Last week I noticed that MGM was auctioning items from CityCenter and was stoked to find there there were some useful items. I’m still furnishing my new apartment and in the market for a chair for my bedroom and a couple of end tables for the living room. While these are *wants* and not *needs* they are things I’d like to finish out my joint. After starting with ice buckets and such the auction turned to more useful items (for me).
Unfortunately, I didn’t pull the trigger on the chairs I liked but I had a lot of fun watching and listening to the auction. I was actually more caught up in it than I thought. It didn’t help that I had my hootsuite open and there were about 10 or so people I follow equally caught up in the auction.
All in all this was fun for me and it was a good way for MGM to shed some of it’s, relatively, old CityCenter furnishings. If you’re ever in the market for new things I would recommend checking out local hotels for auction and leftover sales items.
Apparently, more than one thousand furnishings from ARIA, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Veer are being sold to the highest online bidders this Monday, February 21. A peek at the auction catalogue shows everything from ice buckets, scales and vanity mirrors to lamps, art, sofas and chairs. Most of the notes for each item report minor scratches, broken parts and/or wear, but some are seemingly damage free.
Unlike the Fontainebleau auction where they were only auctioning nuts and bolts to the public this CityCenter auction has stuff we can actually use (and want)! Check out that chair above! I’ll be signing up for the auction to see if I can finish furnishing my new joint on the cheap! Details below.
I like Oceans 13 more than I should. Not a lot of people like the movie and I’m cool with that. Every time AAA announces their 5 Diamond award winners I think of the movie (see below). To no surprise, Las Vegas was the leading market. Here’s a breakdown:
*NEW Mandarin Oriental
Wynn Las Vegas
Skylofts at MGM Grand
Ritz-Carlton at Lake Las Vegas (will be taken over by Dolce Hotels & Resorts)
Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace
Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio
Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand
Alex at Wynn Las Vegas
No surprise that Las Vegas lead the way. Indulgence is what makes Vegas what it is. This list often serves as a target of places I’d like to visit. Last year I was lucky enough to try out Venetian & Palazzo.
I’m hoping next year brings the other strip hotels that have casinos. If I want a nice hotel without a casino I’ll try one in another city.