Monday, April 12, 2010

Star Trek Warehouse Sale

Almost a year and half ago, the Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton closed its doors. The rumor mill has since abounded with stories of a reopening at a mall in downtown Vegas and a possible sale of items from the old exhibit.

You will never imagine my amazement when Hubby told me on Friday that it was finally happening, Propworx had been hired by CBS/Paramount to sell some of the items from the Experience AND they were doing it on Saturday April 10th. Talk about the best kept secret in Trek history, how did this not leak months ahead of time?

We both promptly sprung into geek-mode and prepared for the long trip to Vegas. So on Saturday morning at 2 am, we jumped in the truck and drove 8 hours to stand in line with 200+ fans to buy a piece of Trek history. (In case you are wondering, we drove home the same day).

There were a multitude of items available including: tables, chairs, wall panels, Borg alcoves, models, bridge pieces, gift shop hardware, costumes, and more. Of course many of the more unique items were set aside for their auction in August, but there certainly were enough other items to go around.

Adam Savage from Mythbusters!!

Ready Room Doors from the bridge of the Enterprise D

Insignias from the Experience

Panel from the shuttle ride

Random "Trek" style conduit

Klingon Bird of Prey

The guy in the blue shirt is the quintessential Star Trek fan.

Nacelles from the Enterprise D, the saucer section of the ship was destroyed, literally sawed into pieces.

Console where Hubby and I signed our marriage certificate.

Various desks and consoles, Borg alcove on the very right.

Bridge seating and consoles, missing all the panels

Rolling "door" from the Promenade

Captain's Chair

Retail Shopping Rack

The Voyager and the original Enterprise, both were purchased by a group who will restore them to their natural glory.

The Voyager

As you might have noticed, a lot of these items were destroyed or damaged in every way possible. Very little care or compassion was taken when removing them from the Experience. In addition, they have been sitting in the warehouse (or similar location) for over a year. It was a sincere travesty to see such destruction and it was surprising considering how much money they could have potentially made with pristine, well preserved items.

Despite the clamoring, elbow swinging, and trampling, I am happy to announce that we walked away with some pretty exceptional pieces!

Purchase #1: Glass piece with Star Trek logo from Quark's Restaurant.

Purchase #2: This was a retail shelving unit which has the Star Trek logo on it, the brackets which were included also have the Star Trek logo on the end of each one.

Our loot all loaded in the truck

Our Final purchase and our prized possession! A podium which was either the menu podium outside the Experience or the reservation desk at Quark's Bar, we're not sure which one yet!

Hubby was interviewed by NPR, here is the audio.
Nevada Public Radio -- News 88.9 KNPR

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