Restaraunt 'Flair'

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Shawn C, Aug 15, 2002.

  1. Shawn C

    Shawn C Screenwriter

    May 15, 2001
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    As I was sitting in Ruby Tuesday's for lunch today, I was looking around at the walls and thinking to myself "Where do they get all of this stupid crap?"

    Where do places like this and Applebees and T.G.I. Friday's get all of the stupid junk on their walls?

    Here is a list of a few things I noticed today:

    An old Victrola mounted upside down
    Some old sled
    Various records
    Various Elvis related memorabilia
    Old bowling pins
    Old skis
    Old license plates
    Old shoes
    Various tin plates for things like cars, beer, etc
    Old Birdcage

    Is there some sort of supplier for this crap? Is someone making money selling this stuff to these restaraunts? Is there some company that specializes in making this stuff?
  2. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

    May 24, 2001
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    Some places actively seek donations for that stuff. A local chain here--Portillo's--keeps a big warehouse filled with all this old memorabilia and when they open a new restaurant, they pick and choose what will be hung from the ceilings and walls. The Fuddrucker's hamburger chain even posts signs asking patrons to donate their nostalgic and antique items for decorating their restaurants. The kicker: The chain provides no monetary compensation, retains permanent ownership of the items and doesn't even credit the names of the people that "donate" them.
  3. Jefferson

    Jefferson Supporting Actor

    Apr 23, 2002
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    One person's "crap" is another person's thriving antique business. I like a lot of it. They get tons of it from estate sales.
  4. Bill Slack

    Bill Slack Supporting Actor

    Mar 16, 1999
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    They have a person (or more than one) that go around to auctions and buy up cheap crap to put on the walls. That's what I was told when I asked at a TGIF in Milwaukee...

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