World of Tile closeoutI went again yesterday. 350 miles round trip, my third. If you look up the word “mania” in the retro-dictionary, this about defines it.

Still open as of yesterday. Definitely lots of stuff gone. But still some treasures to be found. Above: One of my new WOT BFFs, Jonathan O’Hea of American Bloomsbury Antiques, who has been there more days than me, but not as many as Ellen. He is in the way bottom basement, I am shooting the photo from a loading dock area above. We estimated ceilings in the basement are 30-35 feet high; maybe… what?… 5,000 s.f. footprint? Mego. And tile was/is packed to the ceiling everywhere. Tip: CLICK on the photo and it will double in size on-screen.

Nothing else getting done in my life but WOT-mania, including “organizing” my WOT treasures once I get them home.

Thanks, Jay, for the wots and wots idea. 🙂

UPDATE on hours: They keep saying it’s the last day, then they keep extending. Here is the office phone for the liquidators, call for updates: 973-672-2777.

Read all our World of Tile stories here. 

  1. Robin says:

    Hi there,

    I spoke with the liquidator this evening. They said as of today, no one is allowed in- and that people were being turned away.
    I asked them to ask the new owner to wait while I contacted a salvage company here in NYC. I reasoned that demo and carting will cost them an incredible amount that they should just let someone come and remove it for them. I emailed my friend in hopes he will go for it.

    The liquidators did ring me back to see the results and asked me to ring again tomorrow. Hope that means something good.

    In the meanwhile if anyone got some of the metal/brass furniture legs… please post your info. I’m in need if a quantity.

    I wish I had a way to get over there. Hubby’s travelling for work. I fear I’m going to miss it all.

    Pam, if this salvage delay plan works… you’ll be a retro hero.

  2. Bob Connor says:

    It would have helped a WOT if the accountants had told the owners to try to sell off some of the inventory earlier, like for a whole year, (maybe online, maybe sell the existing stock for a discount) before it had to come to this and there could have been cash flow as people like us bought it, but it was probably the sale of the property to the Nissan dealer that caused this “crisis”. Now the sale is over (that is what the other thread says) and the dealer probably wants to start building.

    Now, most car dealers are on 1 level. What will they do with a 30 feet deep basement? Perhaps bury the remaining tiles in it, cover it with dirt? Then 30 years from now, when the dealer moves, retro renovators will come and dig them up? Why not, it worked when a film maker tried to get the ET game cartridges Atari buried 30 years ago.

  3. pam kueber says:

    Thank you, Robin. I think that all the furniture legs were sold years ago….someone came in, after we first wrote about World of Tile, and scooped them up.

    If you friend goes for it — I am sure there are still lots of tile in there that we would all love to buy!

  4. Chris says:

    My husband and I went there two weeks ago looking for replacement pink tile (which we found!) Not only was the basement and its various rooms huge, but we found our way to the top floor and there were pink bathrooms and a couple stoves still in the boxes. There was a gas stove with a tiled front that I would like to have seen more of. There were rooms that looked like they were used for personal storage; my husband saw a potting room, I saw a stack of new Christmas tree stands… wow!

  5. Anna Deleo says:

    I need 1″vintage tiles. I have a sample. Can you tell me where to send it to see if Chippy can find it?

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