Take a Piece of the Riv Home


After a 60-year run on the Strip, the Riviera closed its doors forever May 4. But if you want to buy one of those doors—or any other tangible reminder of the Riv—the official liquidation sale begins May 14. It’s an everything-must-go deal, too—from chips to chandeliers to walk-in-coolers.

“Anytime you have a casino this large, it’s a challenge,” says Don Hayes, president of National Content Liquidators, which will oversee the sale. NCL also cleared out a number of other Las Vegas casinos, including the Landmark, the Dunes, the Aladdin and, most recently, the Sahara.

Among the items up for grabs: full guest-room bedroom sets, casino signs, restaurant refrigerators/equipment, even showroom curtains. If you attend the sale and find that special something, grab it, because everything is first-come, first-serve. Two more important rules to note: Everything will be sold as-is, and purchasers are responsible for item removal—so before you buy that blackjack table, make sure you can transport it home.

The Riviera’s casino floor alone features more than 150,000 square feet of merchandise, and Hayes notes that these sales draw a wide variety of buyers. “You can buy one Riviera glass or 1,000 glasses,” he explains. “Or if you’re just looking for a souvenir, we also have that.” Does he have any words of advice for those wanting to procure a last piece of the Riviera? “Be prepared for a long day.”

The Riviera’s liquidation sale is from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Sat and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday until everything is gone. Admission is $10 from May 14-17, and free thereafter.