An Insane Number Of Discarded Furnishings From The Newspaper’s Old HQ Are Up For Auction. Here Are The Most Interesting Items You Can Buy For A Few Bucks.
When the Dallas Morning News moved across Downtown Dallas from its behemoth old 508 Young Street headquarters and into its new 1954 Commerce Street home in late 2017, it explained that it was downgrading its footprint from 325,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet with an eye toward a sleeker future.
By that same token, its new digs were also to be fit with modern amenities. Anything that didn’t scream “progress!” — and, let’s be honest, just a ton of stuff that wouldn’t fit in the new spot — was to be left behind.
So, when developer Ray Washburne purchased the old DMN HQ for $28 million earlier this year, it came “furnished.” But Washburne hopes to turn the property — it has a desirable location, sitting in the shadow of Reunion Tower and a stone’s throw from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center — into a complex boasting a “hotel, restaurants, possibly a Gilley’s or Billy Bob’s venue,” so all that old stuff just won’t be of much use to him.
Maybe you’d like it?
With plans to start demolition on the interior next week (Washburne says he expects to keep its exterior intact), the Dallas Online Auction Company is currently accepting bids on everything that the Dallas Morning News left behind.
There’s a shit-ton of stuff — 1,479 lots in total — up for grabs here, folks. And, sure, unless you fetishize old Ethernet cables, out-of-date computers or hulking old monitors, most of it is indeed junk. But some of these things are pretty interesting!
Surely, some restaurateur in town might be interested in scoring a kitchen appliance or two from the building’s old cafeteria — volume freezers, industrial, refrigerators, heat lamps — for less than a C-note, yeah? Or maybe your growing business needs a new conference table for the steep cost of a couple bucks?
Following a Thursday, October 17, in-person viewing of items, the currently active online auction will end at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 19. At that point, winning bidders will have three days to get their items out of the building — and, yes, on their own dime.
Because we’re fascinated by trivial things such as this, we’ve spent a good chunk of this morning going through the items that are up for sale. These are the things that piqued our interest the most:
- various journalism award plaques!
- so many white boards
- too many office chairs
- assorted round tables
- a ton of conference tables (including “extremely large” ones)
- a matching gray chair and love seat
- motivational posters (lol)
- a kinds of mirrors
- tons of fire extinguishers
- a cool map of dallas, of Dallas-Fort Worth and of Texas
- a prize wheel
- a red carpet!
- these wet floor signs with cool patina
- A “Nobody beats the Dallas Morning News in the morning!” poster
- this cool work bench
- these useful flat-paper filing cabinets
- a framed Big Tex photo
- framed old DMN issues
- a red bean bag chair
- a neat work cabinet
- small parts drawer organizer
- a cool leather chair
- this two-door freezer
- a safe
- a heat lamp
- heavy duty storage racks
- a hand, we guess?
- a microwave
- a refrigerator
- a nice wooden bench
- food service station
- a three-door refrigerator
- an ice machine
- a hot plate grill top that would be perfect for an omelette station
- a deep fryer
- this Headliner Diner sign that would be cool in a green room at a venue maybe?
- lots of shelves
- plenty of filing cabinets
- lots of clocks!
- a heavy duty travel case
- bathroom stalls!
- a big-ass granite sink
- some nice wooden desks
- plenty of wooden cabinets
- Quick newsstands — two styles!
- an encyclopedia set
- a microfiche reader
- this gray love seat
- a truly shocking number of American flags — some with poles, some without, some GIANT, and some available in bulk
- this rad shop towel container
- like, so many lockers
- posters celebrating the paper’s Pulitzer Prizes!
- this stainless steel and glass side table
Does this list speak volumes about the bloated past and sheer hubris of our more traditional media outlets? Yeah, probably! Anyway, just something to ponder as you peruse all of the offerings here.
All photos via Dallas Online Auction Company.