No, you can’t specifically request the dresser where gymnast Gabby “Flying Squirrel” Douglas stashed her gold medals, the desk chair where swimmer Michael Phelps sat tweeting about his victories or the sofa of the youngest U.S.A. team member, gold medal winner Katie Ledecky.
But, if you are lucky, you might manage to actually bag one of those items – without really knowing it – if you go shopping at London’s Remains Of The Games offered by Ramier Furniture Ltd., the “fixtures, fittings and equipment” (FF&E – furnishings) provider for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Ramier was charged with designing, shipping, warehousing, assembling, maintaining and ultimately, retrieving and disposing furnishings for housing in the Olympic Village as well as other equipment items for other Olympic venues.
Now that the Olympics are over, everything must go.
Remains Of The Game has everything from athletes’ bedroom sets, book cases, benches and bean bags to safes, shelving, tables and TV stands – even diving judges chairs, crowd barriers and equipment carrying trolleys
The long list of clearance items, with prices, includes a “superlong extended Olympic bed;” a patio/balcony set of two chairs and a table (olive green), $55; modular sofa sections, $108 each; a hanging bowler hat light fixture, $123 and and “unusual” floor lamp, $155.
Let’s be honest. You probably wouldn’t buy this stuff unless it was Olympic memorabilia, but there are some interesting items available.
The nearly new items are “Kobe-slept-here” collectibles in a kitschy sort of way, but the bulk of the designed-for-temporary-use furniture is somewhat staid and largely right-angled, boxy and boring in design.
However, you can wrangle for some of the “conversation pieces,” including colorful chaise lounges, matching ottomans and other items that could nicely fill out spaces in extra rooms and vacation homes.
There are even a few real designer items from John Lewis – if Olympic atheletes’ names aren’t enough to drop – pink and blue gel dining chairs, $108; glass and chrome coffee tables, $202; and chrome-wrapped, circular dining tables, $218.
Available now, items won’t ship until weeks after the Olympics end.
There is a catch. Shipping across The Pond.
“Remains Of The Games makes no profit on deliveries and although every effort will be made to keep charges to a minimum – please understand that the actual operating costs for all proper transport companies here in the UK are relatively high,” Remains Of The Games discloses.
Shipping, by United Parcel Service (UPS), begins Sept. 1 2012.