Colwick company to sell off Olympic furniture
FANCY getting your hands on Usain Bolt's sofa or Rebecca Adlington's table lamp?
While there's no guarantee of knowing which athlete handled what, from tomorrow Notts residents will have the chance to snap up the remaining items from the Olympic Village at London 2012.
A Colwick-based company has been storing some of the furniture – including beds, lamps, and sofas from the athletes' rooms – while selling items online.
But now it will be open for people to view and take their pick of what's left.
One million items have already been sold by Remains of the Games, but there are around 500,000 left.
Paul Levin, head of operations at the company, in Trent Lane, said: "The numbers involved in this entire operation have been vast and, even though we are essentially at the stage of what we call "the remains of the remains", this is arguably the biggest furniture disposal ever staged at one location, with around half a million items on sale.
"The feel-good factor of the Olympics is still with us and many people still want to pick up a souvenir."
Until now the items, which also include designer furniture supplied to London 2012 by John Lewis and Conran, were only available to the public via the company's website. There are thousands of pieces of garden furniture, over 60,000 chairs, 15,000 bedside lamps and around 2,000 sofas left.
Sian and Keeran Fowdur from Bramcote ordered two umbrellas as a way of remembering the Olympics, which were made extra special thanks to the arrival of their second child, Isaac, just one week before.
Sian said: "The Games were great, because we were up day and night and there was always something to watch. They helped to make our summer really special."
All the stock needs to be sold by May and the company is also planning to invite charities, youth organisations and sports clubs to bid for items at subsidised rates.