New Orleans Hotel Buying Back Ashtrays, Flatware From Past


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans hotel wants to buy back flatware, ashtrays, postcards and other items kept as memorabilia from a half-century or more ago.

The Jung Hotel said it will pay $8 for flatware with the old Jung Hotel logo, $4 for ashtrays, and $3 for paper items such as napkins, postcards or programs from the many conventions, proms and Mardi Gras balls held there. Prices will be negotiated on the spot for items such as pens, clocks and swizzle sticks, according to a news release Tuesday.

Sellers also get a voucher for two drinks at the hotel bar, with an overnight stay for whoever wins the "best item" contest.

The items must date from 1907 to 1971, before the first sale that changed the hotel's name.

The hotel closed after Hurricane Katrina's floods in 2005 and is now back to its original name after another sale and a $140 million renovation.

A news release says the item buyback will last through June.

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