Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Mulia Hotel Jakarta : garage sale

The Garage Sale term had not been popular by most Indonesian (at least for me) till the 1997-1998 Economic Crisis. So many garage sale been advertised on those year. From my humble observation, Garage Sale in Indonesia originaly been used to get fast cash on hard economic time.

During the 1997-1998 economic crisis, so many employee got retrenched by their employer. The term of garage sale then evolve bluntly as "selling in garage" :)

Yes, so many people was starting their small business by selling things in their garage at that time. I even come up with hypotesis that The Garage Sale has been triggered the change of many properties from housing become commercial.

Anyway, helding a GARAGE SALE can not be interprete as Hotel Mulia going to change its business to become a furniture retail or second hand outlet. I think this is part of the strategy for getting the last economical value of their asset. Even for the asset with BIG ZERO value :)

As a wellknown five start hotel in Jakarta, Mulia Hotel have to keep up their quality of services. That is also include providing the best room and its peripherals. I do not believe a smile and a deep-from-heart service solely can make a hotel deserve a 5 thumbs up of customer satisfaction.

After replacing their furniture with the new one, they stored those furniture with Zero Value asset to their warehouse. And i should thank to the hotel management who came up with the bright idea to advertise their GARAGE SALE for public. It was published on Kompas Saturday. Thank GOD i read that ad.

So, there we were ... me and pipung (my hubby) on 0900hr sharp on Saturday last week ... hunting for some very "pocket friendly" furniture :)

I was a bit complaining about the "un-prepared" hotel staff for handling the selling. But being able to find some good stuffes with price of 1/10 from the brand new one .... I think i should keep my mouth Shut ... hahahahaha.


Sils Frebrian said...

hureeee...akhirnya org indo terbuka juga pikirannya, bahwa tidak semua garage sale itu barang loakkan yg menjijikkan....kadang2 banyak untungnya, krn udah harganya murmer, toh beli mebel baru juga dicoret2 anak2.....malah bikin sutris....kalo gini kan, kita nyante2 aza....
kadang2, kl gw nyari barang antik, kemana lagi kl bukan hunting garage sale atau flea market.....gw termasuk org yg demen koleksi barang kuno ren...apalagi pajang2an.....
disini sih, bule2 pada doyan barter barang, beli garage sale, trus jual barang mrk yg mrk udah bosen....nggak kaya nggak kismin, kl hobi sih...why not?