It's been awhile since people lined a city block to pile into the Broadview Hotel.
The hotel, now closed for renovations, was a madhouse today, the first day of its liquidation sale.
After noon, one sales officials estimated that 3,000 people had been through the hotel, with lines to pay still about an hour long.
"This is the biggest garage sale in town today," said Frank Long, president of International Content Liquidations, a Dayton, Ohio, firm handling the sale.
"And it's all bargains, all a deal.... People will pay to get a deal."
Rooms of guest room furniture, much of it like new, went out the door along with suite furnishings, granite bathroom sinks and chandeliers. In addition, furniture and figures from the Speak Easy Bar, Le Parc Restaurant and Chisholm's Bar and Grill are being sold.
Twenty-five shoppers at a time were let in so Long's crew could handle the crush of traffic.
The sale will continue for at least three weeks.
Come back to Kansas.com or see Friday's Eagle for more on the sale.