A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 11, 2012
Texas Treasure Chest (Texas Facilities Commission store)

The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) operates a store in Austin as part of the State Surplus Property Program. The TFC has dubbed the store “The Texas Treasure Chest” because of the many low-cost items that it sells.
“Texas Treasure Chest” is also the name of a gift shop in Christoval, Texas that sells Texas items.
Texas Facilities Commission (TFC)
Welcome to the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC)
The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC) is responsible for planning, providing and managing facilities for more than one hundred state agencies in over 290 cities throughout Texas. Our current inventory totals 24 million square feet of leased and state-owned properties which include office, warehouse and parking facilities supporting the needs of over 55,000 state employees.
To accomplish our mission, TFC has a broad range of professional services and expertise encompassing the universe of facilities management. These include master planning, real estate acquisition, space planning, allocation and management, architecture and engineering, design and construction management, lease procurement, operations, maintenance, energy management and state & federal surplus property administration.
SURPLUS PROPERTY The State Surplus program has surplus property available for sale to the public, including state surplus vehicle sales. The surplus facility is located at 6506 Bolm Road, Austin, Texas 78721, (512) 463-1990, and is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
TFC - Texas Facilities Commission
State Surplus Property Program
The Texas Treasure Chest
Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram
Posted Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011 Updated Friday, Dec. 23, 2011
Texas surplus agency makes it easy to shop for that hard-to-buy-for person
By Patrick M. Walker
Does your Christmas gift list include riot helmets, a baggage X-ray machine or a hot dog warmer/popcorn maker with a nacho cheese dispenser?
What about a not so gently used state highway patrol cruiser, minus flashing lights and siren?
Those are among the items available in two online auctions being conducted at lonestarauctioneers.com for the Texas Facilities Commission, the agency responsible for disposing of state surplus items as well as belongings surrendered at airport checkpoints.
Over the past two fiscal years—through its auctions, including two eBay seller pages, and at its storefront in Austin and its warehouses in Fort Worth and San Antonio—the agency has generated $14.6 million in sales, according to figures obtained through a public information request. Some of those funds are returned to the originating agency, and some cover program costs. Anything left over goes to the state’s general fund.
Because of its eclectic mix of merchandise—much of it priced far lower than it would be elsewhere—the Austin store is nicknamed the “Texas Treasure Chest.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Wednesday, January 11, 2012 • Permalink

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