Omaha used to be home to a handful of popular breweries like Falstaff, Metz, and Krug to name a few. If you're looking for a piece of history as refreshing as the whole outdoors, the Storz Mansion estate sale just might be your cup of, eh, tea.
"This is a tiffany desk lamp that would be on a desk at the turn of the century in the 1920's," said Jerry Pabst with Collectors Choice Estate Sales. It came from the Storz Mansion. "Storz is a real magic name in Omaha and Nebraska," said Bill Bures of Collectors Choice. The owner donated the building to Creighton University and everything inside is part of the tag sale at Collectors Choice Estate Sales. A 19th century Dresden porcelain urn is expected to bring in over $20,000.
There's plenty of beer memorabilia. One can even buy a case of Storz Triumph (empty of course). There are beer coolers, even Arthur Storz's personal cooler. And for a trip down memory lane, check out how much a six-pack of beer cost, $1.30 for Storz, and 99 cents for Bud. "I wasn't old enough to drink when Storz was around," said Bures. For a name that hasn't been household since the late sixties, the Storz estate sale is drawing calls from across the country. "The family thought this was the jewel of all," said Pabst. It's advertising for Storz Blue Ribbon beer from 1903. "Bought it from Storz and it became Pabst Blue Ribbon,” said Jerry Pabst. "I don't think he has any close connections with the family anymore," said Bures. “My grandfather is a cousin to somebody related to that bunch," said Pabst. Does he drink Pabst? “No! I don't really like beer."
Remember Storz slogans? Some even work now during the estate sale. For example, “the last is as good as the first.” The estate tag sale runs Saturday thru Monday at Collectors Choice, 35th and Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. If you are a serious buyer, you'll need to arrive early because numbers will be handed out at 8 a.m. to those in line. The building will only handle 150 customers at a time.