Modern Props Auction – Prop House De-Acquisition Sale

Items in artwork not necessarily a part of sale.

Sometimes props just start to gather dust and it’s time to send them off to a new home.

Modern Props, a large prop house that fits snugly between the 210 and the 118, will be auctioning off around 2,000 items in a couple of weeks. They have always had quite an eclectic inventory so it is particularly exciting for those who like unique pieces. None of their fabricated items will be a part of the auction.

All bidding and payment will be handled online and hosted by Billings Auction – this means Modern Props themselves do not have control over who gets what. As much as Ken would love to help you, he won’t even let ME nab this sweet lamp that caught my eye. It should be noted that you can, and SHOULD, stop by Modern Props to view the lots yourself before logging on for the sale. Physical auction preview will occur over the next couple of weeks, specifically October 14-18 and 21-25 from 10am-3pm.

There will be 2,000 lots available to bid on over the two separate sale days. All manner of lighting fixtures, seating and sofas, desks and more will be up for grabs.

Modern Props Auction Preview Times
October 14-18, 21-25
10am – 3pm PST
972 Griswold Ave, San Fernando, CA, 91340
Auction Times
October 26 & 27, 2019
8am PST

You can also check out the Billings Auction homepage for more info:
http://billingsauction.com/

Day 1 Auction Items and time
Day 2 Auction Items and time

Located between the 210 and the 118, Modern Props has an inventory that has been collected over 40 years.
Website: https://modernprops.com

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Debbies Book Digest – Scenic Expressions

We spoke with Mark & Robert Larinto, the managing partners of 4 separate set construction and storage companies; Scenic Expressions, Centerline Scenery, Scenic Highlights, and Upstate Rentals. In our series Debbies Book Digest we ask a few simple questions of some of the businesses working in the film, television and event industries about their background, experience, and love of the entertainment fields.

Mark & Robert Larinto celebrating 25 years working with the industry.

Question: What drew you into the film and television industries?

My family has been in the industry since I was child. My father was an executive at 20th Century Fox and my mother was the first employee of Scenic Express, one of the industry’s first set construction shops. Scenic Expressions was borne from Scenic Express. Soon after my mother left Scenic Express, she purchased Scenic Expressions. Within a year my brother Robert & I were working at the business, this was back in 1997.

Question: What strengths do you believe your companies bring to the table?

We’ve had to diversify our offerings but stay within our vertical. So, we offer set construction, rentals, trucking & storage.  All are within our vertical, all have the same customer base & all work together to make our offering easy to use.

Question: What do you believe has contributed to your longevity in the industry?

Relationships are the core of our businesses. We wouldn’t be in business if we didn’t maintain our relationships. There hasn’t been a day over the last 25 years that myself or my partner haven’t been available to our customers. We have staff that handles most of the day to day work, being available to customers is critical to our business.

Question: What piece of advice would you give newcomers to this industry, both from a business perspective and for creatives?

I tell our new employees to work all of the hours they can, because there are times when the industry slows down. I also have had the opportunity to talk to new business owners in the industry & my standard line there is “this is a marathon, not a sprint”. This industry rewards perseverance and steadfastness.

Question: What do you find is most rewarding about working in The Industry?

I love being a part of a creative process. Building sets allows us to play a part in the overall concept that’s being communicated. Whether is a scene in a play, or just set pieces for a musical act. It’s always different and exciting.

All photos provided by Scenic Expressions
Located on Lankershim Blvd, Scenic Expressions has a large fleet of trucks and trailers, and over 500,000 square feet of storage space.
Website: www.thesceniccompanies.com

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Dapper Cadaver Yard Sale

Have you ever found yourself in a bind because you don’t have a rubber baseball bat, an engraved voodoo skull, a dragon skull, a decorative bird cage, a dead chupacabra, and some clinical supplies including but not limited to an embalming station and inexplicably need them?

Well shoot you are in luck because Dapper Cadaver, the go-to shop for the macabre and more, is having a yard sale. They need to make some room for more creepy horror stuff so you don’t have to and that means a bunch of cool stuff is up for grabs!

This is the perfect time to nab some perfect items just in time for Halloween. They will even have a wide assortment of factory second body parts on clearance. If you need a hand with anything, they might have a severed one available for you.

If you’re interested right now you can even swing over to their website. They currently have many items up on their sale, clearance and discount store page. These items not sold and more will also be available for your purchasing pleasure at their shop Saturday, September 7th from 9am to 12pm.

You can get more info on their Facebook Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/420873118775952/

Saturday 09/07/19 – 9am to 12pm
7648 San Fernando Rd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
Save the date for the Dapper Cadaver yard sale! Shop and save on horror props, medical / science props, dinosaur skulls & bones, candelabras, factory second haunt props, body forms and more!
Located on San Fernando Road, Dapper Cadaver is a prop house and retail store specializing death, science, horror and dark themed props. Perfect for supernatural, crime scene and Halloween dressing.
Website: www.dappercadaver.com

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2019 Labor Day Holiday Hours

It’s that time again where we call up everyone to see who’s open this coming holiday Monday and we have some exciting news!

Pretty much everyone is on vacation and you should be too! We are happy to say that the Debbies Book office will be closed on Monday but back in the swing of things Tuesday, September 3rd with everyone else.

Don’t forget that many prop houses and businesses will be looking to close up their doors a little early this coming Friday. Often by 3pm, or even earlier, so make sure to call ahead if something is coming in late.

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McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World Major Sale

The estate sale company McGinty’s is selling off a big chunk of their inventory and we all get to benefit from that.

The sale begins today (August 8th) but continues through Saturday August 10th, increasing from 30% off on Friday to 60% off on Saturday. Their inventory is a revolving door of interesting smalls, all perfect for adding to your kit or simply your shelf.

I stopped by today with a friend to check it out so here are some snaps I took.

Here is the text sent for the official announcement of this particular sale:

Estate Sale

869 E. Mariposa Street
Altadena, CA 91001

August 8, 9, & 10th

10-3pm

McGinty’s will be liquidating the collection of a prominent local art collector and their collectibles. Among the collection are listed artists, plein air landscapes, portraits, still life’s, silver gelatin photographs. Original artwork by Marie Youngblood, Clifford Silsby, Sam Clayberger, Kieth Scharf, Ralph Waterhouse, JT Chabot, R. Emanuel, Tony Cacalano, Lopez, D. Buckner, L. Jaullin

Lots of miscellaneous knick-knacks, art and antique books, records, LP’s and 78’s, vintage tools, trunks, and ephemera


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Finding Myth & Meaning in Our Personal Stories – Enchanted Studio Props Hosts Talk by Artist Sarah Stone

How does one navigate a dream’s symbolism and personal, internal mythologies? Artist Sarah Stone will address these questions and more this coming July 31st at Enchanted Studio Props alongside their always growing and commendably variable art collection for rent to the film and television industries.

In her talk, Sarah will discuss the intuitive imagination that drives her art and the history behind how she came to develop it.

The talk will be followed by a short Q & A about the artworks on view and then will open up to the floor. Attendees (as time permits) will have an opportunity to share a personal dream with the group and discuss the symbolic imagery therein.

Some snacks and drinks will be available starting at 6, with the talk beginning at 6:30. Sketchbooks will be provided to the first 15 guests. A raffle of one of Sarah’s artworks will be held at the end of the discussion.

Link to Facebook Event

Where:
Enchanted Studio Props
3000 W Empire
Burbank, California 91504

When:
Wednesday, July 31st
6:00 Reception
6:30-8:00 Discussion

Sarah Stone is an artist who has exhibited most recently at The Autry Museum, Ontario Museum of Art, MOAH Cedar and The Korean Cultural Center.
Website: sarahstoneart.com
Formed in 2012, Enchanted Studio Props is a cleared art rental and sales gallery with an ever-growing list of artists whom represent a large amount of mediums and styles.
Website: espart4film.com

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Prop Houses Open This Coming July 5th (2019)

It’s that time of year again where everyone gets together, grills hot dogs, and tries to blow everything up but their hands.

This year July 4th falls on an awkward day, Thursday. That means some people, with their hands hopefully completely still intact, have to get back on the production wagon the Friday after festivities.

As is our custom we’ve asked so you don’t have to. So without further ado (and even fewer explosion jokes related to limb safety) here is our list of prop houses who will have their doors open for you this Friday, July 5th:

Advanced Liquidators
AIR Designs
Alley Cats Studio Rentals
Alpha Companies
Angelus Medical & Optical Co., Inc.
Athletic Room
Faux Library
Green Set (pickups only, office closed)
Hand Prop Room
History for Hire
Independent Studio Services
Inter Video
Lennie Marvin (Prop Heaven)
Little Bohemia Rentals
Modern Props
Modernica Props
NEST Studio Rentals
Ob-jects
Omega/Cinema Props
RC Vintage
Sony Prop House (Off Lot)
Surface Library, The
Target Props LLC
U-Frame It Gallery
Warner Bros Property

Hours subject to change. This is a guide based on information collected. Sometimes people change their minds.

**Last Updated 07/01/19 @ 12:49 pm
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Two of the Largest Prop Houses in San Francisco Auctioning 90% of Inventory

Due to the loss of their lease two major bay area prop houses are auctioning off 90% of their inventories this weekend (May 17-19) and next weekend (May 24-16).

Acme Scenery and The Prop House, two scenery and prop companies that have swallowed up much of the set dressing industry in the Greater San Francisco area are moving out. This means they have to get rid of most of their inventory fast and they are accomplishing that through a series of auctions.

You can view the auctioneer’s website for more information:
https://theyesco.com/current-sale/

Tens of thousands of items will be up for sale at their address:
100 Industrial Way, Brisbane, CA 94005

If you’re up in the area the next two weekends, you should stop by. You never know what may be available!


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PSW Expands with New Showroom in Van Nuys

Just outside the new PSW Haskell Annex

Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, the Hollywood-centric production hub that owns (among many other entities) the prop house Prop Services West (PSW), recently acquired Paladin Cine Rentals. Along with an even larger lighting and grip operation, they also acquired some new real estate.

When I heard that some of that new real estate was going to be used to expand PSW’s footprint I had to visit. Anyone who has visited Prop Services West knows their inventory has quite a selection. Their inventory includes a large selection of home decor and dressing such as kids room, home kitchen, dining room, school, office and more along with more contemporary rentals, sports, musical instruments, various lighting and assorted wall dressing (including cleared art).

What a comfy couple of couches!

Their new space will be used to primarily show off vignettes, helpful for decorators who are looking for just the right setup to point to and rent so they can keep moving. They will also store multiples efficiently so you can see how many you have to work with.

The new 6,000 sq ft space, named PSW Haskell Annex, is open now. Take a second to stop by, see what’s set up (more is on the way) and say hi to Tamra from us! Did we mention there’s a loading dock?

PSW Haskell Annex
8019 Haskell Avenue,
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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A Final ‘Tally Ho’ to Tally Ho Marine Salvage & Decor

Allan Johnson standing in front of a fraction of his nautical junkyard collection.

Allan started Tally Ho a little over 42 years ago selling used netting for decor. Companies like Aaron Brothers, various fish restaurants and bars would send their interior designers over to Tally Ho to grab fixed up and affordable fishing nets. As is often the case it wasn’t long until the entertainment industry found him too.

As his nautical junkyard grew he started to gain the attention of more than just themed restaurants. Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) started to call on him for their themparks. This led to a natural progression into the world of film and television rentals.

Allan and his company Tally Ho began to work with productions such as Hook, Waterworld, Amistad, Hidalgo, and plenty of others. He had become the “outdoor nautical guy” to the few interior nautical guys. He even had opportunities to work with people like Steven Speilberg, Rosemary Brandenburg, and many others.

But now Allan is throwing in the retirement towel. As he puts it, “the film industry has treated me well but it’s time for me to wrap things up and move on.” Now in his 80’s, Allan intends to spend more time with his wife, Annie, and other friends and family.

Where has his inventory gone? Warner Bros Property has scooped up a couple truckloads of items deemed fit for their property department and the rest, though a bit in limbo, may go off to some private collections.

To Allan, from everyone at Debbies Book and the rest of the entertainment industry, “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”