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.”

License to Find: A Debbies Book Tale Press Release

Production on License to Find: A Debbies Book Tale will begin in June with Alan Smithee directing Faye Kinget as the lead of the film. Direct to Ree Productions and Relatively Media have reached an agreement with Alsoran Studios to partner on the worldwide streaming release of the film.

Directory lead and relations manager Debbie (Faye Kinget) has been searching her whole life for a rumored prop dating back to the creation of the color television. Joining an expedition led by fellow directory lead and Debbies Book CEO Lulu Payne (Sue Dunham), Debbie finds a locked warehouse in Mid-City that contains a clue linking the prop to a popular television series that was recently cancelled. But when Lulu is distracted by a squirrel to chase, Debbie has to race to get to the prop house on her own before production finalizes their budget.

Faye Kinget will be playing the role of Debbie alongside Sue Dunham as Lulu Payne and a brief appearance by Joe King as Bryce. Director Alan Smithee (The Birds II: Land’s End, Hellraiser: Bloodline) will direct from an original screenplay by Golden Sticker Recipient (The Land Before Time: Rain of Fire) Gogh Withet with production set to begin on June 25, 2019. Relatively Media will release the film theatrically in the US on November 21, 2020 through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annakarenina Pictures, and Alsoran Studios will release streaming internationally commencing with an earlier release in Bulgaria on November 7, 2020.

Producers Cart Befferörs and Pat Kallinkettle-Black commented, “We are delighted to announce the first installment of the Debbies Book franchise. We will begin shooting at whatever studio is cheapest in June.”

“Under the leadership of Cart and Pat, we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the first Debbies Book adventure in propping to the big screen uniting the incomparable Faye Kinget with the extraordinary vision of Alan Smithee,” said Relatively Media’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Candice B. Fureal. Relatively Media’s President, Motion Picture Division Shirley Knot added, “It has been 16 years since the cult classic Debbies Book: Listing Away was distributed by Relatively Media and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Alsoran Studios.”

Streetwise – A Million Drops Improv Players have free performance Wednesday, March 27.

After four months of weekly workshops the Improv Players of A Million Drops are ready for their first show in front of a live audience!

Free Admission, Free Parking, and Free Laughs!

It’s hard to say no to free comedy, and it’s even harder to say no to supporting a great organization like A Million Drops!

When:
Wednesday, March 27 @ 7-8pm

Where:
A Million Drops Learning Center
(Located Behind the Hollywood Adventist Church)
1711 N Van Ness Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Here is a link to the Facebook Event:

A Million Drops is a non-profit founded by Set Dresser and Decorator Maike Both, their motto is Homeless, Not Hopeless. They are a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct, individual support to homeless, at-risk young adults in who want to make a difference in their lives and need a helping hand to do so.
website: amilliondrops.org

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Quaint Vintage American Prop House Closes Up Shop – Old N Country

We are sad to report today that the little shop full of eclectic and unique Middle-America antiques is closing it’s doors. Old N Country, a little shop that opened up in the old[er] Faux Library location on Vose St is selling off everything. And they are selling off everything quickly.

Old N Country Prop Shop, LLC
12007 Vose St,
Los Angeles, CA, 91605

This is a flash sale. They want it all out by today and tomorrow.

“How much?” you may be asking. Their current asking price is a little less than the 1 week rental price. That’s a steal.

Items in their inventory include a wide assortment of baskets, decorative accessories, typewriters, record players, suitcases, rocking chairs, cabinets, fabrics and quilts, all manner of cups, mugs, bowls with many unique sizes, sewing machines, and so much more. I am serious – they have a lot of items to check out.

Go by their location today – and if you can’t make it today swing by tomorrow. There are more items than you will know what to do with.

website: www.oldncountry.com

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New Year, New Location – Inter Video Makes Their First Move in 6 Years

What’s better than an Inter Video?

An Inter Video with a loading dock!

Dock it to me! Here’s a shot of their new spot for easy pickup/dropoff.

After 6 years at their location in Burbank Inter Video, a video sync/computer playback and technical set dressing company, is making a big move over to Valley Blvd. Now you can access their large inventory of all kinds of computers, monitors, televisions and projectors (not to mention other electronic dressing) with the comfort of easy pickup at their dock.

Is that both practical and prop related tech dressing or are you just happy to see me?

They are now closer to the Arts District, where a lot of Commercial and Event people are located, just off of Valley Blvd on the other side of the train tracks near ABC Caskets and Enox Events.

So go check them out at their new location:

Loading Dock:
4361 Valley Blvd.
Dock #11
Los Angeles, CA 90032


Offices (located in same building):
1919 Vineburn Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90032

and give Richard a high-five from us!

Website: intervideo.co

The entrance is easy to get to, just ring the bell.
Founded in 1981 with the goal of providing specialty video services like 24 frame Playback, Inter Video now supplies video and computer playback services, rent large format LCD/LED monitors, high output LCD projectors, 4K computer displays, technical set dressing, as well as hundreds of period TVs and computer monitors.

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Faux Library Moves Again – Bigger and Better

At the beginning of last December I had a chance to check out the new Faux Library location and came away with only one response. It’s big. As in more than 90,000 square feet big.

Needless to say Marc Meyer, the founder and habitual collector of all things Faux Library, is excited (on top of still having and adding to the largest collection of fake books on both sides of the Mississippi). I can only assume Mandy is excited too! 😜

The move will be done over the coming months, planned from January – March. During this transition both their old location on the Case loop and their new location will be open at the same time.

Looking for a specific piece? Throw them a call to make sure you are headed to the right location.

Where is the new location, you ask?
11501 Hart St,
North Hollywood, CA, 91605

When you have a chance go congratulate Faux and check out their new space. Did I mention it was big

Faux Library address before this move was on the case loop:

7100 Case Avenue, N Hollywood, CA, 91605

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Event: Artplex Gallery Grand Opening – Dec 6

Everyone likes tasty bites and snacks, and everyone [who’s cool] likes art. Next week on Thursday, December 6th from 6-9pm, a new art gallery is opening up on Beverly Blvd – Artplex Gallery.

Their grand opening will include a show with some great talents curated for the new space:

Iqi Qoror

Sleeping With Big Banana – Iqi Qoror

Nelson De La Nuez

Sweet Dreams – Nelson De La Nuez

Marco Schmidli of Schmidli Backdrops

0454 Untitled – Marco Schmidli

and more including Nando Kallweit, Cole Altuzarra, and Sally West. Go check it out, if not for anything else but the snacks (but also because you’re cool and like art)!

Where:
Artplex Gallery
7377 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When:
Thursday, December 6th
6 – 9 pm
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Happy Thanksgiving from Debbies Book – 2018

Everyone at Debbies Book would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, yes even the runners. Just like most prop houses, we will be closed for the rest of the week.

May you have so much food to eat that you gobble gobble until you can only wobble wobble!