Memorial Day Observance and Prop Houses

We usually do a holiday hour post for prop houses open on the extended weekend holiday. As it turns out pretty much everyone is taking the day off to observe Memorial Day this year. That means we will close up this coming Monday too.

We want to extend a reminder to everyone that most shops, if things are slow, will close early this Friday in early observance.

Enjoy your 3-day weekends, but also take some time to think on those who are no longer with us.

See you all next week!


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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.”

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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Old N Country – A Blast From the Past

Stop by Old N Country if you want a little blast from the past. It reminds me of an old little prop house called Billy Woolfe.

I’m not sure how many of you remember, but Billy Woolfe was located on Beachwood Drive in Hollywood. It would soon be purchased by Chuck and Bill to add to their growing collection at Prop Services West (it would then also be labeled The Billy Woolfe Collection).

Don’t bother checking this out on google because I’m older than google.

At any rate, one of the latest prop houses in town reminds me of the atmosphere of the Billy Woolfe prop house. Old N Country is just that, props from a simpler time and place. Their inventory could easily dress a grandmothers house, or just someone living out in Middle America on their little farm.

The collection arrived at the end of 2016 and has continued to grow as they bring more items over from their storage facilities in Philadelphia. If you haven’t visited Old N Country recently, and especially if you haven’t stopped by at all, go and check them out. The cow shaped milk jug is worth it alone.

Website: www.oldncountry.com

Where to Find Modern Tech Rentals

We open to our protagonist working (sort of) on her laptop in the evening with a glass of wine in hand. Suddenly her cell phone rings.

It’s her boss, there’s a big scoop, and she needs to get to the office ASAP, preferably an hour ago!

We finally get to the office where a security guard is sitting inside the entrance at his computer. They wave familiarly to each other as he buzzes her in and our character walks from this quiet first room to a large, open office buzzing with activity; landline phones, cell phones, monitors and television screens abound. It’s going to be a long work night.

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The most common kinds of productions take place, more or less, in the here and now. The latest cell phones, laptops and television screens (to name just a few things) need to be present to set the scene. Sometimes the simplest of items can be hard to track down quickly and affordably, especially when you are talking about current technologies with current technology costs (I’m looking at YOU iPhone X).

On top of that, sometimes behind the camera a production needs current technologies. Wifi boxes (MiFis, hotspots), laptops, cell phones and more need to be available for a crew that doesn’t have those items themselves. Where do you rent modern technology, especially WORKING modern technology?!? Oh that’s right, Debbies Book can help with that.

Wireless for All (laptop and iPhones), RJR Props (desktop computer), Woody's Electrical Props (control panels)
Photo Credits: Wireless for All (left), RJR Props (middle), Woody’s Electrical Props (right)

Airwaves Wireless
Cell phones, cell phone plans (temporary and long term), laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots and routers. Airwaves is one of the two gotos for working, handheld and modern tech. They also carry laptops, smartwatches and more. Whether it’s for in front of the camera or behind they can get it to you.

LCW Props
Looking for some Blackberry’s, or perhaps some flip phones or at least phones with keypads? When it comes to “not new” cell phones LCW has you covered. Computer monitors, computers (from Ataris to more modern desktop towers), servers are available. They are also a great resource for the seemingly always needed “tech bench” with monitors and computers attached.

Modern Props
From PDAs, CRT Monitors and “folding computer pocket organizer” resource to futuristic faux technology with moving and blinking lights that do whatever you need them to. Modern Props is the go to for those and everything in-between. Check out their website and their new location!

RJR Props
What better place to get electronics than from a place that has been purposefully collecting and repairing them for decades? RJR Props, located in Atlanta, is an electronic repair company turned prop house. From servers to computers and more they’re a great resources, especially for the South and East Coast.

The Hand Prop Room
Cell phones, televisions, radios and office equipment, many rigged for production. They aren’t called the Hand Prop Room for nothing!

Wireless for All
Cell phones, Go Pros, tablets, screen protectors, accessories, plans and more. If it needs to be modern and working, they will work with you. On top of what they have in their inventory, they repair items too. Specializing in screen repairs, they can make that cell phone look like you never dropped your glass water bottle on it.

Woody’s Electrical Props
Need wallmounted computer panels, levers, servers, and more? Woody’s has been providing Control Panels and Consoles for years. Modern Industrial, Antique Industrial, Mission Control, Air Tower, Computer Room, Military and Fantasy Sets have all included Woody’s creations.

Honorable Mentions:
Omega/CP Two – Rooms of tech, both working and non-practical. Give them a call, they’ve got it most likely.
Sony Prop House (Off Lot) – Computers, gadgets and more from over the decades.
Universal Studios Property – Laptops of various decades, gaming consoles, desktop computers, monitors and more.
Warner Bros Property – Old school floppy drives to modern laptops and desktops. They even have laptop cases!