Where to Find Playground Equipment

Every child has had love for playgrounds. Swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, animals on springs and roundabouts (merry go rounds). There is really only one problem about playgrounds, one that never bothered kids. They’re rather permanent.

So now it’s time to dress a park, a backyard, or even a kids space at a fast food restaurant or mall. You need an impermanent but permanent looking set of rentals and playground equipment. Thankfully we’ve climbed around Los Angeles and beyond to find all kinds for you. Was it so we could pretend we were kids again or was it so we could help you out?

Why can’t it be both?

Worlds of Wow - Sculpted Play Set
Worlds of Wow – Sculpted Play Set

Alley Cats Studio Rentals
Jungle gyms, swing sets, teeter totters and more. They specialize in the outdoor props and how much more outdoors can you get than a playground set?

L. A. Steelcraft Products, Inc.
They have been making playground equipment for over 60 years including the usual merry-go-rounds, play barrels, arch climbers, swings and much more. If you need a variety to select from (or simply need something fabricated for a playground) LA Steelcraft has the experience, know how, and inventory.

Lennie Marvin (Prop Heaven)
An outdoor playset, spring animals and outdoor exercise bars are a part of their inventory. They also have the ever elusive ball pit balls that can often be hard to track down!

Sunland Creations
The kings of the backyard play set, Sunland Creations has it down to a science. On top of the usual suspects (swing sets and trampolines) they do the backyard play set structures the child in us always wanted. From the simplest playhouse to the two-story set ups with a tube slide, a zip line and swings attached; they’ve got you covered.

Worlds of Wow
If you need indoor playspaces dressed, Worlds of Wow is a must contact. From largescale play areas a la Chuck E Cheese and Sky Zone, to little play areas such as a church or doctors office, they have the resources and experience making it for you. 3D Climbable sculptures, themed environments for mall rest stops, toddler play areas and more are all available through these magic wielders.

Honorable Mentions:

Omega/Cinema Props – School playground dressing including sports items and rubber balls.
Universal Studios Property – Outdoor jungle gym and a few other accessories.
Warner Bros Studios Property – Boxes of ball pit balls, kids sports items and additional school dressing.

Where to Find Gambling Equipment, Dressing and Dealers

Everyone who is anyone is there. Glasses are overflowing with champagne from bottles worth more than the average income of the lower classes in his district. Girls, music and gambling abound. Poker tables, blackjack, roulette, the works.

The shady mayor is running for reelection. He’s a shoe-in, no one dares to run against him. That’s why undercover cop Hugh Watcherself is here. The mayor is always good to those that are in his posse and Hugh finally got an in. All of the mayor’s cronies get on to the “fundraising” event boat to start off his campaign with a bang. Hopefully no one suspects Detective Watcherself…

L. A. Party Works - Casino Night
L. A. Party Works – Casino Night

Everyone knows gambling equipment. Heck most people have stepped into at least one casino at some point (others quite a few casinos in the last week). It makes sense that casinos should have all the necessary gizmos, gadgets and accessories but where does a production or event get them?

It’s just one dang scene/event so no one needs to buy them! Why take a gamble with a random company when you can just ask Debbies Book?

L. A. Party Works
Eric and his company love putting on events, both on the stage and IRL, of every kind. Sports themed, magicians, clowns and more. One of their specialties, however, is a gambling theme. Roulette tables, poker tables, blackjack and more, LA Party Works has what you’re looking for.

Dealer Dolls
A unique Gambling Equipment event service, Dealer Dolls doesn’t just specialize with inventory, they come with talent. With a fully trained staff that can work everything from a small private event at home to a large-scale fundraiser or network event, they have the know-how, the costumes, and the equipment to make it happen.

R. C. Vintage
Always masters of the vintage and retro, RC Vintage doesn’t stop at that specialization when it comes to gambling equipment. Slot machines, craps tables, casino chips and everything else you need from a time not too long ago can be nabbed over there.

Lennie Marvin’s Prop Heaven
Prop Heaven has a few emphases, and gambling equipment is one of them. Slot machines and card tables are here to rent.

It’s a Deal
Poker tables, craps tables, pai gow tables and much more await anyone who needs to rent them. It’s A Deal is here for all an event or production’s gambling needs, and can even provide custom felts, cards and stools for you.

Honorable Mentions:

Hand Prop Room – Antique and vintage cards, chips, racks, keepers and more.
CP Valley – Slot machines, gambling tables, chip racks and even a raffle drum!
Sony Pictures Studios Prop House (Off Lot) – Cribbage equipment, dominoes cases, lotto games, raffle equipment.

Where to Find Steampunk Decor & Dressing

A cowboy is racing towards a small shack on his trusty stead, being chased by God knows what. He jumps off and runs into the humble structure; the door isn’t even locked. Pulling on a seemingly random series of wooden panels on the wall a hole and staircase appear below. He presses a button in the stairwell as he descends, once again hiding the secret entrance. As we enter below the camera peels away to look around the room. Computer control panels, half completed robots, and futuristic weaponry abound.

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Lux Lounge EFR – Steampunk Collection

Steampunk is a sci-fi fantasy genre often placed in a Victorian or Wild West setting. Generally it is a period setting with one minor change. Machines wilder than the imagination exist and generally work off of steam power.

It has gathered popularity over recent years, though existing for decades, becoming more and more prominent in pop culture. But where on Earth do you find a source to dress and decorate such a scene? Who has the gizmos and hand props? I’ll bet Debbies Book can help.

Sword & Stone
The craftsmen over at Sword & Stone are unparalleled when it comes to both their talent and experience with The Industry. If you need something to be crafted they have the know-how. One thing they aren’t often touted for, however, is their large inventory of items for sale (and rent too if you need to).

The Rational Past
If you need period scientific equipment these guys are a must. From industrial antiques to pocket watches, gauges and drafting equipment they’ve got you covered. They are really a great spot, I love unique businesses.

Lux Lounge EFR
It’s rare for an event company to have steampunk styles, but Lux Lounge does. Steampunk sofas, chairs, banquetes and even chandeliers. If you need a large room (or an event) filled, they’ve got you covered so you don’t lose any steam putting everything together.

Jadis
A little gem in Santa Monica with quite an array of unique items. Aviation models, goggles, copper ring towers and all manner of quack medical equipment not to mention motorized gear units, control panels and tesla coils. This place was serving steampunk as rentals long before the term was really even popularized. They went under the radar for a few years but are certainly back up and running and ready for the task.

Honorable Mentions:

History for Hire
If it’s older than new, they’ve got it and (especially when working with period pieces) you won’t regret swinging by to find much of what you need.

LCW Props
One of the kings of miscellaneous, the crew over at LCW is always happy to get to you what you need. They have plenty of control panels and aerospace equipment, plus things you probably didn’t even realize you want.

N.S. Aerospace Props
Rocket parts, hydraulic hoses, flow control valves and so many other parts. They have the large assortment of parts and pieces that could make anyone drool (if they drooled over aerospace parts).

Warner Bros. Studios Property Department
Remember Wild Wild West? Guess where quite a bit of those items went? That’s right, a classic steampunk movie has some of it’s pieces right in the heart of the studio lot.

Where to Find Astronautical Dressing & Costumes

Action Sets and Props / WonderWorks, Inc.
Action Sets and Props / WonderWorks, Inc.

You’ve finally landed on the distant planet. Something you’ve dreamed of since you were a child. The camera slowly rolls past your shoulder too look through the viewport. All the eye can see is vast, uninhabitable terrain. You’ve trained for this moment, your colleagues have too. There’s just one more thing missing before you step out on that new planet toward the unknown. You’re going to need a spacesuit.

Of course the kicker is that most places don’t carry such unique suits, let alone shuttles and other NASA dressing. If only there was a resource that helped track down the unusual, the hard to find, and occasionally the simply odd.

Oh that’s right. Debbies Book:

Action Sets and Props/Wonderworks, Inc.
Space shuttles and space stations, expertise in working with realistic effects, miniatures, spacesuits, NASA dressing, and rovers. If your next shoot involves anything space, this is where to start. From realistic replicas to fabrication of futuristic pieces Wonderworks will get you there and back in time for supper.

Global Effects
Global Effects is always a great place to stop for costumes, props and miniatures. When it comes to space, that is no less the case. Realistic and futuristic costumes abound along with creature effects, makeup effects and more. They also have some great suits of armor and other historical items.

LCW Props
LCW Props is known for being eclectic, and never in a bad way. They have a large selection of aerospace parts and test planes, and other pieces perfect for dressing a scene that needs them.

Modern Props
From the useful (think space shuttle hardware and computer panels) to the out of this galaxy (such as their pulsating futuristic lamps and passkey controls) they are perfect for getting your set to look right. They even manufacture items perfect for a spaceship bridge and assorted terminals. You will never regret stopping at Modern Props, and even less so for dressing from contemporary and beyond!

N.S. Aerospace Props
This spot is filled to the brim with rocket engines, hardware, industrial parts and much more. From newer models to antiques it is a great place to grab a lot of hardware in one place. You may not get the whole ship there but you will have plenty of parts to work with inside of a ship!

Space scenes have very specific needs, so why not go to the places that have those specific items?

Where to Find Picture Motorcycles

Los Angeles Motorcycle Salvage
Los Angeles Motorcycle Salvage

Need a ride? Come with Debbies Book if you want to live.

Okay, maybe I’m no Arnold but YOU still have that cool character that rides up to the bar on a motorcycle. Things don’t go according to plan and suddenly that cool guy is being chased by a whole crew on their own bikes (who don’t find him quite as cool).

Sometimes you need one, sometimes you need a bunch, but every time you will need to rent it when it comes to motorcycles:

Cornwell & Sheridan Picture Vehicles
Old, or classic as it is has been coined, is their business. They offer many vehicles but it isn’t limited to just the 4 wheeled variety. Harley Davisons, Triumphs, old military bikes and more are available at this very experienced picture vehicle and motorcycle rental facility.

Eaglerider Motorcycle Rental
Sport bikes to choppers, dirt bikes to ATVs, they’ve got a large collection spread across the country available. Their main business has been centered around group tours on motorcycles, but all that means is that they have a large selection to choose from that’s ready when you are.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Salvage
From used parts to pristine reconditioned bikes, Los Angeles Motorcycle Salvage has what you need. They also have the ever coveted multiples for many of their models. They work with every model you can think of and even carry watercraft parts. For decades the industry has used them and there’s no reason you shouldn’t either.

Michael Harper-Smith
European motorcycles, especially old European motorcycles, can be hard to come by. Even more difficult if you have a specific model you need. Michael Harper-Smith is the place to go for everything European, vintage and on wheels with a motor. On top of their list of motorcycles and scooters they also offer buses, vans, limos and airplanes (and regular old cars too).

MovieMoto.com
From rust buckets that are great for the background in a junkyard scene to multiples of Benelli 650s, Randy has a collection that one must see to truly believe. His warehouse is filled to the metaphorical gills with motorcycles, and I’ll bet you he’s hiding even more somewhere else.

One of my favorite things about Debbies Book is finding these little gems. It is such a great opportunity to meet unique collectors. Trust me when I say that all of these businesses are no different.

Where to Find Hospital Equipment & Dressing

Angelus Medical & Optical Co
Angelus Medical & Optical Co

We see it all of the time in movies and television shows. Someone gets injured and they are now in the hospital. But where do you get all of the equipment needed to dress a room (or more) to look like a hospital without stealing everything from a hospital? That’s where Debbies Book always shines. We do not promote stealing.

It’s always helpful when there are specialty prop houses, and searching for medical equipment and supplies are no exception:

A-1 Medical Integration
Patient handling equipment (such as stretchers and gurneys), OBGYN equipment, patient monitoring systems and much more. They are one of the 3 big medical emphasis prop houses around. Darren and his crew will set you up quickly and accurately for your next hospital dressing needs.

Alpha Companies – Spellman Desk
Alpha Companies is unique in that they have two specialties. Medical equipment and multiples of furniture. Need operating room equipment? They’ve got what you need to fill that room. Need waiting room dressing? Ding ding, that’s available too with cleared artwork, traditional furniture and even fake flowers for the dressing. You can easily find what you need for more than just the emergency and hospital equipment at this conveniently located prop house. They also have locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta!

Angelus Medical & Optical Co., Inc.
What’s a better supplier for medical furniture and supplies than the guys that supply the real deal to actual hospitals and emergency services? Angelus Medical has been around probably the longest renting and selling equipment to the industry, but their main focus has always been supplying to the medical field. Need antique medical supplies? They’ve got that too. From exam room chairs to whatever hyfrecators are they can tell you what you need and supply it too.

Of course there are always other prop houses who supply smaller varieties of medical and hospital equipment but it never hurts to start with the experts!

Where to Find Miniatures

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My Doll’s House – New Tudor House

Whether it is for a toy commercial, practical special effects, or to simply make someone look ridiculously huge, miniature buildings and sets are an important part of the industry.

It can also be a real pain to track them down, especially if you are going to need it custom built. Because of that I have created a list of a few companies that either have what you need in stock or can get the job done for you when you need it (while also looking good).

Art, Models & Props
Prop fabricators extraordinaires over at Art, Models & Props have the years of experience many people can and have counted on to make the props they need. They have an extensive list of credits that have included realistic plane models, cities, and sculptures. Reaching out to them would not be a mistake.
Website: www.artmodeltech.com

Action Sets and Props / WonderWorks
As the go to experts when it comes to space exploration (including a wonderful collection of space suits and space shuttle interiors) it’s no wonder they are also the experts on models of the same genre. From a models of the X-31 to Star Trek Voyagers Kazan ship, they’ve also dabbled in realistic miniature barns and trains!
Website: www.wonderworksweb.com

Culver Architects
Who better to ask for architectural models for a scene than architects? With decades of architectural experience (and plenty of samples at hand) Culver Architects is a great stop for picking up items that need to dress an architects office, or even a boardroom discussing a “future project”.
Website: www.carcinc.com/C_ARC/model_rentals.html

My Doll’s House
It’s always nice to see talented hobbyists turn that interest into a long and successful business. That is what they have done over at My Doll’s House. Meticulous detail is worked into every dollhouse they make. Realistic ivy growing on the side, a small “man cave” complete with woodworking materials, and faux brick you wouldn’t know was fake except that it’s on a ridiculously tiny house. Swing by them for all of your doll housing needs!
Website: www.mydollshouse.com

Merritt Productions
A custom prop fabrication company for 30 years, Merritt can get you where you need to be. Mechanical effects, model making, and special effects are their specialty. That all, of course, includes miniatures. It never hurts to have experience on your side when you are working on a project.
Website: www.merrittproductions.com

Glenn R Johnson Scale Models
If it is miniatures you need why not go to the experts in the business? From commercial buildings and military bases to residential and school models, Glenn R Johnson Scale Models has done it all. Little tiny trees, cars and fountains have all been included in their pieces in the past. When architects come to them for their skills you know they mean business.
Website: www.grjmodels.com

Sketch Paper Design
One of those “under the radar” companies, Sketch Paper Design has been quietly creating miniatures sets. From a realistic stage for a doll commercial (including lighting & gels, rigging and even drapery) to a fully realized miniature warehouse with smokestacks, these guys are getting it done.
Website: www.sketchpaperdesign.com

Of course there are plenty more, this is just a few so check out our category Miniatures/Models. I am looking to make more posts about items our users could be looking out for so let me know if you have any suggestions for the next one!