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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Los Angeles Prop House Community Says Farewell to Christine Bush Selover at Descanso Gardens Last Sunday

When Dan Selover opened Air Designs in 2000 to be a full time Prop House in Pacoima he convinced his wife Christine to leave Independent Studio Services to handle the accounting for the company. It wouldn’t be very long until their two sons, Blake and Bevan, joined to make the business a family affair.

Christine Selover

Known to many as the rock of the Selover family (and the whole team at AIR Designs) Christine will be truly missed. This last Sunday an intimate family and friends memorial service was held at the beautiful Descanso Gardens. Many came and spoke about their memories of Christine and everyone had an opportunity to enjoy a slideshow of some of her best photos with many. Attendees were also given an opportunity to view some of her best needlepoint, a skill she had perfected over her lifetime.

Christine is survived by her two sons, Bevan and Blake, and her beautiful grandchildren.

The family has asked that any donations in the deceased’s name be made to:

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
c/o Office of Development
16133 Ventura Blvd,
Suite 1000
Encino, CA 91436
Formed in 2000 Air Designs is a prop house in the San Fernando Valley specializing in street, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, warehouse, and automotove/NASCAR props.

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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