Prop Sales Rule!


This is an update to my earlier post about the Film/TV prop sale in Burnaby. I arrived there on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. The doors were scheduled to open at 10:00 so I thought I would be earlier than most. I guess others had the same idea because there were close to 100 people already lined up in front of me. By the time the doors opened there were easily that many people lined up behind me as well. I was the only one who neglected to bring an umbrella.

The doors opened a few minutes after 10:00 and the employees began slowly allowing people to enter the warehouse in groups. It was frustrating to wait in the rain even longer but I kept telling myself that it would be worth it. There were a lot of people who weren’t taking the delay so lightly. Especially the elderly gentleman behind me who took to yelling “f**k this!” every few minutes. It was hilarious.

When I was finally allowed in, I took a quick look around the wardrobe area before lining up yet again to enter the props/furniture part of the warehouse. There were more angry people in that line, but we were getting close. Within a few minutes I was allowed to enter the main event and I was instantly overwhelmed. There was so much to see. It reminded me of a giant Value Village but with more coffins, spaceship control panels, nuclear warheads, adult-sized incubation chambers, and fighter jet ejection-seats. Awesome. I spent over three hours in that section before returning to the wardrobe area for another look.

When the smoke cleared I walked out with the following items:

1.Yellow plastic chemical suit.
2.Pair of silver gloves.
3.Puffy jacket with a huge dragon embroidered on the back.
4.Pair of bowling shoes.
5.Old radio receiver used by the new Battlestar Galactica TV series.

View the flickr photo set here.

On a related note (shameless self promotion alert!) I’m selling the last item as part of the first transaction in a new project I’m working on called One Dollar Empire. Check out the site for more info if you’re interested.

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