Grimm prop sale scores thousands of punters but the jewels have been moved

Well I’m sorry but if you wasted your 3-4 hours in line today in Portland hoping to get hero props from “Grimm” you were mostly disappointed. 

Last week I called the sellers who kindly let me know that free cream had already been syphoned off by one of the large auction companies to be sold later this year. The other premium pieces having been taken by the studio and staff. This saved me a bunch of time and effort so I appeciate them being upfront.

That left Twitter with comments like this when people found out I guess:

Shame because I had considered driving or flying out but if I had gotten there to have this image in front of me in the rain and the news only 250 people were in the huge warehouse at a time I may have been a little surprised 

I’m sure the sale company had no idea this was coming for them at the studio where the sale was held. 

The prices were good but sadly by all accounts very little promo items were available but if you needed trinkets for the house your home you probably did very well. 

Oh well. The secret with this kind of event is that if it’s not a secret chances are you too will be disappointed by getting ones hopes up. 

A few photos follow of other items at the sale 


An important truth about shipping from thepropstop

It’s expensive. Nuff said

Ok you can go now. Oh…you want more? Well let’s delve into perhaps one of the most important articles I’ve written for a while. 

First up people including myself genuinely believe there is some malarkey going on with various companies and their shipping quotes….but is there. I decided to investigate after the following event. A very nice chap in Hong Kong requested to buy a piece from me and as it has been a couple of years since I sent him something I decided to get him a rock solid price on shipping. 

Most of the time I keep boxes from previous transactions. If I do have to buy them then that’s usually $10. If you go behind your local shoe/clothing/tv store it’s free. I expect box sales at UPS to collapse upon this news.

Secondly size matters as does weight. Look below at the “practice” version of the ups bill. 

The box is an unremarkable but large size for a costume consisting of boots, trousers, top and in this case a shield almost as large as the square of the box, but only a few inches high. 

The post office only allows 108 inches if you measure the four sides and then from bottom of box to top. You add those together and in this case your at 130. That is 22 inches higher than the cheapest way to ship by USPS. So we do fall in ups and fed ex (I believe their highest dimensions are 150) but the way they do it is by weight too. If you see it’s only 31lbs. The upcharge because the larger box size is then taken into account and suddenly you are billed at 111lbs. That is what the u.s post office calls a “balloon charge”. Suddenly your in for a bill of around $950 for shipping that still takes a week. 

Now if you can get your shipment under 108 inches and say 25lbs your looking at around $175 for 5 day shipping from USPS (which strangely enough does use FedEx sometimes as part of the journey) and most importantly like the others can be insured and tracked. (I don’t care what prop you send to who…ALWAYS track it….here me….ALWAYS!!!!)

So hopefully a picture is developing in your head. Yes shipping is bloody expensive. That’s why VIP, propstore and all the others charge you guys so much. There really is no way around it. For a long time people assumed it was weight but it’s also size or both to make that magic number. 

What’s the best way around this. Well there really isn’t one. Bear in mind everything above next time you buy something. It may make you want to look at those hand size pieces again instead if the giant robot costume you crave.

Lastly yes some companies do try to profit from Shipping. Some face been caught with their fingers in the pie. You can always challenge it. It’s interesting to note how many times this results in a reduction. In my opinion no company charging fees for other things should ever make shipping part of the profit….ever! It’s just wrong to nickle and dime people. 

Bear in mind you can see the shipping fee people pay in the box unless typically it’s done by a business. I feel that’s part of hiding the true price. All you need is the size of box and weight and put that in the companies system to check what your price would be. ALWAYS add $10 for tape, gas, boxes etc and if it’s ridiculously higher then you know your paying over the top. Again bear in mind if they are paying someone to pack something doing it right IS very time consuming. Typically a big box for me takes an hour so bear that in mind too. I’m really starting if it’s $40-50 more then your being gouged. 

So I hope that this was eye opening for you all. If I’m doubt you can always check more info on your or other countries websites. 

Don’t ask me about customs. That’s a whole new kettle of fish!

The best of the winter auction 2016 (part 2)

One day to go before the auction begins and here are our favourite items from the second part of our helpful guide.

Auctions begin on the Screenused website and NOT icollector. It’s a new system so please have some patience in case of hiccups. I’m sure if you have any Desi or Jeff will be able to help via email.

From the episode of Banshee “ways to bury a man” Lili Simmons has never looked hotter than in this two piece swimsuit and robe combination.

And in this piece from episode 3 season 2

And this from season 1.

Next up Johnny cab from the movie “Total recall” this preproduction headpiece is the first to ever come to public auction. This would make an excellent tom spina piece to be repaired and painted!

From “Captain Phillips” this beautful wadrobe set was worn by Tim hanks and is a great piece from the first encounter he has with the Pirates.

This time magazine cover was made by the printer for the  production of “Ghostbusters 2” and is a fantastic frame able piece.

From the movie “Smurfs 2” this light up hero prop wand is a stunning piece.

Used by Gargamel it has adjustable light settings in the eyes and mouth.

From the movie The Hunger Games here is Liam Hensworth’s helmet.

One of the early pieces for sale is the immortals mask from “300”. Only 30 of these were made for production and this is a great condition example.

From the “Matrix Reloaded” here is one of the shields from the Neo fight. This one is special because it’s a handheld version used by the Asian attacker pictured below with handle and padding. He eventually ends up pinned to the wall with a Sai which was another version of this rigged to the wall.

And lastly from fox tv’s “Terra Nova” here is a great piece worn by the bases resident police woman. If you want the guns guy on facebooks movie prop forum is selling those too so check that out at your leisure.

We hope you have enjoyed our look at our personal favourite lots. Screenused is a great company run by two great people Jeff and Desi.

Here at the propstop we support them because buying or selling they are top notch guys and we love to shout that out to the the community. Good business should be supported and we are proud to do our bit. 

Nuff said.

The best of the Winter auction (part 1)

It’s Christmas and thus auction season. Because the items in the auction don’t have screencaps I decided to cap the best ones so you can see them in the film. 

Let’s start with 

This is such a cool piece. The sword of Sinbad! Currently a steal at $125! This is so cool I might have to bid on it.

Next up Dr Quinn…medicine woman. At its height this thing was HUGE! A bona fide tv phenomenon.

This original key prop was used by one of the main characters in many stories by Joe Lando.

The following piece is a cool Tarrantino piece of set dressing. 

From the movie From Dusk till Dawn one of the shields from outside the nightclub. I believe this is one of the first of these to become available.

Another popular item in the sale are matrix props. Choose from a shield or this great sword. 

Want a sword from Spartacus. SU can help. Another stupidly cheap piece worthy of attention!

Next “the wind And the lion” from 1975!

I love this next piece. Scudders police ID from “walk amongst the tombstones” is a beautifully made prop. A great Liam Neeson piece. 

If your a predator fan then this ADI piece is a must have from The Wolf Predator.

That’s it for part 1. Part 2 tomorrow.

Remember you can prebid now or watch live Saturday on

David Brandon presents his next “Propdomain” auction October 1st on

Although screenused has now made an exodus from Icollector This series of auctions always delights David’s faithful with creatures, body parts, and creative items born from visual fx houses in the Los Angeles area. 

Look out for a large selection of witch items tomorrow from “The last witch hunter” with Vin Diesel as well as props and makeup fx from a slew of other productions. 

I think David would be open to saying he is not perfect on all his descriptions as he says he is a prop liquidator but careful inspection of items has always revealed some real gems in amongst the cut off ears and creature tails.
Check out the auction starting tomorrow