The problem with the venue we’ve chosen for Archie’s 21st is that it’s an enormous space. And I don’t want the party to be held in a room that echoes and feels like everyone’s in a chasm. In order to try and fill the space, I’ve been out and about trying to source props.
That’s the other complication – the 21st has a theme and so anything brought into the venue needs to suit that theme.
Sourcing props can be exhausting. As a novice in the event-planning department, I’ve wasted a lot of time running into a lot of dead-ends. But recently I found Ace Props and Events and they have been such a breath of fresh air that I thought I would share my experience with you.
I found out about Ace Props and Events when another party-hire company was completely dismissive of me and despite me driving up to their premises with all the seats folded down in my people-mover ready for action, the woman behind the counter appeared not to want to sell me anything. She said she had nothing we were after and gave me a slip of paper with the details of Ace Props and Events. ‘Go to them’, she said, ‘They’ll have everything you need’.
I was fairly reluctant because Ace Props and Events is nearly an hour away from where I live and in a part of Sydney I’ve never ventured – I hate unfamiliar territory. But when I phoned the shop, Anthony answered the phone and was so friendly and super-helpful that I decided I could make the journey over the bridge to collect what I needed from his store.
And you don’t just have to physically visit the store to see if they have what you need. Anthony will email you photos of suitable props with a price list so before making the trek you can see if the store has in stock, the things you need.
Anthony (Ant) and his wife are from South Africa. Ant started working at the store 12 years ago and after six years, he bought the business. He appears to be a jack-of-all-trades and builds, repairs and sources any kind of prop you would need for your event. His wife does the book-work but is also extremely able-bodied and is able to heave props all around the store and into your car. Adding to their team is Nugget, their terribly enthusiastic and friendly dog who will greet you at the door then offer you a stick to throw at him – warning: one throw is not enough; Nugget will want you to throw sticks for the entire duration of your visit.
Ace Props does a lot of business with theatre companies but supplying props for corporate events and private functions is also a major part of their business. I went there earlier this week. As Ant knew I was coming, he saved me a car space right outside their shopfront. On seeing my car, he said, ‘There’s no way this prop will fit in your car; I’ll strap it to your roof.
I found Ant to be so super-helpful and he and his wife are just a delight to deal with. If you have any prop needs, I’d recommend you deal with Ace Props. Just wandering around their store is a fascinating experience and Archie said to Ant, ‘I could stay here for a week, and probably still not discover all you have’.
Ace Props and Events: 301-303 Trafalgar Street, Petersham NsW 2049
Ph: 02 9560 1941
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