Fans snag movie props, bargains at Monday sale

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 25, 2006

Bagging a bargain and a bit of movie memorabilia was the order of the day for many locals earlier this week.

With filming completed, the &#8220Honeydripper” art department put a plethora of props, furniture and more on sale to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Former vocational education space at the old Greenville High School campus was transformed into a sale room for the event.

Everything from the wood-framed chalkboard used in the train station scene, to old-style bicycles with baskets, glassware, ceramics, vintage lamps, window curtains and wall paintings featured in the period film were on sale.

&#8220I was out here earlier, and there was a slew of people when they first opened up,” Bernard Lewis of Greenville said as he made a second stop at the &#8220yard sale with a twist.”

Cindy Stinson of Greenville came back for a second visit to pick up some curtains &#8220that will be perfect for my bedroom.”

&#8220I've already picked up several things really cheap. I got a nice coat rack for just a few dollars,” Stinson said.

By mid-afternoon, the crowds had thinned, but there were still bargain hunters discovering finds.

&#8220This is going to go in my cabin on the lake,” Priscilla Davis of Greenville said as she paid for a tin wall rack with several small drawers.

Dianne Salter had snagged a small wooden barrel and a one item she jokingly termed &#8220a 30s-style CD rack” that appeared to be an organizer for an old desk.

Salter was also taking home two vintage wooden chairs, &#8220two for $15, I couldn't pass that up.”

Jennie Piggott was thrilled when she slipped into a fur stroller on display (only $7) but later hung it back up.

&#8220I didn't see it at first, but it's got a couple of tears. Oh, well, maybe I'll get that dream coat one day,” she shrugged and laughed.

The crew is given first crack at such sales, set designer Toby Corbitt said.

Anything left over from Monday's event will be donated to charity.

While the shooting schedule wrapped last Saturday, producer Maggie Renzi said some crewmembers would be busy early this week getting all rented and borrowed items used on the shoot back to their owners.

In the meantime, those who wanted a piece of &#8220Honeydripper” before the film comes out in 2007 seem pleased with their Monday buys.

&#8220I bought what looks like a piece of Carnival glass,” Barbara Philpot, secretary for the Greenville Mayor's Office, said.

&#8220Whether it is actually Carnival glass or not, I'm not sure yet. But it's pretty, I like it, and it'll be neat to say, ‘it's from the movie.'”