Local antique store becomes destination prop house for movie shoots | News
ENID, Oklahoma— With inventory from all eras and an amazing ability to think outside the box, a local antique store and destination prop house have hit the big screen.
Broadway Antiques and Uniques, owned by Cindy and John Greven of Enid, does more than sell antiques. For the past few years, Cindy has sold or lent items from her store for use as props in film productions.
The 22,500 square foot building, located at 129 E. Broadway, has several shopping stories accessible to the general public, but the treasure trove of movie props hides in the 7,500 square foot basement.
Cindy said the store is turning the basement into a prop house and organizing it to rotate inventory upstairs.
“People are dying to come here and call me constantly asking if I have the item they’re looking for,” she said.
Cindy got her start in the accessories business in 2016, when the movie “Wildlife” came to town. The film was partially shot in Enid, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.
Since then, she has led prop sourcing and provided art and dressing expertise for multiple films, including “The Bygone”, “To The Stars”, “What Josiah Saw” and more. . Cindy was most recently the artistic director of “What Josiah Saw,” which is slated for release this year.
Designers and artists employed by productions know how to call him to help them find props.
Cindy said people would be surprised to buy or rent truckloads of items from Broadway Antiques’ basement, and be surprised at what they’re looking for.
She has props available like art, lamps, lampshades, stereos, furniture, books, telephones, hair dryers, hats, clothes, makeup, old televisions, jewelry, pocket knives and more. Elements from all eras are needed in a film, even if an actor never interacts with the piece.
Something as small as a tube of lipstick on the bathroom counter can be found on the list of things needed to dress up an ensemble, Cindy said.
“In the antique business, people just don’t buy lamps,” she said. “But in the accessories business, it’s like the quintessential thing. We have a huge range of these lamps and we used many of them in “What Josiah Saw”.
more than stuff
When Cindy doesn’t have what someone is looking for, she enlists local help to find props ranging from taxidermy pieces to coffins.
“We’re lucky to be in Oklahoma,” she said. “A lot of people said they’ve never seen people come together like we do. If we don’t have what someone needs, we can find them.
Cindy said she tries to do everything locally, encouraging film buyers to buy local items and giving them discounts on their orders if they buy locally.
“One of my goals was to be able to have a space where you can see the movie props of all of Enid’s different movie props, because that’s Enid’s story,” he said. she stated. “But we are limited in space now. I hope to do it one day.”
Cindy has been at Enid since 1984 and has always bought and sold items, citing the hobby-turned-career as “just fun”. She bought her first storefront at 211 E. Broadway (now home to Family Martial Arts) nearly a decade ago, then moved up the block to the current location at 129 E. Broadway.
Aside from vendors, Cindy gets most of her inventory from real estate purchases, with the store’s third floor filled with big-ticket items from major real estate purchases.
“Every little thing you might look at thinks it’s just junk,” Cindy said. “I don’t like wasting or throwing things away. My daughter jokes that I’m a hoarder, but if I was a hoarder, I wouldn’t sell my stuff.