Now THIS is a very interesting subject – When to sell used stage drapes – and – When to buy used stage drapes. Some callers are quite shocked to learn that we don’t (as a habit) sell our “old” rental drapes. See the thing is – if it is “old” and it doesn’t represent our inventory or company appropriately, why would we want to sell it into the marketplace? Sure – we could cut off our labels and pretend it isn’t ours…. but that just isn’t our style. I like to think we are way cooler than that. If it is done, dirty or seen better days, then we just plain old call it a day.
Why be cautious as a buyer?
With used rental backdrops and softgoods you have to be careful. Rental drapes work hard. Real hard. Curtains made of textiles which were originally “robust in their flame retardancy” are often exposed to multiple washings – not to mention all sorts of environmental factors, such as paint oversprays, hairspray and cosmetic dusts and worse yet – pyrotechnic dust or fog machine juices….. all flammable. We wash, re-treat and test on a schedule that keeps the drapes in a market worthy condition – but needless to say I can’t imagine anyone wanting to do all that before “selling off” old gear. Our advice – if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure you aren’t buying into someone else’s safety hazard.
Beware the reaper – and old technology……
With regards to “used” star drops and fiberoptic drapes……. I’m asked often about this, as they are typically a heftier investment than standard stage drapery. LOL – if it aint workin’ then I can’t imagine why you might want it! Don’t forget that anything with electrical components (specific model controllers, etc) is likely to be old technology pretty quickly these days – so don’t get stuck with a bundle of LED backdrops that you can’t get replacement controllers for…….
New drapes can be affordable!
Not only is it worth getting a “new drape” cost comparison, I can tell you that “new” drapes DO hit the market at times – for example – a custom order made for a client that changes their mind about dimensions – or design. Or a client whose tour cancels after the gear is built. So in this case, where the softgoods are new – the rule of thumb is to ask when it was built and what flame certification it is coming with it. Make your best judgment at that point.
Ha! Fancy that – the voice of caution today!