First Look: From Their Movie Set to Your Dining Room

From the improvised sign outside this industrial warehouse on President Street in Gowanus, you wouldn’t guess that 11,000 square feet of amazing design awaits on the other side. But that’s part of the joy of visiting Film Biz Recycling (, a used-furnishings marketplace that gets all of its inventory from movie and TV companies that need somewhere (besides a Dumpster) to offload their extra props and furniture. Founder and president Eva Radke came up with the idea for providing a charitable resale outlet for film furnishings in 2007. She moved her nonprofit from its original location in Long Island City to the much larger space here late last year, yet despite the extra overhead, she kept the prices fantastically low. Photo: Wendy Goodman

These rustic chairs are a steal at $15 a piece. The table is $100. I can see Betty Draper (or rather, her maid) serving the kids dinner around this. Photo: Wendy Goodman

This large executive desk is one of the most expensive pieces on the floor: $1,000. Photo: Wendy Goodman

These jug lamps ($125) are gorgeous, and would look perfect in my fantasy country house. Photo: Wendy Goodman

These 24-inch handblown glasses ($90) would make lovely vessels for flowers or candles. “Remember, everything here has been picked out by a designer,” Eva says. Photo: Wendy Goodman

This twenty-foot-long conference table is yours for $700. It would have been mine if I had the space (though I would want to strip it and paint it an outrageous color). Photo: Wendy Goodman

One of a pair of wood-and-metal planters ($325). Photo: Wendy Goodman

Here, Eva poses with some of her recycled trove. Photo: Wendy Goodman

A perfect disco ball, with not a single glass piece missing or chipped. It is not for sale, but you can rent it for parties or an evening alone watching Boogie Nights ($75 for one-week rental). Photo: Wendy Goodman

This $200 love seat could use some recovering, but is otherwise in excellent condition. Photo: Wendy Goodman

If you happen to be searching for a card-catalogue bureau, here is an excellent one for $775. Photo: Wendy Goodman

First Look: From Their Movie Set to Your Dining Room