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Last Chance – Lincoln Fabrics

Frocktalkers, a longtime landmark in Los Angeles textiles is closing. Lincoln Fabrics, having served the Venice community for 54 years, is closing up shop on Halloween. This is your last chance to get your hands on their delicious vintage fabrics and trims. And they have more than a million yards waiting for you!  If you spend $30, you get 15% off. Spend $100, get 20% off. Store hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10A – 5:30P, and everything must go. If you are designing a period show, they are stocked to the gills with vintage fabric, from 1950s-1990s, and it is gorgeous and cool. Owner Marlene Marcus can show you to the warehouse if you need bulk yardage or something really unusual. She is such a cool lady, and I am truly sad to see them shutting down after such a long time. Please stop by the store and pick up something extra special – the price is right, and the fabrics are excellent.  And thanks, Lincoln Fabrics, for all of your help over the years.  I will really miss you.

Lincoln Fabrics

1600 – 1608 Lincoln Blvd. (btn Rose and Venice on the East side of the Street), Venice, CA 90291310-396-5724; Open Tuesday – Saturday 10A – 5:30P


Debbie Reynolds’ Costume Auction Prices Through the Roof!

The big auction of Debbie Reynolds’ prized costume collection was yesterday, and my, my my – the prices were astounding.  Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white subway grate halter dress from The Seven Year Itch went for $4.6M.  Add the $1M auction commission the buyer must pay, that’s a whopping $5.6M.  For a dress!  But it’s not just a dress, as we all know.  It’s a costume, and it’s a piece of Hollywood history.  Congrats to Debbie Reynolds on the success of her auction.  Indiewire has a nice article summing it up – read it HERE.  Looks like there’s no official tally of auction prices, but I will post them as soon as I see them.  Have a great week, everyone!

UPDATE:  Full list of sale prices HERE!  Thanks, Chris!


Adventures in Costuming: WESTERN COSTUME SALE!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you are in Los Angeles tomorrow (5-21-2011), don’t miss the big Spring Cleaning Sale at Western Costume!!!  It starts at 8AM and goes until 2PM, so get there early if you want the good stuff.  Here are the details:

Western Costume: 11041 VanOwen St., North Hollywood, CA  91605  818/760-0900 REAR PARKING LOT.  Credit cards and cash accepted. Rain or shine!

Thousands of items, prices starting at 50 cents! Vintage, Medieval, Renaissance, shoes and hats, and much more, in a wide variety of sizes!  This sounds like a good sale, folks.  Don’t miss it!  Have a great weekend, everyone.


Here We Go Again: Jadis

In what appears to be another sign of a faltering economy, and following the January death of its owner Parke Meek, prop and curiosity house Jadis is closing its doors and selling off its stock.  Here is an article from the LA Times telling us more about it.  Jadis (and its sister store Paris 1900) are landmarks in the Santa Monica/Venice corridor.  There will be a big hole on Main Street.


Sale begins tomorrow at 11AM.  All you steampunks out there, put it on your calendar!


Adventures in Costuming: LA Opera Sale… OMG

So I showed up (with a couple of friends) at the LA Opera sale at about 10:30 AM on Saturday, and this is what we saw.  The line was around the block, and by our estimate, there were over 500 people waiting to get in.

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LA Opera Costume Sale Saturday 10-10-09!

This is a good one, guys – LA Opera is holding its first-ever costume Shop Sale on Saturday, 10-10-09!!  There are over 2500 costume pieces go on sale, just in time for Halloween!  The sale is Saturday, October 10 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM, at 330 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Here’s the official announcement from LA Opera:

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Sales-a-poppin’!!! Costume Sale Alert!

Get ready, Southern California – the venerated Starlight Theater (San Diego) in Balboa Park is selling off some of their costumes, just in time for Halloween.  Here are the details:

WHEN: Saturday, October 3 • 9:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.

WHERE: ON STAGE at The Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park
2005 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 • 619.232.7827

ON SALE: Over 40 Years of Costumes!

• Full range of sizes for adults  • Vintage • Polyester  • Zombies – raw material pieces • Ethnic • Uniforms • Costumes • Boutique • Characters • Dumb & Dumber Tuxedos • Matching Sets (great for dancing!) • Shoes, Hats, Furs • Sewing Patterns • Road Boxes

We need to make room for next season’s costumes, so we are selling some amazing costumes from previous shows.  If you are searching for an unique Halloween costume, need costumes for your own theatrical show or would just like to own a piece of Starlight history – there is something for everyone.

Handicapped Access is Available at the Back Gate • all merchandise sold “as is” • all sales final • no refunds or exchanges • sizes not guaranteed• cash or charge only • no strollers please!

Be Green! Please Bring Your Own Bag!


Adventures in Costuming: Sales and Stuff!

This week, the big news is that the Fred Segal sale is on. At both locations (though they are not related) you will find merchandise on sale at about a 50% discount. The sale will run approximately two weeks, and at some point they may raise the ante, providing discounts of 75%.

For the uninitiated:

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Cool Event Reminder: 705/892 Yard Sale This Weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday is the big IATSE Locals 705 (Motion Picture Costumers) & 892 (Costume Designers Guild) yard sale!  It’s going to be a scorcher, so wear your sunblock and bring lots of cold, hard cash.  There are sure to be some amazing things at that sale, because most of us are packrat/collector types… nervous laugh…   Here are the details:

Saturday August 29th
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM





11041 Vanowen St. (cross street: Vineland)

North Hollywood, CA 91604


Be there or be square!!  And don’t forget to bring your resumes and business cards.  Mingle, schmooze and buy cool stuff!  Have a great weekend!


– –  KMB

Auction Mania! Hollywood Prop Auction 8-15-09!

Another weekend, another auction.  This time, I don’t think it has as much to do with the crappy economy as much as it has to do with it being late summertime, back-to-school, an opportune time of year to have a huge sale.  The auction is this coming Saturday at LA Center Studios, near downtown – 1201 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 – which is really on Bixel Street between 5th and 6th.  Preview starts at 9AM, and auction starts at 11AM.  There are vintage cars for sale (including a beautiful ’69 Ferrari Daytona) and there are COSTUMES in this auction, which makes it interesting… costumes from movies like Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Killshot, Fired Up, Obsessed, Crank: High Voltage, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Ugly Truth, Soul Men, and my favorites, CROSSING OVER and SEX DRIVE!

Preview the items here! More details on the auction:

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