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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

– KMB

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!

— KMB

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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