Looking for unique finds? Try This London Theater Company’s Wardrobe Sale

A London theater company unloads much of its wealth on costumes.

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A London theater company unloads much of its wealth on costumes.

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London Community Players is organizing the Going, Going, Gone! Sunday garage sale of much of his costume collection to make room for the future.

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“We do this every few years to weed out items we no longer use to make room for new items,” said Kelli Gough, President of Palace Theater Arts Commons.

“There are a lot of vintage clothes that will be for sale.”

Halloween goers, other theater companies, and vintage apparel enthusiasts are expected for sale at the theater company annex at 523 South St.

Organizer Anne Humberstone said a May sale of wedding dresses and vintage dresses attracted a lot of brides, if not for the dresses to wear, then for the fabric, lace and beads that could be repurposed.

A second sale, held in June, focused on prom wear with period clothingdaywear, jewelry and accessories for women and tuxedo jackets and pants for men – with one young man even buying a set of tailcoats for his 8th grade graduation.

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“We bring out all kinds of people,” said Humberstone, who said there were clothes 30s, 40s and 50s in the collection.

“There are people who love vintage clothes and it’s really a pleasure to see them try them on.”

The sale will open with a 50% discount on items that were not sold in the first sales and a 10% discount every hour on all remaining stock. In the final hour of the sale, they will ask buyers to “make us an offer,” Humberstone said.

She said the sale will include gowns, “weird and wonderful” costumes (does your child want to be a mouse for Halloween?), diaphanous dresses, women’s navy or gray uniforms, men’s navy pants in red stripes and outfits is suitable for steam punk or comicon gatherings.

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Humberstone said the theater company receives hundreds of donations of clothes, hats, formal wear, uniforms, top hats and fabrics from people decluttering or downsizing, sales real estate, companies changing direction or companies with surplus merchandise.

“With limited space to store these incoming items with existing inventory, there is a need to regularly purge what is on hand,” Humberstone said.

Over the years, the theater company has also held sales of surplus props, sets (furniture), lighting and sound equipment. During the pandemic, he hosted an online sale of specialty items, such as World War I and World War II uniforms, and vintage dresses too flimsy to wear on stage.

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IF YOU ARE GOING TO

What: Going, Going, Gone!, the London Community Players wardrobe sale

When: Sunday, 11am-3pm

Where: The Annex, 523 South St.

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