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Love costumes? Here's a chance to nab something fun from the Playhouse's retired inventory

Love costumes? Here's a chance to nab something fun from the Playhouse's retired inventory

Costume sale

The Omaha Community Playhouse is relocating its costume warehouse and holding a six-day garage sale to find new homes for 25 racks of retired costume pieces for men, women and youth. The outdoor sale begins Thursday.   

With productions at a standstill because of the coronavirus pandemic, the staff at the Omaha Community Playhouse has had some time on its hands.

That hasn’t been all bad.

The costume department, for example, has spent the past several weeks Marie Kondo-ing its warehouse at 27th and Farnam Streets.

“We’ve been weeding out items that have had too much love onstage,” said Lindsay Pape, Playhouse resident costume designer. Many of the items are too swell to end up in a landfill. “They need new homes,” Pape said.

So the costume team is doing what any thrifty organizing guru would do. It’s having a gigantic six-day garage sale.

The event is Thursday through Saturday and July 30-Aug. 1 on the Playhouse’s front drive and patio at 6915 Cass St., weather permitting. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The warehouse-cleaning exercise — necessitated by a move to a new storage facility — turned up:

Costume sale

From left, Amanda Fehlner, Ruth Ciemnoczolowski and Lindsay Pape show off some of the costume pieces that will be offered to the public in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s multiday garage sale. In the background, a bronze bust of the late Charles Jones, longtime OCP director, sports a fancy hat just for fun.

» Retired costumes and set pieces from tours of “A Christmas Carol.”

» Evening gowns and wedding dresses, including designer labels donated by individuals and personal estates through the years.

» Vintage and antique dresses, some too fragile to use in productions.

» Costume jewelry — boxes and boxes of it.

» Hats — from designer labels to silly, over-the-top theatrical creations. “We have 40 boxes of lovely vintage hats that can’t all make it to the OCP stage,” Pape said.

» Men’s suits and shirts, many in smaller sizes.

“There are treasures here,” Pape said, whether it’s for a high school drama production, a Halloween party, a vintage collection or an upcycled craft or clothing project.

None of the garage sale items will be priced. Instead, it’s “pay what you can with cash or check only.” Payment will go straight into a box — minimizing contact during transactions and preventing staff from making change.

“Pay $5 for five things or 10 things you love,” Pape said. “We want everything to find a new home.”

COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Clothing racks will be 6 feet apart with only one customer at a time allowed to browse each rack. Hand sanitizer will be available, and masks will be required. Playhouse restrooms will not be open to the public.

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Chris is a magazine and special sections editor for The World-Herald. She writes on lifestyle topics and trends, including interior design, travel and fashion. Follow her on Instagram @chrischristen and Twitter @cchristenOWH. Phone: 402-444-1094.

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