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You've been enjoying sunshine and mid-60s temps for months, but don't be fooled: Spring has only just begun. To celebrate the changing of seasons and the need for more closet space, the San Francisco Opera is cleaning out the Opera Costume Shop with a massive sale in the Dogpatch.
For only the fifth time in almost 100 years, the Opera is letting mere mortals paw (and own) costumes from past productions. It's an even bigger deal because some of those costumes were designed by pretty big names. Gianni Versace created the costumes for the 1990 production of Capriccio, and Zandra Rhodes did the costumes for both the 2004 run of The Pearl Fishers and Aida in 2010.
In addition to the designer period costumes you would expect at this type of thing, the Opera says it will be parting with "conceptual and fantasy costumes that defy description." In other words, you're pretty much covered for Ren fest, Dickens Faire, the Edwardian Ball, Eyes Wide Shut-style swinger parties, and whatever else our city can throw at you.
And there's more than just clothing. Since no sale is complete without accessories, the opera is also clearing out hats, masks, fabrics and shoes.
The Costume Shop Sale will run Saturday, March 22 from 10:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 23 from 10:30 am to 4 pm at the San Francisco Opera Scene Shop, located at 800 Indiana Street. Prices range between $1 and $750, cash or credit only. All proceeds benefit the SF Opera.
If you're toying with the idea of pre-gaming costume shopping with a multi-hour boozy brunch, keep in mind that entry to the sale will close 30 minutes before the doors close both days. Previous costume sale shoppers warn that the good stuff goes early, so don't even think of procrastinating.
· San Francisco Opera Costume Shop Sale [SF Opera]
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