Western Costume Co. to hold spring cleaning sale on Saturday


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Western Costume Co., which turns 100 this year, is cleaning out closets and freeing up rolling rack space by holding a centennial spring cleaning sale Saturday.

The costume house is calling it its biggest such sale ever and will be offering up costumes, accessories, footwear and some truly one of-a-kind (or, in the case of the lime-green airbrushed unitards up for grabs, four-of-a-kind) pieces. Among the treasures for sale, modeled to hilarious effect by Western employees on the company’s blog: saloon girl dresses, butterfly wings, armored breastplates, sombreros, kimonos, 5/6ths of a gorilla suit and a whole lot of battered garments labeled with just one word: ‘Waterworld.’


A couple of guys (we’re guessing they’re also employees) even went all multimedia and posted a YouTube video that reels off some of the sale offerings via a parody of Bill Hader’s Stefon character from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ a combination that ends up being very, very funny.

The annual event, now in its fifth year, will take place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the rear loading dock of Western’s headquarters at 11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood, (818) 760-0900.


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-- Adam Tschorn