Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Industry Secrets: Odds Costume Shop Closing Sale

Vintage studded jersey dress, YSL boots, Iosselliani ring, Givenchy makeup bag worn as clutch.

Part of me doesn't want to share this information, since this is currently such a quiet, secret sale I almost want to keep it for myself. Odds Costume Rental (231 W.29th Street, 3rd Floor, open to 4pm), an industry rental resource for over twenty years, is closing its doors next month, and are currently putting their entire enormous archives on sale. For the past few weeks, the sale has been open only to designers, costumers, and stylists, but according to the ladies who run the sale, it will be opening to the public starting this Friday. Yesterday, Christina, Brandon and myself stopped by to do some shopping (thanks to a tip from Hector at Frank Tell), and I went back again this afternoon to take some pictures.

The sheer volume of goods is daunting to say the least---racks upon racks of clothing organized by decade and style, in addition to rows and rows of boxes full of shoes, hats and accessories. While they have your typical selection of vintage shop finds (40's house dresses, 70's polyester dresses, 80's spandex, etc), they additionally have plenty of amazing costume pieces that would be difficult to find anywhere else. Racks full of Victorian dresses with petticoats that weigh in at over forty pounds, 1890's mutton sleeved jackets with matching ballooning bloomers, Marie Antoinette styled dresses, bustle pads, and full-on Renaissance fair outfits are some of the more unusual and incredible highlights that had my jaw dropping. And of course, they had outfits for any Halloween costume that you could dream of, from Santa's little helper to a burger chef. You could easily spend hours wandering through the overflowing aisles, and thankfully since the sale was still semi-private, there were only a few other people shopping, almost all of whom were costumers pushing fully loaded shopping carts.

The only thing that was disappointing were the prices, which were just slightly below your average Manhattan vintage shop. While you will find a few bargains, and you can haggle on the prices, they will only give discounts if you are either buying in bulk (like forty pairs of trousers), or if the item is truly damaged. Much to my irritation, a hole, or anything that requires a little bit of hand stitching, does not count as damaged, since, as a costumer or a designer, you can obviously mend this yourself (or at least, so goes their logic while arguing with me, I personally believe that damaged is damaged). And even though there were a lot of things I loved, I only picked up this black studded dress with metal latch openings in the front that reminded me of Thierry Mugler via Hot Topic. It needs mending in several spots, but I picked it up for $20.

Anyway, it's definitely worth stopping by. It is worth noting that many of the items are worn and need some small repairs, and also, I noticed that many of the best women's costumes were on the small side---usually my size (I'm a zero or a 2), or smaller. They will be closing the first week of July, and the ladies expect things to be cleared out as soon as they open the doors to the public on Friday. Go ready to scavenge and haggle, here's just a tiny sampling of what they have in stock...

The places is crammed with rack upon rack of costumes.

From the section devoted to Victorian underwear and crinolines.

The maribou boa section.

The beginning of a long rail full of Renaissance and medieval styled dresses.

A Stevie Nicks style lace maxi dress from the "hippy" section was so ethereally dreamy I almost bought it, but it was still $85 and full of stains so I passed.

One of the accessory drawers was full of these amazing straw bags.

70's sequined dresses

Most of the accessories were organized in these banker boxes with descriptions on the outside.

A Marie Antoinette style costume that weighs around forty pounds, and is almost impossible to get on.

-Tiffany

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20 comments:

fishythree said...

an amazing dress for $20!? that's a pretty good find in my opinion. it looks soooo good on you.

somewherebetweenwakingandsleeping said...

OMG! You've got me drooling on my keyboard. So much costumey goodness. Ah... how i rue not living in New York :(

WendyB said...

Wow! Sex-ay dress!

pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

=O
great find!! it looks really good on you

i dont understand you though, if i knew soemthing as exciting as this 'sale' .. i wouldn't tell anyone exccept for my sister (so she could come and hold all my stuff for me!)haha

have i ever told you i love your blog??

xxxxxxx

Queen Michelle said...

Great find and it suits you perfectly.
That place looks like heaven on earth!!! I love costumes and wish the ballet and opera companies here in Scotland would open their wardrobes and let the public buy from them.

Marmelindela said...

Omygod. That's so amazing, too bad I don't even live in the same part of the world as you do.

The dress looks great on you.

(I spotted a great hamburger tee in the first picture, you should get it too ;P)

Vern P said...

super kawaii! gorgeous costume fashions. nice to see the new camera is working out for you.

Isabel said...

It's pretty tragic they're closing their doors but... what I wouldn't do to make it to a sale like this!!

Meaghan said...

New reader =] looove the blog, and this dress is fantastic. I haven't been thrift shopping in 2 weeks, you've made me want to go so badly...

LuxiRare said...

oh my ...god. that is so incredible. I sort of get why you would want to keep ita secret but the dress you have on is fantastic...I have the same givenchy makeup bag!! Of course I had to get it because it was 40 for the whole thing such a great great deal.

MissMI6 said...

That looks bloody amazing!!! It makes me hate living in freakin' england!!! I am so jealous you have those ysl boots!

Mouthwash said...

oh wow. take me with you!

robyn said...

This place looks like a dream come true.

Fashion Is Poison said...

ohmygoodness vintage heaven. too bad it's so far!

CalamityJem said...

What a place, fabulous!

Erin said...

ooOoO looks like you girls had fun at the sale! Can't wait to check it out... great find btw!

Frou Flu said...

wow Tiffany you look hot! i'm drooling over those boots..

May Kasahara said...

nice score
I think my head would explode

Shen-Shen said...

Oh my GOD I wish I could have been there.

joesmith15 said...

Hi,

Thanks for sharing.OMG i really liked these stuff....Why didn't i find this blog earlier....I wish i can cum to this part of the word to see theses fabulous collection.This dress really suits u a lot....Lovely BLOG....i just loved it....Keep it up!!!