Theater sells old supplies

Alison Cook, sophomore in FAA, rummages through a bin of belts at the costume and prop sale at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday. Claire Napier

Alison Cook, sophomore in FAA, rummages through a bin of belts at the costume and prop sale at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday. Claire Napier

By Kate Gleason

The Krannert Studio Theatre was filled Saturday with all sorts of interesting items for its biannual Costume and Prop Sale.

Students and community members alike delved into bins of used costumes and props, not knowing exactly what they might find.

There truly was something for everyone, including suits, dresses and swords from past shows. Prices ranged from one cent for packing materials to $100 for full-size, six-piece animal costumes.

Spencer Beard of Urbana, a costume rental assistant, was helping at the sale. He said the theatre has limited space for storing costumes and props, so every two years, they go through it and put up for sale everything they have too many of or simply have no space for anymore.

“We try to keep some of everything,” he said. “But we just can’t keep it all.”

Beard said his favorite items for sale were the animal costumes, which he said were used for a “Kabuki production of the play, Faust.” There were six costumes in all, including a rabbit, frog and cat.

LaDonna Martin-Frost of Champaign attended the sale with her two daughters, Zo‰, 10, and Lauren, 6.

Martin-Frost said they had come to the sale before and were there Saturday in search of Halloween costumes and dress-up clothes.

All three found something to take home: Martin-Frost selected a sequined top she said she will wear to a New Year’s Eve party, Lauren chose a beaded purse and Zo‰ found a Greek goddess dress she said she will wear for Halloween.

Marisa Meador of Champaign said she came to the sale with her husband, Bryan Cook, a local photographer, in search of unique props.

Cook managed to find two dresses he said he planned to use for a future photo shoot.

Nickolas Greene, senior in LAS, said he decided to come to the sale in search of something unusual. Although he didn’t buy anything, he said the sale had a good crowd and was “very cool.”

“There are some really nice props,” he said. “There are things here you couldn’t find anywhere else.”