Oregon Shakespeare Festival costume rental manager Karen Rethman-Foll tries on a hat from the festivalís production of ìThe Merry Wives of Windsor.î The hat and thousands of other costumes will be sold Aug 7. Bob Pennell - Bob Pennell

OSF plans costume sale

For the first time in seven years, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is selling part of its costume collection, and Halloween revelers are salivating already.

Need a Medieval knight's helmet? A sorcerer's cape? An outrageous hat from the 1910s? Chances are good you'll score it at the sale set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of OSF's warehouse at the corner of Helman and Hersey streets in Ashland.

Costumes will be priced from $1 to $100.

The sale is returning after OSF's costume shop and warehouse ran out of room.

"Now we're at capacity, so for the last few months we have been going through the stock," said Karen Rethman-Foll, costume rental manager at OSF.

This one will be bigger than any sale in the past, Rethman-Foll said. Some of the costumes are 30 years old. "What's interesting is that you go through things and think, 'I'd like to keep that,' but you just can't," she said.

More than 1,000 costume pieces are $2, said Rethman-Foll. If anything is left after the sale, it most likely will go back into stock.

Some of the more interesting pieces for sale are capes from "The Tempest" and the fanciful collections from "Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." Many costumes are from productions in the last five years.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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