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Visit The Enchanted Cellar at UC Davis for Mad Hatter fun, an early taste of Halloween and affordable costumes for rent or sale

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This fall The Enchanted Cellar Costume Rentals at UC Davis not only offers hundreds of Halloween rentals but also costume inventory items for sale. Its Decade Costume Sale presents over 500 fine-crafted Department of Theatre and Dance costumes and accessories with average prices of $1-20.  Additionally, customers can bid on 20 or more art hats at the Mad Hatters’ Silent Auction. Festive, fun-filled rentals, sale and auction begin Oct. 23 at 17 Wright Hall, UC Davis where walk-ins are welcome and appointments preferred.

After an exhaustive spring cleaning of ten-years’ worth of UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance production costumes, Costume Shop Director Roxanne Femling is excited about what the public will find at the Decade Costume Sale.

“There are elaborate 18th-century French footmen coats with ruffled cuffs and spectacular buttons and some detail-rich East-Asian robes donated to us by a Russian opera house. Our most expensive item is a dramatic Narnia-White-Witch-like coat made of fake fur with elaborate floor-length train. At the other end of the price spectrum we offer zombie kits with fake blood and make-up tips for just $10.”

The zombie kits include the customer’s choice of three items of distressed clothing, washable, non-toxic finger-paint blood and six zombie make-up style chart options. Buyers will be able to view a tutorial on how to apply the zombie make-up in a spooky (but not too spooky for children) coffin setting.

There are just as many costumes and accessories for rent as for sale with hundreds of options ranging from Mad Hatter Tea Partyers to fairies, superheroes and “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” characters. Customers may rent an entire outfit or separate pieces.

New 2013 rentals include: Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witches of the East and West; Miss Havisham; Snow White and Prince Charming; Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum; Catwoman; “The Avengers” Black Widow and Thor; Neptune and his Mermaid Queen; Samurai Lord and Geisha; Ghouls and Ghosts; as well as new women’s plus-size costumes of Civil War Woman, Steampunk Lady and Fifties Poodle Skirt Gal.  Complete outfits like these with head-to-toe accessories start at $70 (or $35 with UC Davis discount). The rental price includes cleaning.

Many rentals are less expensive including 1940s and 1950s dresses, skirts and suits, and accessories including butterfly wings, hats, ties, shoes and jewelry. Roxanne Femling encourages all, “Come have fun!” We can help you find the perfect costume or folks can go through our stock and put together their own character creation.”

Visitors will be greeted by eerie music as they descend the stairwell to the Cellar where they will not only be able to peruse rental and sale items, but also participate in the Mad Hatters’ Silent Auction.This is an opportunity to bid on 20 or more new, handcrafted and elaborate hats.

The Enchanted Cellar hours are 3-7 p.m. Oct. 23-25, 29-31 and Nov. 1; doors are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 with silent auction winners announced at 5 p.m. Walk-in shoppers are welcome. Preferred appointments can be made through Roxanne Femling at 530.752-0740 or rcfemling@ucdavis.edu. There is a 50 percent discount on rentals for UC Davis students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

The Enchanted Cellar Costume Rentals, operated by the Costume Shop in the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, has provided year-round costume rentals since 2008 at 17 Wright Hall. The shop provides a 50 percent discount for UC Davis students, faculty, staff and affiliates.

To view costumes and/or find more information, please visit theatredance.ucdavis.edu or Facebook: The Enchanted Cellar.

Calendar listings:

The Enchanted Cellar Decade Costume Sale and Rentals
Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 23-25, 3-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 29-Nov.1, 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Enchanted Cellar Costume Rentals Shop
Department of Theatre & Dance
17 Wright Hall, UC Davis
Walk-ins welcome; Appointments preferred.
50 percent discount on rentals for UC Davis students, faculty, staff and affiliates.
Contact: Roxanne Femling  530.752-0740   rcfemling@ucdavis.edu
Choose from over 500 fine-crafted costumes and accessories for sale with average price range $1-20. Rental outfits include hundreds of costumes from fairies and fauns to “Star Wars” characters and superheroes.
More info:  theatredance.ucdavis.edu; Facebook: The Enchanted Cellar

Mad Hatters’ Silent Auction
Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 23-25, 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11-5 p.m. (Winners awarded @ 5 p.m.)
The Enchanted Cellar Costume Rentals Shop
Department of Theatre & Dance
17 Wright Hall, UC Davis
Bid on 20 brand new, unique and elaborate handcrafted hats.
More info: Roxanne Femling 530.752-0740 rcfemling@ucdavis.edu; theatredance.ucdavis.edu; Facebook: The Enchanted Cellar
 

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