Saturday afternoon I spent 3 and a half hours of my life queueing to get into the RSC costume sale in Stratford-upon-Avon. RSC is the Royal Shakespeare Company and they were selling off 10,000 items to make more space in their collection. Items worn by Jeremy Irons, David Tennant, David Suchet and Patrick Stewart were all being sold off.
Simply put, I have never seen anything like it! Lots of Am-Dram types in the queue and the odd Dr Who fan. Very strange costumes (not bought, actual day-to-day wear for some people! lol) And actually their prices were pretty good… However it was completely manic and I don’t think I would ever do it again! My mum was a bit disappointed that it took so long for us to get in, despite getting there before it opened and that the costumes left were pretty disappointing. (When we got in, people who had got in first were still there, stripping the rails bare, hoarding costumes at the side of the room and then getting someone to guard over their piles, in some instances RSC stewards). However, the three and half hours of queueing wasn’t all bad, we had some lovely people queueing around us and it was all very sociable. Queuing is definitely a very British thing!
Here’s a blurry action shot of the mêlée:
A massive piece of fabric with two holes, I was scratching my head thinking what this could be – until my dad informed me it was a toga… (£7 for a lot of fabric, lovely crepe feel and completely lined)
A boned, strapless, Jacquard black dress used in a production of King Lear for the character of Goneril (£35).
And some silk scarves for a couple of quid – patchwork anyone? I have to admit, after all the recent quilting exertions, I am a bit patchwork obsessed! My ambition is to make a lovely silk quilt for my bedroom.