CLOTHES, AS WORN ON TV THRIFT STORE SELLS WARDROBE WITH GLAMOROUS PEDIGREES.Byline: Candice Choi Staff Writer
BURBANK - Maybe you won't be an Emmy winner Sunday night Sunday Night, later named Michelob Presents Night Music, was an NBC late-night television show which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. , but you can dress like one at a deep discount.
When the lights go down on the set of a TV series and the cast and crew retreat into darkness, they leave behind a dazzling array of clothing, shoes and accessories. Much of it is shipped to the Burbank warehouse of It's a Wrap! where the discarded clothes of the stars become the chic wear of the star-struck.
``You can just live in a make-believe world,'' said Mary Ann Constantino, a Sunland resident who watches the Emmys religiously and was shopping this week for clothes from ``Will & Grace'' or ``Sex and the City.''
Debra Messing and Sarah Jessica Parker are just two of Constantino's fashion inspirations.
Over the past 23 years, It's a Wrap! has become a shopping haven for bargain hunters Bargain Hunters was a game show on ABC in the summer of 1987, hosted by Peter Tomarken. Games
Each episode featured six contestants, with two playing one of the following games — Bargain Quiz, Bargain Trap and Bargain Busters — at a time. looking to get deals on names like Ferragamo and Prada. The shop's also a destination for fanatics of particular TV shows or movies. A tag on tag on
to add at the end of something: a throwaway remark, tagged on at the end of a casual conversation
Verb 1. each article of clothing identifies the set where it originated.
Some of the clothes, worn once or never, are sold at 35 percent to 90 percent off the retail price. A men's Armani suit normally listed at $700 cost just $75. DKNY DKNY Donna Karan New York shoes that might cost $200 at a department store go for $20 at the unusual thrift store.
Sonia Jeknavorian of Valley Village once found a $600 Ellen Tracy jacket worn on ``Fresh Prince of Bel Air'' for $75. ``My sister called me and started screaming that my jacket was on TV.''
Mark Clay, who acts in commercials, said many of his peers go to the shop for the deals. Many gigs for commercials require actors to dress a certain way, and Clay said he can find the $1,000 suits he needs for work for half the price.
Some of the most popular shows among shoppers are ``Charmed,'' ``Melrose Place'' and, not surprisingly, ``Sex and the City,'' said Tiara Nappi, who, with her husband, Dominic, owns the store. High-end evening gowns from soap operas This is a list of Soap operas by country of origin. Argentina
In the warehouse, shoppers can find everything from kids' clothes from ``7th Heaven'' to evening gowns from soap operas.
``When people compliment me on my clothes, it's just cool to say I got it from TV,'' said David Bright David Bright (June 29, 1957 - July 8,2006) was a professional Wreck Diver. He was the president of the Nautical Research Group, which he founded in 2003, and an avid contributor to documentaries on shipwrecks. Early life
David A. , a youth counselor in Burbank who recently nabbed some dress shoes from the set of ``General Hospital.'' Once Bright said he even found a rack from ``Seinfeld''; Bright picked up a shirt he thought Kramer may have worn, though he's not sure.
``There's always a chance,'' Bright said. He also has a U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs. jacket he assumes the character Newman wore.
Production sets for feature films and TV series are flooded with clothes, and, at the end of any shoot, wardrobe departments are left with too much merchandise on their hands.
``We go in there and thin (the wardrobes) out,'' Dominic Nappi said. It's a Wrap! essentially acts as a middleman mid·dle·man
1. A trader who buys from producers and sells to retailers or consumers.
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BROS Barnes and Richmond Operatic Society (London, UK) , Spelling Entertainment and the major networks. The profit percentage the couple keeps depends on the items being sold.
Props from feature films and popular TV shows decorate the thrift store so shoppers can revel in a Hollywood atmosphere. For example, a bathing suit worn by Pamela Anderson
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To enclose in or as if in a case.
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One recent sweep got clothes from films like ``Euro Trip,'' ``Catch Me If You Can,'' `Barbershop 2'' and ``Little Black Book,'' but the most interesting clothes come from the smaller production companies, Tiara Nappi said. The shop once got the custom-made 1940s clothes from the set of Woody Allen's ``Curse of the Jade Scorpion.''
Unlike your run-of-the-mill vintage stores, where shoppers dig through retro styles, Tiara Nappi said the items at It's a Wrap! are ahead of the times, since TV leads the way in fashion.
Like many of the store's regulars, Bright stops in at least once or twice a week to cruise the racks for any treasures that may have floated in.
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She's not an avid fan of any particular TV show, but she loves the deals she finds. ``I got Dolce dol·ce Music
adv. & adj.
In a gentle and sweet manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
[From Italian, sweet, from Latin dulcis.]
Adv. 1. & Gabbana, Ferragamo blouses and Manolo Blahniks,'' Zamora said. ``That means someone famous has my shoe size - 8 1/2.''
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(1 -- color) David Bright looks through the racks of used TV wardrobe items at It's a Wrap! in Burbank. ``When people compliment me on my clothes,'' he says, ``it's just cool to say I got it from TV.''
(2 -- color) Mary Ann Constantino says shopping at It's a Wrap! allows her, briefly, to ``live in a make-believe world.''
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