CLOTHES, AS WORN ON TV THRIFT STORE SELLS WARDROBE WITH GLAMOROUS PEDIGREES.
BURBANK - Maybe you won't be an Emmy winner Sunday night, 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 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 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 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 sell well during the holiday season, too, she said.
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, 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 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 for studios including Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros, 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 on the set of ``Baywatch'' is encased behind Plexiglas.
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.
Cynthia Zamora, who runs an antique shop next door, stops in every day.
She's not an avid fan of any particular TV show, but she loves the deals she finds. ``I got Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo blouses and Manolo Blahniks,'' Zamora said. ``That means someone famous has my shoe size - 8 1/2.''
Candice Choi, (818) 713-3634
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3315 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank
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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.''
John McCoy/Staff Photographer
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|Date:||Sep 17, 2004|
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