As we are winding up our School Play Season, we might get a chance to slow down, take a breath and get some things done. Currently, we are adding images of some of the more obscure rental options to this website. Many of these are not normally available for individual rentals as most people aren’t interested in being a Simple Village Girl for Halloween or Parties. However, these are VERY popular for school plays who need a wide range of costumes for their musical ensembles. We’re trying to let directors know what’s available, even if we never get all the possible variations photographed and presented.
Each year, we at Beauty and the Beast Costumes, Chattanooga adds new costumes for stage productions. This year, we are adding Mary Poppins for a cast of 75! Through the years, we have worked with many great schools and wonderful directors to bring quality theatrical costumes to aspiring young performers at reasonable prices.
Did you ever wonder how we do it? Each year, our regular groups will announce which play they want to perform in the spring. Many choose shows like Annie, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music or Aladdin that we can do out of our existing costume stock. Most with smaller groups surprise us with less well known shows that keep our creative juices flowing as we pull together things that will work from our massive stock. Each year, one of our larger groups announces that they will be doing a play that I have never done on a large scale before. Last year, it was ‘King & I’, this year it will be ‘Mary Poppins, Jr.’ We will be re-imagining some of our existing costume pieces to fill as many parts as possible, then making the rest – including Ms. Poppins’ accessories, blue skirt plus three coats in black, blue and red.
While cleaning out the back room, we started updating the Wigs section of the website. You may be interested to know that we have added listings for over 100 MORE wig styles and colors over the last week. These are not new styles for Beauty and the Beast, these are classic favorites and long running best sellers. As of this posting, we are proud to display 382 different wigs for sale, in stock, right now. For those who ask “Do you sell wigs?” the answer is a big YES!
And guess what! We’re currently writing orders for even more new styles as we moved some less popular styles to the clearance section. These are getting a lot of attention as everyone loves a bargain on a fun wig.
All the Easter Bunnies had a great time out entertaining every one in the Chattanooga area over the last couple of weeks. They went to all kinds of parties from children’s egg hunts to assisted living homes, had their photos taken with elite country club members and Harley-Davidson fans. They even sold new cars!
Now that they are all back home at Beauty and the Beast Costumes, Chattanooga, we have been spot removing, soaking in stain removers and washing them all. It’s a huge amount of work, but our dedication to providing high quality CLEAN costumes at affordable prices is what brings people back year after year.
Hop on in to Beauty and the Beast Costumes to reserve an Easter Bunny before they all run away hiding eggs in other yards. Does the Church wardrobe department look a little empty? We can help out with Jesus Robes, Roman Soldiers, and Biblical robes for sale or rent.
While most people are thinking about a new spring wardrobe and family time, we’re also hard at work on School plays! Most won’t notice that we are currently adding photos for “King and I”. This was a major addition to our Theatrical repertoire last year. This year’s addition will be “Mary Poppins”. It takes a while to get all the costumes photographed, the images cleaned up and posted. Now that we have the bulk of our Retail items on the website, we’re working on the rentals. If you need something for a play, please give us a call. We might have it!
The most adorable twins in the world on their way to school for Dr. Suess’s Birthday in their costumes from Beauty & the Beast. We are frequently asked if we have costumes for the event and the answer is usually “No, we don’t have Thing 1 and Thing 2 or red and white hats.” But when your mom is wonderfully creative, things work out! A pink princess gown from the clearance rack becomes Cindy Lou Who with a little make up, a simple headband with craft stems, and an ornament made of card stock for a prop. A tiger costume with make up, extra ears and tail, plus added card stock apples is purr-fect for Ten Apples on Top. It’s all about thinking outside the box.
We’re doing Spring Cleaning in the Winter. Our stock room is a disaster and we’re pulling out stuff we didn’t even know we had. All these items are getting dusted off, marked down and put out on the floor for bargain hunters, dress up boxes, school costume closets or whatever.
Keep checking back to see what’s being marked down next.
HINT: Click the “Shop” button above, and it will always show you the items most recently added to the site.
While I’m at it, I’m making sure all the wigs are listed as I consolidate back stock boxes. Most of these are perennial favorites, they just didn’t get listed on the website earlier. Others are “Why is this still here?” items that will also be discounted.
Yes folks, we finally got another Mehron Makeup shipment! Our stocks are back in good shape for the upcoming Convention, School Play and LARP seasons. We know that many people have been disappointed in our dwindling supplies after Halloween and we appreciate your patience. With the closing of another major source of theatrical makeup in our area, we had an unexpected surge in sales. Now that we have moved into the new year, we can look forward to keeping our stocks replenished to better serve our more professional customers.
Christmas and Hanukkah are now over and everyone is looking forward to a Happy New Year! Here at Beauty and the Beast Costumes, we’ll be taking back all the rental costumes, doing laundry, washing and rolling Santa Hair, steaming the wrinkles out of his cleaned costumes and getting everything ready for storage.
We’ll be getting the Masquerade masks back out for any New Year’s Masquerade balls and looking forward to Mardi Gras and School plays.
As always, Santa has been very good to us here at Beauty and the Beast Costumes. We will be closed Christmas day, Monday December 25th. However, we will be here Tuesday the 26th to take back all those Christmas rental costumes and start packing it all away.
This year, we plan on trying something different. We want to make Christmas items more accessible throughout the year. Most of the packaged costumes will be displayed on the back shelves. We want to move the back stock Halloween masks and clean the clutter out our first store room to arrange the Christmas items closer to the main showroom floor. Hopefully, these simple changes will make it easier for customers who are interested in “Christmas in July” promotional items and early holiday parades. Those who participate in the Hamilton Place ‘Santa Claus’s Arrival’ parade on the first Saturday of November as well as those who want Santa and elf costumes for Spirit Week or Halloween will no longer be turned away because those items are packed in the attic during October.