Buyers got a good deal on the Queensland Ballet costume and set sale in West End in Brisbane city center.
Hundreds of costumes were on sale from his extensive collection, along with an assortment of sets, sets and props.
There were around 1,700 items for sale, some costumes dating back to the 1980s.
Items for sale included unique characters and period costumes, men’s dresses, jackets, vests and pants, and accessories, such as headdresses and jewelry.
Most of the costume items for sale were only $ 5, the majority less than $ 100.
Queensland Ballet artistic director Li Cunxin said if there was more room for storage, the company would have kept many of the pieces.
“The costumes, sets and props are absolutely gorgeous and specially designed by talented designers,” he said.
“Obviously some people have sentimental memories of the characters from the previous ballets that we have performed, so that is part of the memory of the Queensland Ballet.
“When I looked through the costumes – [I said] ‘we should keep this, we should keep this’ [and] if we had a room to store them for many years, we would.
“We need to make room for new costumes.”
Crowds started to gather at 8:00 a.m. before the advertised opening time, prompting the sale to start early.
Many people heard about the sale on Facebook, some people from interstate costume shops and belly dance studios commented on the social media website that they were disappointed that they could not browse a catalog to purchase items in line.
A customer in the sale said she was very excited to buy a yellow tutu.
“The tutu was only $ 200, so I was really happy to have something so unique,” she said.
“When we saw the [ad] on facebook we missed the last accessory sale and saw so many of my friends get awesome stuff so i came right over. “
Another woman bought a cow costume for her older children, aged 20 and 21.
“She’s a great cow – have you seen the face – it’s fantastic,” she said.
“We go to a lot of fancy dress parties and I think my kids will love dressing up as a cow.
“They already have a kangaroo, and I think a wallaby, so that will do.”
A dance student said she was buying things for her Brisbane dance studio.
“I found it on Facebook – the Queensland Ballet page – and it got a lot of attention there because I think a lot of studios wanted to come and people who collect costumes,” she said. declared.
“It’s very exciting because these are unique pieces and it doesn’t happen that much so they will be good to add to our collection for the show.”