A-1 FASHIONS, INC. (Verified 1999)
9805-A Harwin Drive
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 782-0401; FAX: (713) 789-9805
Order line: (800) 825-2365

Beaded and sequinned appliques. Beaded and sequinned baseball hats, fanny packs, evening bags, lace appliques. They also carry tuxedo shirts and denim jackets you can decorate. 16-page color catalog is $3.00. $50.00 minimum purchase. Accepts money orders, cashiers checks, or will ship COD cash. Will accept company checks with 3 trade references. Wholesale only. (RD)

A-1 PLEATING - CUSTOM BELTS (Updated 2000)
8426-1/2 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-5557; FAX: (323) 653-5569
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00; Sat 9:00-2:00

NOTE NEW AREA CODE. Custom pleating (knife, box, accordion, mushroom and sunburst). Also covered buttons, and fabric belts. They welcome the opportunity to explain the pleating process to anyone coming into their shop. Write for free price list. Mail and phone orders accepted.

A & J FABRICS (Verified 1999)
757 S. Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 592-7011; FAX: (215) 592-6453
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30-5:00; Wed 8:30-6:00
Contact Persons: Al or Janet Sitnick

A Philadelphia textile area store. They carry an exciting array of fabrics, specializing in wedding, prom, silks, woolens, sequins, leather, furs, velvets, African prints (largest selection in Philadelphia). Everything from basic to designer fabric. Wonderful salespeople. All major credit cards accepted. Wholesale and retail, everything discounted. No sale too large or too small. 10% discount to dressmakers, students, and costumers. (PR)

257 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 944-5693 Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-5:00

Interesting selection of fancy fabrics, including metallic velvet. Prices not bad and sometimes negotiable if youíre buying in quantity.

A & N FABRICS (Verified 1999) 268 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 719-1773 or (212) 869-4081
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-6:30; Sat 9:00-5:30
Contact Person: Harry

They write, "THE NYC fabric store with a good selection of all types of fabrics. We will meet or try to beat any pricing. Speak to Harry, our very knowledgeable salesman who is ready, willing, and able to help with ideas, suggestions, and solutions--GUARANTEED!" A satisfied customer reports they have a good selection of fancy stuff. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. No catalog. Accepts personal checks, MC, Visa, AmEx, and Discover. No minimum purchase. Both retail and wholesale. (SD)

AADAR LEATHER (Verified 1999)
154 W. 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 647-9340 or (212) 647-9334 ; FAX: (212) 647-9342
Hours:9:30-5:00 Mon-Thur; 9:30-1:00 Fri; 11:00-5:00 Sun
Contact Person: Esther

Also LEATHER SALES CORP, 78 Spring Street, Soho

All kinds of skins and remnants. Accepts mail and phone orders. No catalog, but samples and swatches available upon request.

2505 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(415) 841-8736

979 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109, (619) 274-3597
21434 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA, (818) 999-3211
7579 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA, (213) 655-6769
85 Market Street, Venice, CA, (310) 392-2996
1253 Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, (818) 583-9109
21434 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA, (818) 999-3211
1501 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, (415) 621-3141

Second-hand clothing. Reasonable prices. We visited the Haight Street store, which had all sorts of nice things from the 50ís, 60ís, and 70ís. (JT, KD, RD)

1204 12th Street SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3C 1A9
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30

Art and drafting supplies; custom costumes; dyes and supplies; make-up; wigs. Accepts mail and phone orders. No catalog. Accepts Visa and MC.

HARRY N. ABRAMS, INC. (Updated 1999)
100 5th Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011-6999
(212) 206-7715
Toll-free order line (with credit card): (800) 288-2131 x 100
Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon-Fri
Contact Person: Kriston Fassler

Book publisher. Send $5.00 for their catalog. [Editorís Note: catalogs available include their Complete Title Catalogue, their Gift Catalogue, and their Art Books Catalogue.] They carry 50+ books on jewelry, fashion, textiles, and crafts. Also an incredible array of books on art/artists. Current popular titles include: 20,000 YEARS OF FASHION; THE NEW BEADWORK; INFRA-APPAREL; HAUTE COUTURE; THE HISTORY OF BEADS; THE PANTONE BOOK OF COLOR; NEW YORK FASHION; GEOFFREY BEENE; COSTUMES BY KARINSKA; and ERICA WILSONíS NEEDLEPOINT. Accepts mail orders, no phone orders, no storefront. Will not ship to Canada. Accepts personal checks. Minimum purchase $10.00. Both retail and wholesale. (KD)

ACCENT ANNEX (Updated 1999)
Mardi Gras Headquarters
1120 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 821-8885
Hours: 9:00-6:00 Mon-Sat (Extended hours in January and February)
Contact Person: Patti Martinez

Other locations:
312 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, LA 70056, (504) 393-0811
1408 E. Tunnel Blvd., Houma, LA 70363, (504) 851-6129
2805 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002, (504) 838-8760
100 N. Labarre Rd. Metairie, LA 70001, (504) 834-2003
633 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130, (504) 592-9886
280 Howze Beach Road, Slidell, LA 70458, (504) 649-6488

New Orleans area chain store. Accent Annex is THE source for Mardi Gras beadsóthe short or long strands of plastic beads thrown from the floats in the parades. They also have a fair selection of rhinestone jewelry (crowns, scepters, necklaces), jeweled trim, and one of the best selections in the area of glue-down jewels. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. Write for free catalog. Accepts AmEx, MC, Visa, and Discover, no personal checks. No minimum purchase. Wholesale and retail. (LJ)

ACCENTS BEAD SHOP (Updated 1999)
4930 Hampden Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-7307; FAX: (301) 657-8305
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00-5:00; Thur 10:00-7:00 EST

Semi-precious stone beads, metal and glass beads, findings, Himalayan sterling silver jewelry, stringing supplies and classes. (GCFCG)

ACT ONE COSTUME CO. (Updated 1999)
20 W. 5th St.
Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 228-9163
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30; Sat 11:00-1:00

Branch offices:
4208 Chambers Way
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 459-5636

NOTE NEW AREA CODE FOR DAYTON. Custom costumes, costume accessories, and make-up. Accepts mail and phone orders.

P.O. Box 206
Harrisburg, OR 97446
(800) 882-9882; FAX: (541) 341-1470
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30; Sun 12:00-5:00
Contact Person: Ellen Mitchell

National and international mail order company specializing in dancewear and thearical supplies. Large inventory and discounts major suppliers: Capezio, Bloch, Freed, Repetto, Sansha, Ben Nye, Kryolan, Bob Kelly, and many more. Write or call for a free 36-page catalog. Accepts Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover. (KT)

ADLER'S FABRICS (Verified 1999) 742 S. 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-8984 or -1610
Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon-Sat
Contact Persons: Jay or Jeannette Adler

A Philadelphia textile area store. Drapery and upholstery fabrics, vinyls, foam, poly/cotton batting. Wonderful tapestry brocades. Foam cushion cut to order. Accepts checks, no credit cards. You need a tax number to receive a discount (ask for info). (PR, KD)

704 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
(412) 781-3222 or (800) 626-0823
FAX: (412) 626-0823
Contact Person: Nelson M. Anderson

All kinds of industrial sewing machines, sergers, etc. (KD)

585 Hazard Ave.
Enfield, CT 06082
(860) 749-7046

151 Washington Ave.
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 239-2301

487 Bridgeport Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 877-0177
Contact Person: Steve Gworek (Milford store)

PutnamPlaza Shopping Center, 247 Kennedy Dr., Putnam, CT 06260, (860) 928-4317
720 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, CT 06705, (203) 575-9494
127 Old Hartford Road, Colchester, CT 06415, (860) 537-0207
2119 Silas Deane Hwy., Rocky Hill, CT 06067, (860) 563-7647
774 Long Hill Road, Groton CT, 449-1972

Hours (all stores): 9:00-9:00 Mon-Fri; 9:00-5:00 Sat; 11:00-5:00 Sun

NOTE AREA CODE CHANGE TO (860) FOR SOME STORES. Chain store. As its name suggests, their fabric is extremely reasonably priced at $1.99/yard for almost everything in the store. Very little fancy or glitzy stuff, but some nice satins, broadcloths, etc. Also carries ribbons and trims at discount prices. The stock is a little different in each store, so itís worth trying several to see what bargains you can find. In 1998, all stores added an "affordable plus" line: luxury woolens for $9.99/yard; upholstery jacquards and brocades for $9.99/yard; drapery prints for $6.99/yard; and African prints for $3.89-$5.99/yard. Accepts Visa and MC. (KD)

Phone/FAX: 1-760-288-0379
Email: aglspats@aol.com
URL: www.agelesspatterns.com

Reproductions of authentic Victorian patterns, 1868-1898, typically drafted in a single size. The company owner strongly recommends that you make up these patterns in muslin first in order to tweak the sizing/fit for a modern body. That being said, she has a very nice selection of corsets, dresses, blouses, wedding and ball gowns, and even items for babies, children, and men, Print catalog available for $6.50, or visit the web site. Accepts VISA, MC, personal checks, money orders. California residents pay 7.5% sales tax. Will ship internationally. (KD)

AH THE SEWING STUDIO (Verified 1999)
9605 S. Highway 17-92
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 831-6488
Bargain Annex: (407) 831-6488
Hours: Open 7 days a week

Specialty fabric store that has a large selection of vibrant silks (all types) and other natural fabrics. Has the largest color selection of velvets in the Central Florida area. They have imported Venetian lace, French beaded lace work by the yard, French velvets, designer yard goods, and an incredible selection of buttons. They also sell European patterns, stock luxurious bridal fabrics, specialty threads, and costume fabrics. Large selection of sewing notions and supplies. Large selection of quality trims (beaded and embroidered), appliques (lace, beads, sequins, rhinestones), and Austrian crystals by the yard. They offer a variety of classes, have big annual sales (typically July 4th weekend), and ads in the Sunday paper each week with specials. Excellent buys when they have sales! Iíve seen a whole table of silk go half price. They also have their own Bargain Annex next door to their store that includes a wide selection of fabrics and trims. My experience is that these people really know their fabric and their business. They also sell sewing machines.

ALCHEMY GOTHIC (Updated 2006)
c/o Legends of England, Inc.
3520 Roberts Cut-off Road
Ft. Worth, TX 76114
Highlands, NJ 07732-0417
(800) 578-1065; FAX: (817) 236-3148
Email: joy@alchemyofengland.com
URL: www.alchemyofengland.com
Hours: 9:00-5:30 Mon-Fri, 24 hour messages
Contact Person: Joy Ramage

Original designs, handmade in England by the Alchemy Carta, Ltd. Highly polished solid English pewter pendants, earrings, neckthongs, belt buckles, bracelets, tankards, flasks, and a huge range of giftwareand lifestyle products. 48+ page color catalog of over 700 necroessentials, $5 ($2 refunded with first order). Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship outside the U.S. Accepts AmEx, MC, Visa, and personal checks. Both wholesale and retail. $150 minimum on wholesale orders. (KD)

ALCONE COMPANY, INC. (Verified 1999)
Paramount Theatrical Supplies
Mail-Order Warehouse:
5-49 49th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 361-8373
FAX: (718) 729-8296
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Contact Person: Mary Mallardi

Retail Store:
235 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 633-0551
FAX: (212) 633-0551

Stocks the largest supply of theatrical makeup in the world. They now offer a catalog that features all their makeup products and tons of technical information. They carry Ben Nye, Mehron, Steinís, Kryolan, Blasco, Tuttle, RCMA, and Bob Kelly. They also stock a new form of celastic called Solvoset. Also wigs, wigmaking supplies, prosthetic appliances, foam latex, casting materials, and instruction books. Accepts mail and phone orders, or visit their store. Will ship to Canada. Send $5.00 for 92-page catalog. Accepts AmEx, MC, and Visa, no personal checks. $25.00 minimum order. (BS, DG)

P. O. Box 090490
440 N.E. 1st Avenue
Hallandale, FL 33009
(954) 457-8100 or (800) 458-ALGY (-2549)
FAX: (954) 454-7370
Email: algy@algyteam.com
URL: www.algyteam.com
Hours: 9:00-5:00

Since 1937. Custom costumes; also hats, gloves, tiaras, and leotards. Accepts mail and phone orders. Send $2 for catalog. Accepts Visa and MC.

ALINCO (Verified 1999) 5505 South Riley Lane
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 266-6337; FAX (801) 266-6320
Customer Service: (800) 845-2272

"Worldís Largest Manufacturer of Promotional, Character, and Mascot Costumes." They have an Economy and Standard line of costumes, and they do custom orders. Well-known mascots made by Alinco include the Phoenix Sunís Gorilla, The Utah Jazz Bear, the Seattle Supersonics "Squatch," and the Famous (San Diego) Chicken. They also carry mascot costume accessories: Kold-Vests, Wave voice equipment, carrying bags, oversized tennis shoes and bird feet, and imitation fur (long and short nap, national brands, bright colors). Quick turnaround on orders. No minimum order. Write or call for 14-page color catalog of their costumes. (KD, DB)

81 Franklin Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-2878 or (212) 966-4046
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-6:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

They carry all types of dyes, including batik dye and acetate- nylon dye for lycra, milliskin, and other synthetic fibers. Free catalog. Circulars on use and application available on request. Accepts mail and phone orders. (LDP)

20415 Highland Road near Airline
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
(225) 923-1260

4033E Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70002, (504) 888-4952
1501 Gause Hwy 190 near I-10, Slidell, LA, 70458, (985) 643-4252
Ambassador Row shopping center, 3541 Ambassador Caffrey Parkway, Lafayette, LA 70503, (337) 981-2808

Hours (all stores) : 10:00-6:00, Sat 9:00-4:00

URL: www.allbrands.com
Sewing discussion group: www.sewforum.com
Contact Persons: John and Annette Douthat

20+ years in business. All kinds of sewing machines, sergers, embroidery, and knitting machines: Bernina, Elna, Singer, White-Viking, Juki, Pfaff, New Home, Brother, Babylock, Consew, Tacsew, etc. Home and industrial. New and reconditioned. Also pleaters, irons, cabinets, cutters, looms, and lighting equipment. Good prices. Accepts mail and phone orders. Accepts MC, Visa, Am Ex, Discover,or pre-pay by check. (KD)

ALTAMONT PRESS (Updated 1998)
50 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(704) 253-0467; FAX: (704) 253-7952
Order line: (800) 284-3388
URL: www.larkbooks.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30
Contact Person: Rob Pulleyn or Carol Taylor

Altamont Press is a small publishing company located in the mountains of Western North carolina. They have been publishing distinctive art and craft how-to books (under the name Lark Books) and the magazine Fiberarts for over 15 years. Lark Books titles include: THE COSTUME-MAKERíS ART; TASSELS: THE FANCIFUL EMBELLISHMENT; CLASSIC MILLINERY TECHNIQUES: MAKING & DESIGNING HATS; and the successful FIBERARTS DESIGN BOOK series. Accepts mail, phone, and FAX orders. Will ship outside the U.S. Write or call for free catalog. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. No minimum purchase. Both wholesale and retail. Orders from individuals, institutions, and worldwide should go to the address above. Orders from major book and trade stores in the U.S. should be sent to Random House, Inc., 400 Hahn Road, Wesminster, MD 21157, (800) 733-3000, FAX (800) 659-2436, Customer Service & Other Inquiries (800) 726-0600. (KD)

ALTERYEARS (Updated 2006)
PO Box 98
Rosemead CA 91770
Phone: (626) 569-9179; FAX (626) 569-9909
E-mail: sales@alteryears.com
URL: www.alteryears.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:30, or by appointment Contact Person: Janet Wilson Anderson, owner

Mail/phone/FAX/Internet order only, or catch them at SCA/Renfaire/Old West events or science fiction/costuming conventions. The largest collection of historical patterns available anywhere! Over 1,500 historical, ethnic, millinery, dance, equestrienne, handicapped, and other specialty patterns for men, women, and children. Historical patterns from the Middle Ages to the 1950ís. Also 2,000+ costume reference books on clothing, costume, accessories, techniques, military uniforms and weapons, and textiles. Costume supplies include corset stays, busks, fabric, grommets, laces, and complete kits. Millinery supplies include crown buckram, wire/joiners, needles, etc. Plus hoop wire, u-tips, and other specialized notions. Accessories include hoopskirts, bustles, panniers, and Renaissance corsets, plus gloves, cotton stockings, fans, spats, and more. Store also has extensive trim, hats, cans, jewelry, greeting cards, masks, boas, parasols, feathers, and other hard-to-find costume pieces. Ships worldwide. Accepts personal checks, money orders, MC, Visa, Discover, AmEx. Offers distributorships on AlterYears patterns, books, and the catalog at wholesale pricing to qualified outlets. (JW, ML, KD)

AMARICHE (Updated 1999)
428 W. Queen Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 2A7
(416) 504-5246
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30-6:00
Contact Person: Issa Abi-Najem

Beads, buttons, chain, appliques, trim, feathers/boas, cording, gloves, tiaras, more! They have an amazing amount of interesting items crammed into their well-organized shop. Wholesale and retail. Accepts Visa. (KD,RD)

411 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52801-1518
(319) 322-6800 or (800) 798-7979
FAX: (319) 322-4003
Email: info@amazondrygoods.com
URL: www.amazondrygoods.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00; evenings & weekends by chance
Contact Person: Janet Burgess, President; or staff

NOTE NEW MAILING ADDRESS AND URL. "Purveyor of Items for the 19th Century Impression." The time period covered is 650 to 1960. Emphasis is on civilian clothing, including hoops, bustles, panniers, cotton stockings, shoes in 158 styles and 93 sizes, gloves, fans, busks, metal stays, ready made Victorian and Edwardian corsets, hats, bonnets, and fabric. Also over 1,200 clothing research and fashion books, and over 1,100 historical and ethnic patterns from over 53 different companies. The 120-page pattern catalog is $7.00. Send $4.00 for the 100-page general catalog (no patterns)--it is one of the more unique collections of 1800ís goods weíve seen (also goods from earlier time periods). Send $5.00 for the shoe catalog--158 shoe styles from ancient times to 1960. NEW! 120 fancy period window treatments featured in 50 full-sized sewing patterns--send $3.00 for catalog. All catalog prices include first class postage. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship orders to other countries. Accepts personal checks (allow 10 working days for clearance), Visa, MC, AmEx, and Discover. No minimum purchase. Both retail and wholesale. Wholesale only on books published by Amazon. Wholesale catalog is free. (AT)

AMERICAN COSTUME CO. (Verified 1999)
1526 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-8899
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 11:00-5:00; extended hours around Halloween
Contact Person: Laura McKenney

Theatrical and masquerade rentals. Custom design and manufacture of costumes and character mascots for schools and corporations. Also carries costume accessories, make-up, masks, and wigs. Accepts mail orders and phone orders. Will not ship to Canada. No catalog. Accepts Visa and MC, no personal checks. Minimum purchase $20.00. (KT)

1180 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-7911; FAX: (415) 431-4931
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-2:00
Contact Person: Matthew Porter, Liz Pasha, or Jonathan Scott

The Armoury manufactures replica swords and weapons in historical styles. No rentals. American Fencerís Supply carries fencing weapons, uniforms, equipment, shoes, and videotapes. Accepts mail and phone orders, or visit their store. Will ship to Canada. Send $3.00 for their 41-page, illustrated catalog. Accepts personal checks, Visa, and MC. No minimum order.

1717 K Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 452-9545; FAX (202) 452-9328

AIC offers a free conservation services referral system (e.g., they can refer you to sources of conservation materials in your geographic area). (LJ)

2944 SE Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76140
(817) 551-1221

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6472
Ft. Worth, TX 76115

Embroidery supplies (complete line of DMC), needlepoint, books, kits, plastic needlepoint canvas by the yard (useful for hat forms and other items that need durable stiffening) and more. (KAI)

Wholesale Boa Distribution and Corporate Headquarters:
P.O. Box 566
#4 Skyline Drive
Clark Summit, PA 18411
Phone: (570) 586-8400 or (800) 521-1132
FAX: (570) 586-3008
URL: www.americanplume.com
Contact Persons: Jack and Christina Strain

Costume Division and General Distribution:
1 Fancy Feather Way
Marfa, TX 79843
Phone: (800) 679-7666 or (915) 729-4181
FAX: 915-729-4499
Email: AmerPlum@christophers.net
Contact Persons: Sarah Villa or Bobby Blaylock

Boas, Jackets, and Theatrical Division:
American Plume Showroom
247 West 37th St., Ste. 16E
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (800) 962-8544 or (212) 921-2828
FAX: (212) 921-2838
Contact: Jon Coles or Jerry Bernstein

Please refer all questions to Jack & Christina Strain at amerplum@worldnet.att.net

"Serving all your fancy feather needs." They carry fancy feathers, boas, feathered masks and headpieces, feather fans, angel wings, and plumes. This the only place we know that sells ostrich feathers pre-trimmed into the "spike" shape used in some Vegas- style headdresses. Their bulk feathers are priced by the pound--color mixing OK. (For example, we asked for a one-pound bag of their better grade of ostrich plumes and asked for 25% red, 25% white, 50% black, and it was no problem.) They also carry a very nice line of pre-made Mardi-Gras style masks which can be worn or displayed; these have extra-large eyeholes and are quite comfortable to wear. No catalog, but price sheet available (you need to know your feather terminology), and color brochure available on the masks and boas. Accepts MC, Visa, AmEx, personal checks. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship outside the U.S. Mail-order, or visit their store. Both retail and wholesale. No minimum purchase amount. (KD, RD, DDD, CS, DJ)

P.O. Box 1030
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: (847) 647-0011 Order Phone: (847) 982-0870; (847) 982-0874
Order FAX: (800) 934-0722
Email: info@sciplus.com
URL: www.sciplus.com
Phone Hours: 8:00-5:30 Mon-Fri

Retail Stores:
5316 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, 773-763-0313, chicago@sciplus.com
33W361 Route 38, Geneva, IL, 630-232-2882, geneva@sciplus.com
6901 W. Oklahoma, Mailwaukee, WI, 414-541-7777, milwaukee@sciplus.com
Hours (all stores): Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-8:00; Sat 9:00-5:00; Sun 11:00-5:00

NOTE NEW AREA CODE ON ORDER PHONE. Sign up on their web site for a current copy of their 64-page catalog. They carry all sorts of odd and surplus stuff (with highly amusing catalog descriptions), much of it useful for costumes. Volume 92 contained all sorts of electronic widgies (including small motors, lighting and sound kits, LEDs, etc.), around-the-neck magnifier for handwork, feather hatbands, mini sewing kits, 1/2 lb. button assortments, black velcro strips, 36" and 41" heavy-duty zippers, holographic sticker (diffraction grating) sheets, all sorts of tools (hemostats, scissors, mini butane torch, inexpensive airbrushes, bulk pack sandpaper, etc.), rabbit furs, silver leafing kits, and so on. Prices range from reasonable to extremely inexpensive. Youíre bound to find something you have to have for some project or other. Accepts personal checks, Visa, and MC. Minimum order $10 (they say, "If your order doesnít come to $10, send us $10 anyway, and we will make up the difference with surprises you didnít know you needed!"). (WZ, KD)

2937 Webster Avenue #3
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 268-8756
Email: ebony+@andrew.cmu.edu
Contact Person: Ebony Graham

Wonderful sterling silver jewelry at very competitive prices. Catalog available. Accepts mail and phone orders. (KD)

AMSTERDAM ART (Verified 1999)
1013 University Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: (510) 649-4800; FAX: (510) 548-6678
Order Line: (800) 994-ARS
Email: mail@amsterdamart.com
URL: www.amsterdamart.com
Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 9:30-6:00; Th 9:30-8:00; Sun 11:00-6:00

AMSTERDAM ART HAS CLOSED ITS BERKELEY STORE AND COMBINED WITH BLICK ART. A large discount fine art, graphic and drafting supply house. They carry a varied assortment of fabric paints and modeling media (Friendly Plastic, FIMO, Sculpey, etc.), and most any other art supply you can think of, at very good prices. Framing services available. (MSM)

834 Pinetree
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone/FAX: (504) 641-7501

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1625
Slidell, LA 70459

Order Phone: 1-888-SEW-FITS
Phone Hours: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. CST
Email: contact@sewfits.com
URL: www.sewfits.com/
Contact Person: Ana Foscari/Ruth B. Kaplan

Since 1988. Custom designed and fitted costumes, from the Renaissance to Sci-Fi. Guaranteed ship dates. "We fit every body!" Color catalog is $5.00 (includes $5.00 credit on first order). Prices quoted are for labor only; you can purchase your own fabric and trims (she will tell you quantities/ yardage required), or select from her "stock" fabric and trims (sample cards available for a small fee). Accepts mail and phone orders, or clients may call for personal appointments. Will ship worldwide. Accepts MC, Visa, Discover, AmEx, personal checks. In addition to costuming, they do tailoring and menswear, dressmaking, home furnishings, and anything else that will go through the sewing machine. (KD)

1317 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 421-2449
Email: ANATOLS@aol.com
Contact Person: Robert Tamsky

Complete selection of dance, formal, and bridal fabrics. Unique, hard-to-find items. Free samples. Retail service at wholesale prices. Wide variety of sequins, satins, velvets, brocades, laces, and embroidered beaded fabrics. Also millinery supplies. Accepts Visa. MC, and Discover. Will ship C.O.D. anywhere. (BNM)

1750 East Hill Road
Willits, CA 95490
URL: www.ancientcircles.com

"Your supplier of symbolic jewelry since 1985." All things Celtic: jewelry, torcs, clothing, cloaks, scarves, wall hangings, more! Full color catalog is $3.00, refundable with purchase. The display ad I saw featured an outstanding full-length hooded cloak with Celtic designs on the exterior. (KD)

324 SE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-7538
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00; Fridays Ďtil 9:00

Military surplus store. Carries U.S. and European uniforms, boots, coats, buttons, patches, insignia, and "Indy Jones" hats. (AW)

P.O. Box 9597
Baltimore, MD 21237-0597
(410) 574-2898
Contact Person: Kathy Kasprzak

Fantasy costumes and sculptures. Custom work accepted. Makes very nice capes and cloaks suitable for wear with medieval and fantasy costumes. (KD)

19/F, 8 Soares Avenue
Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Phone: 011-852-2718-2748; FAX: 011-852-2718-4565
Email: angushk@netvigator.com
URL: www.angelfire.com/biz2/angussilkshongkong
Contact Person: Angus Hardern or Lona Wong

NOTE NEW ADDRESS SINCE LAST EDITION. Write/call/FAX them, and for a $10 charge on your credit card, you will receive their swatch collection by airmail. Their swatch collection has 160 silks, including Duppionis, Satins, Jacquards, and Velvets. Some items can be custom-dyed or woven. Great fabrics at good prices. Accepts mail, phone, and FAX orders. Accepts Visa, MC, bank drafts. No minimum order ("You can order as little as 10 cm if you like.") Call between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Hong Kong time to speak to Angus. (PgK,AMB)

Box 495637
Garland, TX 75049-5637
Phone: (972) 240-0187 or (877) 884-2787
FAX: (815) 301-9142 Email: textile@wwwearables.com
URL: www.wwwearables.com
Contact Person: AnnMarie Wilson

Patterns suitable for art-to-wear use. Send a business-size SASE for brochure and order form. Accepts mail and internet orders, no phone orders. Will ship to other countries. No storefront. Accepts personal checks, Discover, MC, and Visa. Both wholesale and retail. Her patterns are available through mail order and at quilting and sewing exhibitions.

1734 Scott Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
Contact Person: Sandra Ericson


44 Julian Street
Haverhill, MA 01832-4512
(978) 374-2521 (ask for Jeremy)
Email: makeupguy@oneailfx.com
URL: www.oneailfx.com/
Contact Person: Jeremy Oneail

ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE IS NOW ONEAIL FX. Masks, armor, and weaponry for live-action fantasy role-playing games. Swords, greatswords, daggers, axes, polearms, spears, claws, clubs, staffs, shields. His latex work is excellent! If you love the look of Warhammer 40K, Jeremy is your man. Custom work available. Accepts personal checks, money orders. Sorry, no credit cards yet. Discounts on large orders. (KD, RD)

APTEX (Updated 1999)
1205 Andover Park W. - Box 88216
Tukwila, WA 98188
(206) 575-0560
Hours: 8:00-5:00 Mon-Fri
Contact Person: Mark Santangelo

A costumerís dream! They have a little of everything. All kinds of fabrics (in bolts and flat folds), hoops, yarns, ribbons, trims, crafts, notions, scissors, buttons, books, zippers, thread, and a whole lot more. If you donít see something, ask--they probably have it somewhere. The people are friendly and very helpful. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. Minimum order $100.00. No catalog. Wholesale only. (SM)

Seattle, WA
(206) 321-1562

Buys and sells antique clothes, linens, lace, etc. Has lots of wonderful "pieces" of antique lace, jet-beaded collars, beadwork, etc. Iíve also bought some marvelous antique clothing from her. If you know what you want and she confirms she has it, sheíll also do mail order. (KH)

517 W. 35th St.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 279-1667
Hours: 8:30-5:00

These people carry a full line of theatrical fabrics, including netting, velour, felt, muslin, burlap, and canvas. Accepts mail and phone orders. Send for free catalog. Accepts MC and Visa.

317 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
General Information: (416) 979-6648
Gallery Shop: (416) 979-6610

They have a reproduction shop, jewelry shop, impulse shop, reference library, and book shop. Call the number above to get a recording about the museumís hours of operation. (JR)

ART-MAX FABRICS, INC. (Verified 1999)
250 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 398-0755
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-6:00; Sat 9:00-5:00
Contact Person: Alan Farbstein or Marc Perlson

Full line of theatrical fabrics. They will mail fabric samples upon request, for approval. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. No catalog. Accepts personal checks, Visa, MC, AmEx, and Discover. Both retail and wholesale.

ARTEMIS IMPORTS (Updated 2006)
P.O. Box 68 - Dept. W
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 373-6762; FAX: (831) 373-4113
Email: artemis@artemisimports.com
URL: www.artemisimports.com
Contact Person: Diana Howell, owner

NOTE NEW AREA CODE SINCE LAST EDITION. Belly dance supplies and scarves and items for the "Middle Eastern" look. Imports from Morocco such as clothing, ties, decorations, veils, kohl, musk, makeup, belts, jewelry, brass, and tapestries. Sequins, paillettes, mozunas (center-drilled shiny metal disks), trims, coins, and plastic beads. Extensive music and video offerings, as well as books (costume and otherwise) about the Middle Eastern culture. Also sells fashion clothing for women (including plus sizes) imported from Morocco. Regular catalog is $3.00. Pattern catalog is $2.00. Book catalog is $2.00. Please specify which catalog you are ordering, so you get sent what you want! Mail, phone, and FAX orders only--no storefront. Will ship worldwide. Accepts personal checks, MC, Visa, and Discover. (CK)

P.O. Box 278-A6
Ector, TX 75439

Makes a vest pattern with button-on sleeves to become a jacket. Reversible, multi-sized, 3 lengths, $7.95 postpaid. Includes instructions for Chinese knot buttons. (KD)

ARTIFACTS BY Q'IDAR (Updated 1998)
1040 N. Third Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174-1220
(630) 513-1636; FAX: (630) 513-0608
Email: qidar.tfx@inil.com
URL: www.qidar.com/
Contact Person: Suzan Mianowski

"Custom crafted uniforms, jewelry, and accessories for the well-dressed Galactic Warrior." A brochure/measurement chart/quote sheet is available by phone. Custom orders/designs a specialty. Accessories are sometimes done as a limited edition series. Suzan is willing to tackle any alien species as long as itís humanoid. Suzan is an avid fan of STAR TREK, BABYLON 5, and STAR WARS. Accepts mail orders. No storefront. Will ship outside the U.S. Accepts personal checks, no credit cards. Samples available. [Editorís Note: We saw her work at Toronto Trek 1996, and her craftmanship is superb.] (KD,RD,CS)

213 S. Lamar, Suite #201
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 472-4490; FAX: (512) 472-8718
Hours: 9:00-6:00 Mon-Fri
Contact Person: Jonathan Wysong

Anodized aluminum carnival beads, hand-painted Peruvian beads, ceramic stoneware beads. Assortments available at discounted prices. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. Write for free catalog. Accepts personal checks, AmEx, MC, Visa, and Discover. No minimum purchase. Will pay shipping on orders over $100. Wholesale only. Also see listing for their sister company, NOMADIC NOTIONS. (KD)

523 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 2B4
(416) 504-1168; FAX: (416) 504-7392
Hours: 10:00-6:00 Mon-Sat
Contact Persons: Alice and River Chiang

Beads, jewelry findings, other jewelry-making materials. We especially liked their selection of metal jewelry findings and bone beads. They also have a nice selection of bugle beads. They also have a restringing and repair service. (KD, RD)

ASCONA BEADS (Updated 1999)
1944 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 450-8939
Contact Person: Ricki Pecker

NOTE NEW AREA CODE. Wholesale beads and supplies. (CTW)

ASKEW'S GUN & PAWN SHOP (Verified 1999)
1635 E. Highway 66 #A
El Reno, OK 73036
(405) 262-4034
Contact Persons: Linda or Alan

One section of the store contains a nice selection of Native American craft items: porcupine quills (natural and dyed), buffalo horn hairpipes, bone hairpipes, seed beads, pony beads, crow beads, tin cones, and beading supplies (needles, thread,wax, etc.). Special orders and requests welcome. (KD)

104 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 689-7186
Email: sales@afcnewyork.com
URL: www.afcnewyork.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30

All kinds of shiny fabrics in bright colors, fluorescents, metallics, super stretch. Accepts mail and phone orders, or visit their store. Will ship orders to Canada. Catalog is $24.00. Accepts MC and Visa. No minimum purchase. Both retail and wholesale. (SF)

3935 South 113th
Seattle, WA 98168

Middle-Eastern patterns for men and women. Import accessories. Custom belly dance bras. Catalog $4. (KD)

ATLANTA CUTLERY (Updated 1999)
2143 Gees Mill Road N.E. - Box 839
Conyers, GA 30013
Phone: (770) 922-3700; (800) 883-0300 (24 hour Answering Machine)(Live person during business hours)

Major importer of knives used by nations all around the world, many adaptable to fantasy costuming. Also stocks wide variety of dirks, daggers, and stickers, fighting and military knives which also can be adapted. In addition, they carry a good supply of blades and other supplies. Also instruction books on making your own knives. Free catalog on mail or phone request. Very courteous and helpful. (DS)

695 Red Oak Road
Stockbridge, GA 30281
(800) 847-1001 outside Georgia; (770) 389-9115 in Georgia

NOTE NEW AREA CODE. All sorts of sewing, tailoring, drapery, and cleaning supplies. Also, pressing units, irons, steamers, and industrial sewing machines. Competitive pricing on cone thread. Accepts mail and phone orders. Write for free 40-page catalog. Minimum order $15. (LDP)

ATLANTIC GEMS, INC. (Updated 1999)
1310 Apple Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-8094
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00; Sat 9:00-1:00 EST

Semi-precious, natural beads; precious stone beads; findings; ethnic beads; Venetian glass, pearls. Wholesaler/importer. (GCFCG)

ATROCITIES (Updated 1999) P.O. Box 162
Salem, MA 01970
Email: info@kambriel.com
URL: http://www.kambriel.com/
Contact Person: C. Williams

ATROCITIES IS NOW KAMBRIEL FANTASTICAL DESIGNS. NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS AND URL. Clothing in a Gothic vein. Mourning veils, velvet jackets, calf-length lace vests, velvet chokers, georgette overdresses, hooded cotton/velvet/crushed velvet capes (lined and unlined versions available), long dresses, triple-tier crushed velvet skirts, back-laced skirts, "Borgia" shirts (high neck with offset buttoned closure), crushed velvet drawstring bags, below hip length waistcoats, "thieveís hoods," lined velvet patchwork shawls, Romantic blouses, double-breasted waistcoats, more. Prices commensurate with type of fabric and amount of work involved. Custom work available. Send $5 to receive current catalog featuring moody black-and-white photos of gothickry to wear amongst the shadows of the night. Please make checks payable to C. Williams. (KD)

KAREN AUGUSTA (Updated 1999)
Antique Lace and Fashion
31 Gage Street
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
(802) 463-3333

Karen buys, sells, and appraises museum quality antique clothing, accessories, and heirloom laces from the 18th Century through the 1930's. Also fine linens and antique textiles. Accepts mail orders. FAX wants to (802) 463-3333. No phone orders. Will ship to Canada. No open storefront. Accepts personal checks and Visa. Minimum order $100.00. Both wholesale and retail. (PK)

Box 661725
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-5501
Contact Person: Peter Farquhar

"Impossible to find stuff, made to order." Custom smothing, weapon reproduction, etc. Quality work, reasonable prices. For information, send a first class stamp to the address above, or call Peter. (KD)