S. A. FEATHER COMPANY, INC. (Verified 2006) 5852 Enterprise Pkwy.
Billy Creek Commerce Center
Ft. Meyers, FL 33905
(800) 226-8698; FAX: (941) 693-6912
Hours: 9:00-3:30 Mon-Fri
Contact Person: Ron or Kay Isserman
URL: www.safeathercompany.com

All kinds of feathers, boas, plumes, etc. They will dye feathers to match a fabric swatch. Very friendly people and prices look good. Write for free price list. Accepts mail and phone orders only--no storefront. Will ship outside the U.S. Accepts business checks, MC, and Visa. $25 minimum purchase. Wholesale only. (SF, FE)

S & A BEADS (New 1998)
6929 Laurel Avenue
Takoma Park, MD
(301) 891-BEAD

Supplies, beads of every variety. (GCFCG)

S.C.A. MARKETPLACE (Updated 1998)
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789
(800) 789-7486 x206; FAX: (408) 263-0641
Contact Person: Diana Bonuccelli

Mail-order supplier for The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. While some of the items are specifically intended for SCA members, other items are of interest to any costumer interested in the Middle Ages. They carry costume patterns and books, cookbooks, and a series of pamphlets called "The Compleat Anachronist" that cover a far-reaching range of subjects, from heraldry to costuming to brewing to weapons/armor to embroidery--78 in all, $4 apiece. They also carry THE KNOWN WORLD HANDBOOK, which contains a large section on costuming for the "Current Middle Ages" ($15.00, choice of perfect bound or 3-hole punched). Send SASE for a current brochure/price list. (The order form gets printed about every three months, with new books added and sold out titles removed.) They accept personal checks, Visa, and MC. Also see listing in the Organizations section for THE SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM, INC. (KD)

S & S FABRICS (Verified 2006)
700 S. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 623-6828

Incredible selection of fancy fabrics and anything needed for bridal. Sheer fabrics with metallic designs or borders, lace cloth, velvets, corduroy. Prices are not clearly marked--be a careful bargainer, as an open display of fabric lust can raise the price they quote you. Service is variable. Still, the shop is worth visiting. There are other small bridal stores on the same block if you like to browse. Open Saturdays. (CC)

175 5th Avenue, Ste 2669
New York, NY 10010
(212) 560-2499
URL: www.sabretooth.com

Custom-made vampire fangs (5 types) and specialty contact lenses (11 types). Custom designs also available. They also host vampire-related live-action role-playing games and events. Their Sabretooth’s Vampyre Magazine and Catalog #1 is $5. (KD, RD)

156 East Second Street, Suite One
New York, NY 10009
(212) 995-8359
Email: stmichemp@aol.com
URL: members.aol.com/stmichemp
Showroom hours: Tue-Sat 1:00-7:00; Sun 1:00-5:00
Contact Person: Michael Saint, Margaret Bishop

"The Guardian to the Gates of the NetherWorld has opened a Store in New York City’s East Village. St. Michael's Emporium specializes in creating Gothic-Renaissance attire suitable for any occasion from the Middle Ages to the Apocalypse. Prepare for the New Dark Ages! Our work includes: elaborate Renaissance gowns, fantastical suits of armor, jewelry for Pagans, corsets, bras, masks, cloaks, poet’s shirts, and we enjoy custom work. For 64 catalog pages of dark fashions, send $3.00 to address above." Recent additions include new clothing and leather designs, new jewelry, and GraveSide MakeOvers. If you can’t visit the NYC showroom, visit their "virtual showroom" on their web site. Accepts mail and phone orders, or visit their showroom. Will ship to other countries. Accepts MC, Visa, Discover, personal checks. No minimum purchase amount. Retail only. Prices commensurate with complexity of design. [Editor's Note: These people are master craftpeople, and their work is beautiful. Their catalog is worth getting as an "eye candy"/inspirational book.]

330 South Decatur #109
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 566-8551; FAX: (702) 558-0366
Hours: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Mon-Fri

Fine blades. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship outside the U.S. Printed catalog, $5.00, or video catalog, $5.00. Accepts Personal checks, MC, and Visa. (KD)

1701 South 11th St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

They specialize in renting costumes, but also have a "Novelties, Masks, and Hats" catalog, and a "Fabrics and Trimmings" catalog. Write for them. (KT)

Retail Store address: 20 W. 11th Street
Covington, KY 41011
For group tours, call Customer Service: (859) 291-3300
Customer Service address:
25 W. Robbins Street
Covington, KY 41011
Customer Service: (859) 291-3300; FAX: (859) 291-9687
Orders: (800) 848-4650
URL: www.fabulousfurs.com
Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon-Fri EST
Contact Person: Donna Salyers

Premium faux fur clothing and accessories. They used to carry faux fur by the yard and patterns, but I don't see evidence of that on their current web site. Accepts mail, phone, and internet orders, or visit their store. Will ship outside the U.S. Both wholesale and retail. Write or use form on their web site for a free color catalog. Accepts personal checks, MC, Visa, and Discover. No minimum purchase amount.(KD)

Store address:
1040 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Salz Leather went out of business in 2001 after 145 years. The same address in Santa Cruz is now being occupied by the PACIFIC LEATHER GROUP. (AB/VR,AH)

514 2nd St. #A
Davis, CA 95616-4619
(916) 753-1020
Hours: 10:00-6:00 Mon-Sat
Contact Person: Pat Baker

Ethnic jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces), clothing, scarves and shawls. Accepts mail and phone orders. Send $2 for catalog (refunded with first order). Minimum order is $12. Accepts Visa, MC, and AmEx. (CK)

550 Showers Dr. Ste 1 (San Antonio Shopping Center)
Mountain View, CA 94040-1431
(650) 941 1278; FAX: (650) 941-4827
Hours: Mon-Wed 9:00-6:00; Thur 9:30-8:00; Sat 9:00-5:00; Closed Sun

HUGE 10,000 sq. ft. hobby shop catering to model-builders, model railroaders, and radio control car/plane enthusiasts. Good source for servos for your glow-and-rotate costumes, or for a selection of useful tools such as airbrushes, Dremel tools, exacto knives, etc. They also carry a limited selection of arts and crafts materials (beads, leatherworking supplies, etc.). [Ye Editor has been going to this hobby shop on and off since 1977, whether she lived in the area or not!] No mail or phone orders. No catalog. Accepts personal checks, AmEx, MC, Visa, Discover. (KD, RD)

425 2nd St., 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 982-3003; FAX: (415) 978-5435
Hours: 8:00-4:00
Contact Person: Rusty O’Keefe

Custom pleating, 30+ years in business. They do knife, accordion, crystal, box, mushroom, sunburst, and broomstick pleating on your cloth. The pleating process works best on 100% synthetics, or natural fibers blended with synthetics. Accepts mail orders, or visit their storefront. Will ship to other countries. Accepts checks, no credit cards. Minimum purchase amount $25.00. Send business sized (#10) SASE for brochure, which gives examples of the different kinds of pleating, pricing information, how to estimate how much fabric to send them, etc. (JT)

THE SANDSCRAFTER (Verified 2006)
P.O. Box 70013
Baltimore, MD 21237
(410) 574-2898
Contact Person: Larry Sands, leather artisan

Leather goods: belts, pouches, purses, scabbards, hair ornaments, etc. Custom work available. Also carries fantasy theme belt buckles, daggers, furs (animal tails), and gloves (leather with cut-off fingers).

SANGAM SILK STORE (Verified 2006)
1421 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4L 1Z7
(416) 466-4213
Contact Person: Vinod Kumar, President

One of the Toronto silk and sari district stores. (DG)

2420 Hampden Row
Rockville, VA 23146
(804) 749-3480
Contact Person: Lucy Smith

Middle Eastern imports and supplies. (LL)

412 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD
(410) 685-2950
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30; Sat 8:30-1:00 EST

Buttons, notions, thread, interfacing, linings. (GCFCG)

2959 Colerain Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45225
(513) 542-6100; FAX: (513) 542-0093
Email: info@schenz.com; jjschenz@schenz.com; sarausch@schenz.com
URL: www.schenz.com
Hours: 9:30-6:00 Mon-Fri; 9:30-4:00 Sat
Contact Person: Jonn Schenz, Stephen Rausch

Since 1966. Full costume rental house. Will ship full productions all over the country. Manufacturer of corporate and school mascots and adult masquerade costumes. Retail store features complete line of make-up, masks, and accessories. They have a very successful line of Masquerade-Plus costumes proportioned for the full-figured lady. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. Write for free catalog (send copy of your resale license to receive wholesale catalog). Accepts personal checks, Discover, MC, and Visa. No minimum purchase amount. Both retail and wholesale. (DB)

312 Linwood Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481-4421
(715) 345-7899; FAX: (715) 345-7898
Contact Person: R. Schneider

Publisher of books on Native American crafts. Current titles include: NATIVE AMERICAN BEADWORK; CRAFTS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS; NATIVE AMERICAN BASKETRY OF THE SENECA AND TLINGIT; OJIBWA CRAFTS; IROQUOIS CRAFTS; QUILL AND BEADWORK OF THE WESTERN SIOUX; BLACKFEET CRAFTS; and PUEBLO CRAFTS. Accepts mail and phone orders--no storefront. Will ship outside the U.S. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. No minimum purchase amount. Both wholesale and retail. Catalog of current titles available.

J. F. SCHROTER, ANTIQUE ARMS (Verified 2006)
P.O. Box 10794
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 838-2024
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00; other times by appointment
Contact Person: Jeffrey Schroter

Their letterhead says, "Design, Manufacture, Export, Import, Repair, Restoration, and Consultant." They carry a large assortment of replica arms, swords, and daggers. Most of their goods are of high quality European manufacture (as opposed to the cheap Spanish pieces). They write: "Italian and German styled wheellock pistols; finished functional firearms, unfinished kit form, and non-functional costume pieces; our own matchlock calivers, finished and in kit form; separate matchlock mechanisms." Very good selection. They intend to increasingly specialize in the earlier period firearms, as they are gaining an increasingly favorable reputation in this field. Send $3 (refundable against purchase) for catalog. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. No minimum purchase. (SLT)

SCOTT COSTUME CO. (Updated 2006)
4850 Southway Street SW
Canton, OH 44706
(330) 479-7084 or (800) 686-4331; FAX: (330) 477-2905
Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon-Fri; 9:00-12:00 Sat
Contact Person: Ward A. Scott
URL: www.scottcostume.com

Established in 1961, now with 60,000 costumes in stock. Costume rental for musicals, plays, and pageants for high schools, colleges, and professional theatre. Plots and prices sent on request for most musicals. Also cartoon characters and Santa Claus costumes. They also carry feathers, make-up, and masks. Accepts mail and phone orders. Send for free catalog. Accepts personal checks, Visa, and MC. No minimum order.

548 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 688-6960; FAX: (919) 688-2792
Creative Art Services Program Office: (919) 682-2751
Hours: Mon,Tue,Wed,Fri 11:00-5:00; Thur 11:00-6:00; Sat 10:00-5:00; Sun noon-5:00
Email: store@scrapexchange.org
URL: www.scrapexchange.org

The Scrap Exchange is a 501(c)3 creative reuse center, now celebrating its 15th year. They get industrial scraps of foam, padding, stickers, gizmos, boxes, fabric, plastic, metal, velours, sequins, etc. I’m sure anybody with an active imagination could find something useful there! There are some things they ask you to take sparingly, as they don’t get many of them, but usually, you can fill a paper shopping bag with almost anything in the store for $7.50/bag per small bag, $15.00/bag for a large bag. Or buy an "Art in a Bag" bag packed with pre-selected materials for $10. Some items are individually priced. They hold regular workshops at the center for both children and adults, including teacher training workshops. They also do in-store birthday parties and "make and take" classes, and "truckload" events on your site (includes a truckload of materials and instructors). You should call for current pricing on the events. And, of course, they are always looking for volunteers! Call and give them your name and address to receive a free copy of The Scrap Book, their newsletter. (FS)

SEA HORSE ARTS & CRAFTS (Verified 2006)
5840 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 851-3210 or (888) 407-3210; FAX: (407) 851-1957
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-5:00
Contact Person: Suzy Lee, Owner
Email: seahorse@fdn.com
URL: www.jax-inter.net/~seahorse/wegotit.html

Serving central Florida since 1946. They carry fine Austrian crystal rhinestones, precious and semi-precious beads, an extensive selection of appliques, jewelry supplies, ribbons, and beaded trims, all at excellent prices. Classes available and bulk prices are very good. Wonderful beading supplies and notions, and bridal supplies as well. (DLH)

SECOND CHANCE (Updated 2006)
1116 Jackson Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 346-4930 or (402) 346-9212

This is a very large antique/second hand store in Omaha's "Old Market" area. Of interest: large selection of antique jewelry and clothing. Usually has antique fur coats and capes at good prices, including furs that are no longer available, like seal. Has several racks of authentic Victorian clothing which, while too fragile to wear, is valuable for taking patterns from. Of note are two large wicker baskets full of antique sewing patterns, and a chest of drawers full of ribbons and trims, also antique. (PSP)

SECOND HAND ROSE (Verified 2006)
1111 Solano Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
(415) 527-7742
Hours: 11:00-6:00 Tue-Sat

In addition to second-hand clothing, she has a large selection of costume jewelry, long kid gloves, and fur pieces. A laundry basket was filled with old fur collars for $5 to $25, and two fur muffs. She carries items from pre-1900 up to 1960. Also included are fans, handbags, hats, and shoes. She is located next to the Albany Theatre, near San Pablo Avenue. (DC)

c/o Silver Works, Inc.
3234-B Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE 19808-6130
Charge card order line: (800) 544-8200

Silver, gold, and niobium jewelry, ranging from classic designs to some nice fantasy pieces. 32-page color catalog, $2. Accepts Visa, MC, AmEx, personal checks. (KD)

71 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228-5106
(410) 788-1720 or (866) 407-2363; FAX: 410-788-1784 (business hours only)
Hours: Mon,Thur 10:00-8:00; Tue,Wed,Fri,Sat 10:00-5:00; Sun 1:00-5:00
Email: info@seminolesampler.com
URL: www.seminolesampler.com

This is basically a quilter’s supply store, but we have found some interesting fabrics here. The clerks are very patient and can help you with finding particular print patterns. The store is located in a small industrial area with weaving/knitting and cross-stitch supply stores as neighbors. Accepts Discover, Visa, MC. (MES)

SERENDIPITOUS MASKS (Verified 2006) 831 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(800) 379-MASK or (504) 522-9158 or(504) 559-2498
Hours: Open 7 days a week
Email: donanddave@serendipitousmasks.com

A French Quarter shop in New Orleans. Beautiful selection of display masks, collector’s masks, and ladies’ masquerade ball masks beaded and trimmed with feathers. Also fans (feathered, paper, and fabric); umbrellas, parasols, second-line umbrellas and some custom made to order; rhinestone tiaras, crowns, and scepters; and scepter-shaped pins and high-quality costume jewelry. Great prices. Will take mail orders. Interesting shop to visit, as it is decorated with costumes from previous Mardi Gras courts. (DLH)

SERENGETI (Verified 2006)
A Wildlife Apparel and Gift Catalog
P.O. Box 6529
Chelmsford, MA 01824-0929
Order Phone: (800) 426-2852
Order FAX: (800) 866-3235
Hours: 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year
Contact Person: Robert A. Piro, President
Email: help@serengeticatalog.com
URL: www.serengeticatalog.com

Color catalog of wildlife-related items. Of particular interest to costumers: wildlife-themed jewelry and clothing. Accepts mail, phone, and internet orders (credit cards only on phone or FAX orders). Will ship to Canada. Accepts personal checks, Visa, MC, AmEx, and Discover. Retail only. No minimum purchase amount. No storefront; mail-order only. Write for free catalog. Also see listings for NATURE’S JEWELRY and PYRAMID BOOKS, their sister companies. (KD, RD)

230 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(800) 438-8971
(717) 334-9712; FAX: (717) 334-7482
URL: www.servantandco.com

"Your Civil War Headquarters." Servant and Co., a division of the Centennial General Store, has been producing their line of quality reproduction uniforms for the Civil War re-enactor for over 15 years. For the beginning re-enactor, Servant and Co. can dress a soldier of any rank from head to toe. Accoutrements for the Civil War soldier are also available--rifles, pistols, swords, leather goods, brogans, boots, camp furniture, tents, and more can be purchased at the Centennial General Store. The Centennial General Store also offers an extensive line of gifts for everyone: reproduction 19th Century wares; candies, jams, jellies; Civil War theme t-shirts; dolls and bonnets; childrens' drums and kepis; unusual country home goods; Gettysburg souvenirs and books; and much more. Located in another building just rear of the main Centennial General Store is a Victorian ladies’ boutique. The Civil War re-enactress can be dressed beautifully from head to toe, creating just the proper impression of the time. Servant and Co. has been producing quality clothing for the lady for over 5 years. Clothing includes underpinnings, dresses, ballgowns, and outerwear. An interesting room in the lady’s boutique of "Gettysburg Civil War Lady’s Things" has captivated its many visitors. The room is filled with lady’s authentic period clothing and accessories from the Civil War. The museum is open to the public at no charge. Servant and Co. is also a distributor for Period Impressions patterns, if you prefer to make your own garments. 60+ page catalog is $6.00. Accepts personal checks, Visa, MC, AmEx, Discover. (RD)

SEW & SO (Updated 1998)
7333 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111-1101
(619) 573-1853

They are a costume, bridal, and button store. They carry a wonderful selection of beaded trims, rhinestones, sequins, laces, and fabrics for both bridal and costume customers. Accepts mail and phone orders, or visit their store. Accepts AmEx, Visa, and MC. Also see listing for JANE’S FABRIQUE. (KD)

SEW SMART FABRICS (Verified 2006)
53 W. State Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 345-7990
Hours: Mon-Wed 10:00-6:00; Thur 10:00-9:00; Fri 10:00-8:00; Sat 10:00-5:00; Sun 12:00-4:00

Excellent selection on calicos, some exotics. Not local to central Philadelphia. Call for directions. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. (PR)

c/o Andros SoftWear
3419 East 21 Street, Suite #5
Vancouver, WA 98661-5716
(206) 750-1021

Pattern-making software. Custom patterns printed from body measurements entered into your computer. Bodice, Skirts, and Pants software, $79.95 each. System requirements: IBM PC compatible with Windows or Apple MacIntosh. Write for free leaflets. (KD)

944 Sutton Road
Cincinnati, OH 45230-3581
(513) 232-5403
Contact Person: Karen Maslowski
URL: www.sewstorm.com

Publishes the SEW UP A STORM newsletter (see Periodicals section); also reviews of pattern drafting software, workroom design booklet, and a book called SEW UP A STORM: ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK!. Send SASE for order form. Accepts mail and phone orders--no storefront. Will ship outside the U.S. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. Both wholesale and retail. No minimum purchase amount. (KD)

319 E. Holt Blvd.
Ontario, CA 91761-1617
(909) 984-6907

Small and sort of cluttered, but stock changes all the time and there are jewels to be found and bargains to be had if you search. Stock changes, so keep checking. (SK)

SEWING EMPORIUM (Verified 2006)
1079-B Third Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 420-3490; FAX: (619) 420-4002
Order line: (888) 742-0471 Hours: 9:00-5:00 Mon-Sat
Contact Person: Gil Murray

Mail-order source of all kinds of sewing notions and accessories. Especially worthy of note: hard-to-find bobbins for older machines (such as the Singer Featherweight 221); replacement throat plates, light bulbs, bobbin cases, and lead cords for many machines; and all sorts of feet for all sorts of functions. Also carries industrial sewing machines, professional steam irons, rotary cutting mats/rulers/systems, all manner of handy accessories, and a good selection of books. They also manufacture custom accessories. Their 160-page handbook/catalog is $4.95 (refundable with purchase). [Editor’s Note: Their catalog also contains all sorts of helpful information about choosing machine needles, troubleshooting your sewing machine, typical pricing for alterations, etc.] Accepts mail and phone orders, or visit their store. Will ship to Canada. Accepts personal checks, AmEx, MC, Visa, and Discover. No minimum purchase. Both retail and wholesale. (KD)

1840 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 842-3700, (312) 832-3817; (800) 621-1640; (888) 277-3400
Hours: 8:00-4:30 Mon-Fri; 8:00-12:00 Sat
Contact Person: Ronald Krasnitz

They carry an extensive line of specialty sewing machines that can do ALL KINDS of special stitches and embroidery. Accepts mail and phone orders. Will ship to Canada. Write for free catalog. Accepts personal checks, MC, and Visa. Minimum order, $25. (KT)

THE SEWING PLACE (Verified 2006)
P.O. Box 18923
Reno, NV 89511
(775) 853-3150; FAX: (775) 853-2217
Email: info@thesewingplace.com
URL: www.thesewingplace.com
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-6:00 EST
Contact Persons: Dale Cunningham

The retail store in Saratoga, CA closed in 2001 and has evolved into a retail Internet site. They specialize in hard-to-find fabrics and notions for fashion sewers. They also carry Burda, Neue Mode, and other hard-to-find patterns, including Lois Ericson’s. Mail, FAX, Internet. and phone orders accepted. Will ship outside the U.S. Both wholesale and retail. No minimum purchase amount. Catalog available. Swatching available. Accepts Visa, MC, Discover, AmEx, and personal checks. (CKB)

2010 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-SEWS (-7397)
URL: www.thesewingworkshop.com

Classes in all kinds of sewing and needlework. Check out their web site for information about current classes.(KD)