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Salt Lake bids costume company a farewell

Store of many faces goes out of business after 116-year run

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Vic Rael helps with the auction at Salt Lake Costume Co. on Tuesday. Inventory included about 40,000 pieces.

Vic Rael helps with the auction at Salt Lake Costume Co. on Tuesday. Inventory included about 40,000 pieces.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News

Salt Lake Costume Co., a century-old, landmark specialty store that festooned both working actors and Halloween ghouls and goblins, celebrated its curtain call with an auction Tuesday.

The company at 1701 S. 1100 East first opened its doors on Main Street in 1889. From an early need to costume local theater, Salt Lake Costume grew to serve stage, film and television productions as well as special events.

Its current owner, the Grand Theatre's resident costume designer, Thad Hansen, purchased the store in 1993. He cited family and financial reasons for closing.

The inventory auctioned Tuesday included about 40,000 pieces, according to Rob Olson, owner of Erkelens and Olson Auctioneers, which conducted the three-hour auction.

"In all, there were about 125 registered bidders, which is typical for our sales," Olson said. Items auctioned ranged from wigs and make-up to clothing and accessories, all the way to the fixtures and shelving. All of the items up for auction were sold, Olson said.

An estimate of proceeds raised was not available.