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Lyric Opera's costume sale was a hit

Posted By on 09.08.14 at 02:30 PM

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Rani Young, arriving for Lyric Operas costume sale
  • Deanna Isaacs
  • Rani Young, out of luck at Lyric Opera's costume sale

The fat lady made an early entrance at Lyric Opera's huge costume sale, on Saturday.

If, like artist Rani Young, you arrived at the opera house in the midafternoon for this once-in-a-decade-or-so event that was scheduled to close at 6 PM, you found a gleaming set of locked doors and a sign explaining that the 3,500 piece inventory had completely sold out. Nary a cape nor a codpiece left!

The folks who beat you out arrived as early as 6 AM for the sale's 9 AM opening, and fell into a line that snaked down the street and, by opening time, across the Washington Street Bridge and down Canal.

By 2:15 PM, everything was gone—and Lyric had taken in $140,000.

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