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    Product Parade: Wacky Packages Minis

    Wacky Packages Minis is a new line of hilarious, miniature, 3D products based on the classic stickers by iconic trading card company Topps. With silly and outrageous spoofs of popular household products, Wacky Packages Minis brings the original, 2D p Read more

    Apr 8, 2021

    5:43 PM

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    Product Parade: elope Dr. Seuss Neckties

    New for 2021: elope is introducing a line of Dr. Seuss Neckties and a Bow Tie Set. We have the classic Cat In the Hat, Thing 1/Thing 2 and The Grinch. Perfect for teachers and Seuss fans of all ages. $6.99 wholesale/$13.99 MSRP. Read more

    Jan 14, 2021

    5:41 PM

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    Novelty Facemasks from Underwraps

    Underwraps has developed a line of novelty masks that are perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. You can socially distance in style and keep the newest holiday essentials in stock. Styles are available for the entire family. Read more

    Jun 25, 2020

    2:16 PM

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    Beistle Skeleton Restroom Door Cover

    Skeleton Restroom Door Cover (00014): Measuring 30" wide by 5' tall, this door cover is the perfect spooky decoration to guide your guests to the restroom. Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    1:05 PM

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    Billie Eilish Costume

    This BILLIE EILISH CLASSIC GREEN CHILD COSTUME from Disguise includes the top, shorts, headwrap and mask. Item #112579. Read more

    Aug 6, 2020

    1:09 PM

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    Product Parade: Dreamgirl Hot Haunts

    Dreamgirl: Hot Haunts - Prince of Darkness, style 11939, has a rich velvet tunic with large pentagram patch and attached cape. Also includes belt with attached chains and pentagram charms. Princess of Darkness, style 11940, offers a sleek zip front f Read more

    Aug 20, 2020

    3:02 PM

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    Product Parade: Farthingales Rigelene

    Woven boning a.k.a. Rigelene is an amazingly versatile product for costumers to create light weight apertures for unique shapes. It comes in various widths and in both black and white. You can cut it with scissors and sew through it, making it easy t Read more

    Aug 20, 2020

    3:06 PM

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    Smiffys Announces Launch of New Wig Line in Partnership with Manic Panic®

    Smiffys is delighted to announce the launch of their dazzling new range of licensed wigs in partnership with Manic Panic, the leaders in creative hair color and cosmetics. Read more

    Oct 5, 2020

    5:12 PM


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    Don't Overlook These Financial Benefits

    It might seem that the financial panic created by COVID is easing, but don't forget that there are still some important financial benefits available to small businesses affected by the pandemic. Here are three: Read more

    Apr 15, 2021

    12:51 PM

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    Videos of NCA Success Summit Posted

    The 2021 NCA Success Summit is over, but you can still watch the videos and get in on the fun! The event attracted 33 attendees on Tuesday, March 23 and 28 people on Wednesday, March 24. They enjoyed four information-packed panel discussions and four Read more

    Mar 25, 2021

    9:09 PM

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    Wolfe FX: New NCA Vendor Member Offers Make-Up and Dental Distortions Teeth

    Make-up is an essential product for many costume shops. It’s sold to theater programs and actors, of course, but also Cosplay fans, make-up artists, and countless other customers who want to change their appearance. In sort, it can be an excellent so Read more

    Mar 24, 2021

    4:40 PM

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    Meet NCA Vendor Member KBW Global Corp.: Masters of the Masks

    When Danny Wu left China in 1996 to come to the United States, he first traveled to other parts of the world. One stop was Venice, where he was impressed by the fantastic masks that island city is known for. Read more

    Mar 8, 2021

    7:20 PM

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    Theatre Garage: New NCA Member is Essential to Edmonton’s Theater Scene

    Christy Hutchinson clearly remembers the day she decided that costuming would be her life’s work. “I grew up in an extremely small, rural town in Alberta,” says Hutchinson, owner of new NCA member Theatre Garage in Edmonton, Alberta. “We didn’t have Read more

    Feb 24, 2021

    9:12 PM

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    Super Impulse: New NCA Member Aims to Supersize Your Sales with Tiny Items

    Wondering how to bring in some extra sales during slow months in your store? New NCA Vendor Member Super Impulse might have the answer. The company, which joined the NCA in January, makes a line of the “World’s Smallest” toys and games that are affor Read more

    Feb 23, 2021

    10:37 AM

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    Meet New NCA Member Jacob W. Patorti: Building a Historic Costume Collection

    Do you think you have a lot of costumes? Maybe so, but you probably can’t compare with Jacob Patorti, who joined the NCA as a Costume Professional in early February. Patorti has nearly 10,000 hung articles and 400 totes full of accessories. And he’s Read more

    Feb 11, 2021

    10:03 AM

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    Chris Zephro: The Man Behind the Trick or Treat Studios Masks

    Ever since I was a kid, I loved monster and horror movies. Every day I would go to a video store and just get all the Beta and VHS horror movies, slasher movies. I loved them, always. I grew up in Los Angeles, and my father’s best friend was Irwin Ya Read more

    Feb 10, 2021

    11:27 AM

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    Rasta Imposta: Laughter Comes First

    NCA Executive Director Ed Avis recently interviewed Robert and Tina Berman, who own Rasta Imposta, a costume manufacturer and NCA Vendor Member. This “first-person” article is based on that interview. Read more

    Jan 27, 2021

    9:09 PM

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    First Person: Nigel FeBland, Veteran Costume Industry Sales Rep

    Veteran costume industry sales rep Nigel FeBland was recently interviewed by APDSP Executive Director Ed Avis. Here is a “first-person” article about FeBland based on that interview. Read more

    Dec 24, 2020

    12:42 PM


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    New NCA Member Go Fun Face: Animal Mask Idea Born on a Plane Ride

    The story sounds like a cliché: Guy on a plane strikes up a conversation with the guy in the next seat, talk turns to business, and by the time they land they’re partners in a new company. Only happens in the movies, right? Well, that’s pretty much h Read more

    Dec 9, 2020

    11:46 AM

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    Are You Using Your NCA Benefits?

    Are you taking advantage of your NCA member benefits? If not, you're missing out on thousands of dollars of savings and having many valuable resources at you fingertips! Here are just some of the benefits you can access: Read more

    Nov 24, 2020

    4:48 PM

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    How Was Halloween? NCA Survey Says Not So Good

    Depending on who you talk to, Halloween 2020 was either fantastic or a complete bust. The NCA’s own survey, sadly, leans towards the “bust” side of that spectrum. Read more

    Nov 11, 2020

    4:25 PM


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    NCA Members: HQ Has Your Back

    I know it’s been a crazy, scary, gut-wrenching year so far. Between COVID shutdowns, protests and looting, hurricanes in the Southeast and forest fires in the West, it seems like the body blows keep coming. Now we are on the eve of Halloween – which Read more

    Oct 29, 2020

    11:05 AM

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    No Disappearing Act: Stoner’s Funstore Keeps the Magic Alive

    As we were researching an article about selling magic tricks and supplies in costume shops, the first few people we spoke to said that the internet has severely cut into their sales of those items. We were starting to lose hope for the topic until we Read more

    Oct 29, 2020

    10:47 AM

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    Disguise: Gaming and Adaptive Costumes Key to Success

    Disguise was one of eight NCA Vendor Members who supported the association’s Help Halloween Happen campaign. In this Q&A with NCA Executive Director Ed Avis, Disguise General Manager Tara Hefter explains how the company finds and develops its costume Read more

    Oct 10, 2020

    3:05 PM

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    Zagone Studios’ Franco Pacini: Pent-Up Demand Will Help Halloween Costume Sales

    Zagone Studios was one of eight NCA Vendor Members who supported the association’s Help Halloween Happen campaign. In this Q&A with NCA Executive Director Ed Avis, Zagone Marketing Director Franco Pacini predicts a successful Halloween. Read more

    Oct 1, 2020

    3:42 PM

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    Scott Morris: Halloween Décor Sales Dodge COVID Effect

    Morris Costumes was one of eight NCA Vendor Members who supported the association’s Help Halloween Happen campaign. Morris Costumes is involved in the costume business in three channels: They operate several retail stores; they manufacture and distri Read more

    Oct 1, 2020

    3:46 PM

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    Theatre or No Theatre . . .

    Editor’s Note: With the business world all topsy, turvy these days, nobody can be quite sure where the costuming is headed. Hearing from NCA members is one way we try to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry. Here, NCA board member Gene Flahar Read more

    Sep 28, 2020

    2:52 PM

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    Dreamgirl: We Can Make This a Great Halloween!

    Dreamgirl was one of eight NCA Vendor Members who have supported the association’s Help Halloween Happen campaign. In this Q&A with NCA Executive Director Ed Avis, Dreamgirl President Barry Revzen and National Sales Manager Gihan Gabor discuss the co Read more

    Sep 24, 2020

    3:37 PM

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    Ghoulish Productions: Helping Halloween Take the Stress Away

    Ghoulish Productions was one of eight NCA Vendor Members who have supported the association’s Help Halloween Happen campaign. In this Q&A with NCA Executive Director Ed Avis, Ghoulish Sales Director Esteban Esponda and Sales Manager Adriana Espinosa Read more

    Sep 24, 2020

    3:34 PM

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    “Blood and Guts” Leading Sales at Graftobian

    Graftobian Make-Up Company was one of eight NCA Vendor Members who have supported the association’s Help Halloween Happen campaign. In this Q&A with NCA Executive Director Ed Avis, Graftobian President Eric Coffman discusses the company’s views on th Read more

    Sep 16, 2020

    7:40 PM

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Costuming News

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    Obituary: Patricia McGehee

    We were saddened to learn of the passing of former NCA member Patricia McGehee, who owned Associated Theatrical Contractors in Kansas City, MO. She also created many costumes for productions of the Kansas City Lyric Opera. To read her complete obitua Read more

    Apr 6, 2021

    11:42 AM

  • Kryolan Drag Workshop Video Posted

    Serving the drag community can be an important market for a costume shop. Tim Pearson, head make-up artist of Kryolan in New York City, stars in this video workshop for drag make-up. Read more

    Mar 27, 2021

    11:18 AM

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    NCA Spring Fling Planned for May 13-16

    Spring Fling is on! This informal event, which is packed with casual fun and networking among NCA members, both active and retired, will be held May 13-16 in Sugar Creek, Ohio. Read more

    Mar 25, 2021

    2:59 PM

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    Mehron Launches New NCA Programs

    To help support NCA retailers after a difficult 2020, Mehron is launching new programs designed to dramatically increase store traffic. With the expected pent-up demand for a festive Sunday Halloween, we’ve been working on special new initiatives to Read more

    Mar 21, 2021

    9:50 AM

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    Panelists Named for NCA Success Summit

    The 2021 NCA Success Summit will offer insights and advice from a star-studded group of panelists on topics ranging from selling more products online to serving unconventional markets. This 2-day event on March 23-24 is free and open to everyone in t Read more

    Mar 17, 2021

    1:58 PM

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    Schedule Set for Success Summit

    The schedule is set! The 2021 NCA Success Summit, March 23-24, will be packed with education and socializing. The event, which is free and open to all current, former and prospective NCA members, is designed to help costumers blast through the COVID Read more

    Mar 15, 2021

    11:23 AM

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    NCA Success Summit Coming...Help Us Plan

    We know that a lot of costume businesses have had a very difficult year, so we're planning a major two-day event on March 23-24 to help them survive and thrive! This Zoom event, called the NCA Success Summit, will be packed with peer panel discussion Read more

    Feb 24, 2021

    9:34 PM

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    Vendor Discount Deadlines are Looming...And We've Posted Videos of the Fashion Show

    Many discounts in the Buyer's Group have deadlines that are approaching in the next week or two. Please click here to visit the Buyer's Group now so that you don't miss these! Also remember that some Vendor Members offered additional Show Discounts, Read more

    Feb 24, 2021

    9:27 PM

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    NCA Zoom Fashion Show Part II is This Week!

    The 2021 Zoom Fashion Show, which featured three days of fun in January, has resumed! Wednesday and Thursday, February 17-18, you can learn about the 2021 offerings of Underwraps Costumes, elope, Rubies and Super Impulse. Read more

    Feb 11, 2021

    2:57 PM

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    We Are Seeking Nominations for the NCA Board

    Are you a passionate costume professional interested in helping direct the only trade organization devoted to the retail costume business? Or do you know somebody like that? Then we want to hear from you! Read more

    Feb 10, 2021

    4:53 PM

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    NCA Vendor Members Offer "Show Specials"

    Many costume industry vendors offer "show specials" in January to entice NCA members to order their products. Since there are no in-person shows this winter, we asked the NCA Vendor Members to tell us about any show specials they would like to promot Read more

    Jan 28, 2021

    10:55 AM

  • Obituary: Carrie Louise Sudor

    Carrie Louise Sudor of Monessen, PA passed away on Jan. 4, 2021 at 95 years old. She was the wife of Bill Sudor who was well known to the NCA, working to Rep Franco American Novelty Co. Bill was also an NCA Honorary Life member. The family has reques Read more

    Jan 20, 2021

    9:43 AM

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    Obituary: Linda Emerson

    The National Costumers Association is saddened to learn of the passing of Linda Emerson, former owner of Emerson Costumes in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a long-time board member of the NCA. Read more

    Jan 28, 2021

    11:38 AM

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    NCA Vendor Promotions for 2021 Announced

    The NCA has a lot of ways for costume vendors to reach its members, who represent the heart of the retail costume industry. Here are three upcoming promotions: Read more

    Jan 21, 2021

    3:55 PM

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    Videos Posted of NCA Zoom Fashion Shows!

    The first-ever NCA Zoom Fashion Show inspired buyers over three days this week! The events, which ran from Monday through Wednesday for about an hour each day, attracted between 30 and 60 attendees each day. A total of 13 exhibitors – all of whom are Read more

    Jan 14, 2021

    3:00 PM

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