Want to own your own piece of showbiz? Now you can.
Items from your favorite television shows are available for purchase at two retail stores and online.
It’s a Wrap! retail stores are open to the public seven days a week and carry clothes, props and various other items from hundreds of productions.
With two locations in the Los Angeles area, It’s a Wrap! has items acquired from Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Studios, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, NBC Studios Inc., ABC Studios Inc., CBS Studio Inc. and hundreds more.
New merchandise arrives daily and is priced 35% to 95% off of retail, with the exception of collectables and memorabilia.
Buyers can search through outfits, shoes, handbags and even specialty attire such as wedding dresses. Recently, the store had a big sale on the dresses worn by the models on the game show “Deal or No Deal”. The dresses were $10 each.
The first location opened in May of 1992 and is currently located in Burbank, California. This store is seven thousand square feet, with merchandise displayed on two floors.
Due to demand, a second store opened in 2006 on the Westside of Los Angeles, California.
Some clothing items have never been worn and will still have the original tags on them. Items that have been worn are thoroughly cleaned before being displayed for sale.
Each item is carefully tagged with a code to show which studio and/or production supplied the item. A chart with the codes, a Production Code Index, is displayed in several places throughout the stores. For example, an item from Paramount Pictures will have the code ‘PP’ on the tag, while a piece of clothing from the show “General Hospital” will have the code ‘GEN’ on the tag.
Make no mistake, these clothes are not low quality garments originally from discount stores. These are items chosen by highly paid stylists for the express purpose of television and film production. Many are high fashion, designer garments from such notable names as Oscar de la Renta and Nicole Miller. Some garments are designed by a costume designer specifically for a show. Several gowns designed and sewn specifically for cast members of “Days of Our Lives” can be found in It’s a Wrap!
Jenny Langon, 32, who lives in Los Angeles, visits the Westside store frequently.
“You never know what you’re going to find in here,” she says, “but I always find something that I like. And I like to be able to say, ‘Someone on “30 Rock” wore this’ or ‘this is from that show “The Ghost Whisperer”.
At the Burbank store, German tourist Reinhold Kluger, 42, said that after taking studio tours visiting “It’s a Wrap!” is his favorite ‘Hollywood’ thing to do. “I come to this shop every time I visit Los Angeles. If you like TV stuff, this is a cool place to come to”. He added that although the store doesn’t have any of the swimsuits from one of his favorite shows, “Baywatch”, for sale, he did get a picture of two of the famous suits on that are on display within the store.
Kluger says that he’s purchased clothes from several shows, including “Heroes” and “House”. “It’s fun to bring a little something from American television back to Germany with me”.
Shopping alongside Kluger was the Herlin family, visiting Los Angeles from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mom Gloria and dad Craig were with daughters Lindsay, 14, and Mia,12. “It was the girls’ idea to come here,” Gloria revealed. “They love the soaps and really want something from “All My Children”.
Craig at first seemed to be solely along for the ride with his family, but clearly enjoyed the trip when he found a tie that he liked. Lindsay was quick to tell him that the tag showed that the tie was from the daytime drama “One Life to Live”.
“Maybe I’ll feel like a TV star when I wear it,” he mused.
Both Herlin daughters were successful too. Each one found something from “All My Children” to purchase.
Gloria was pleased with the shopping excursion. “We all got something at a good price and we can brag about our ‘TV clothes’ to our friends when we get back home.”
If you’re looking for a bargain, with a little bit of TV history, It’s a Wrap! is definitely a place to check out.
Gift certificates for It’s a Wrap!, in several denominations, are available in each store and online.
For more information about It’s a Wrap Production Wardrobe Sales, visit their website at: http://www.itsawraphollywood.com/