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Designer Debi Manire dreams of a place where costumes and props could be stored and shared by school, community groups

By Jennifer Nixon

This article was published August 16, 2016 at 1:54 a.m.

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“The Costume Lady” Debi Manire shows off Tim the Enchanter’s antlers she made for a production of Spamalot. Her garage is just one of the spaces in her house packed to the gills with costumes. Rather than sell her pieces, she hopes to help create a theater cooperative. “The cooperative feels like it would serve more people. I feel strongly about that.”

Debi Manire, also known as the Costume Lady, has a soft spot for hats, which she loves to create or customize for her costume collection.

Debi Manire is shown wearing one of her many hats, most of which she either made or customized.

Debi Manire is shown wearing one of her many hats, most of which she either made or customized.

Debi Manire is shown wearing one of her many hats, most of which she either made or customized.

Debi Manire has seen a lot of waste in the theater world and hopes a cooperative for sharing props and costumes would be the answer to helping financi...

Stepping into Debi Manire's living room is a bit like stepping into an alternate reality, where one is almost immediately confronted with two versions of Oberon and Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Debi Manire, also known as the Costume Lady, has a soft spot for hats, which she loves to create or customize for her costume collection.

Debi Manire is shown wearing one of her many hats, most of which she either made or customized.

Debi Manire is shown wearing one of her many hats, most of which she either made or customized.

Debi Manire is shown wearing one of her many hats, most of which she either made or customized.

Debi Manire has seen a lot of waste in the theater world and hopes a cooperative for sharing props and costumes would be the answer to helping financi...

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