University of Illinois's Krannert Center for the Performing Arts cleans out unwanted or unneeded props and costumes from its vaults every other year, inviting in anybody who wants to come and look over their version of a garage sale (although I believe it's held in an empty theater space). This Saturday, August 27, is the chosen day for the 2016 Costume and Prop Sale and preliminary info indicates it will be held in the Studio Theatre inside Krannert Center.
If you want to get in early, you can buy a pre-sale ticket for $3 and shop your heart out between 9 am and 12 noon. If you prefer to take your chances on what's left, admission is free after 1 pm.
Given that this year it's in the Studio Theatre, which is not that big a space, I don't know how much will be available. In past years, when it was in a huge rehearsal space deep within the bowels of Krannert Center, I picked up a hoop (the kind that goes under a hoop skirt), an American Civil War-era ladies' jacket (that could've been worn with the hoop skirt), a Regency-style dress that looked like it had just emerged from the sea, a strange plaid tunic with leather bits stuck to it, and a suede vest with floral bits stuck to it. I can't identify the production my hoop or the jacket came from, but I'm pretty sure the dress was from a production of Twelfth Night set in the Regency period, the plaid was from Macbeth, and the vest was from a 1960s-inspired hippy dippy Midsummer Night's Dream.
You may be just as lucky as I was. Or luckier. Who knows? It will cost you $3 to see the best stuff.