Rummage sale raises money for Columbia youth theater company

Friday, October 8, 2010 | 6:33 p.m. CDT
Sophie Leigh, 4, and her mom, Janiece Leigh, shop for mouse ears and nose, a cowgirl hat and gymnastics outfits at the Performing Arts in Children's Education rummage sale in the Missouri United Methodist Church. PACE held a rummage sale because they are downsizing from their Midway location to Big Bear Boulevard.

COLUMBIA — Dinesh Baldwin, 9, searched carefully through a table filled with hats for the perfect helmet to match his silver breastplate.

“We’re looking for a Greek god costume,” his mother, Rhoda Baldwin, said.

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PACE's rummage sale will be 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Missouri United Methodist Church.

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On Friday at the Missouri United Methodist Church, PACE, or Peforming Arts in Children’s Education, hosted a rummage sale full of costumes, hats and props for Dinesh to choose from.

One shopper, Steph Foley, 41, left with her arms full of items: two cat tails, a purse and five hats, including Glinda the Good Witch's crown from PACE's "Wizard of Oz" production.

"I couldn't resist — she's the good witch," Foley said. "It's nice to be supporting theater."

PACE is a nonprofit theater company that showcases strictly youth-only productions, said Megan White, executive director of PACE.

“We had a 15-year-old be the stage manager,” White said. “She called the whole show, start to finish.”

A lack of storage space in PACE's new location necessitated the rummage sale, White said.

“There were two primary reasons for the rummage sale today,” White said. “First, just as a general fundraiser for PACE. Secondly, to raise money for our move and thin some stuff out.”

PACE’s current facility to house its costume stock is two racks and two stories high.

“The rummage sale provided the opportunity to organize and sift through what was necessary before our move,” Greg Thackery, PACE board president, said.

The new location will be on Big Bear Boulevard, White said.

“More people can get there easier — I know some people can’t make the drive to where it is now, it’s way out there,” PACE member Rachel Mooney, 13, said.

The new location will provide more dance studio space for Limelight Dance Studio, a branch of PACE, Thackery said.

The building will also provide more space for prop and set building, White said.

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