Volunteers are desperately needed for the South Canterbury Drama League's costume hire shop.
Wardrobe convenor Anne Russell said volunteers did not need to be good at sewing.
"But if they could sew a patch on or a button that would be helpful," she said.
A grenade is one of the more unusual requests she has dealt with over the past 15 years. Dead foxes, glitter boots and silk robes are just some of the items donated or used in shows to be found at the treasure trove.
Mrs Russell is a volunteer who works on a roster to run the costume shop on Church St. She and her fellow helpers try to accommodate people's ideas and needs where possible.
With thousands of costumes from different eras and performances to choose from the volunteers also offer advice and a pinch of creativity.
The most popular fancy dress or impersonator costumes included Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. She said 1980s party dress gained attention for a while but was now becoming "old-fashioned".
The wardrobe hire was located in a small room at The Playhouse until the mid-1990s when more space was required and the house next door was purchased.
League president Kevin Foley said the costume hire aspect was an important source of revenue for the theatre group.
"We would consider expanding our hire services but we are limited by the number of helpers available," he said.
He said they had lost several volunteers recently and were urgently in need of more.
If anyone is interested in volunteering they should contact the shop on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
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