Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Authors
For a time, Barb Rogers haunted thrift shops, rummage sales, and auctions in the hope of finding old clothes that could be converted into costumes and sold. Not a seamstress, unable to use a pattern, and without a sewing machine, she developed her own unique way of designing costumes.
Broadway Bazaar Costumes was born in one upstairs room, on the main street of Mattoon, Illinois, with 130 costumes, and Barb's burning desire to succeed. Within five years, it had grown to fifteen rooms of fun, fabulous, flamboyant costumes. A member of the National Costumers Association, Barb attended national conventions, competed with costumers from all over the U.S., and won many awards. But after ten years in business, she was brought down by a serious illness.
Always the survivor and eternal optimist, but unable to continue running the shop, she leased it out and found her second love: writing. Barb, her husband Junior, and their two dogs, Sammi and Georgie, relocated to a small mountain community in Arizona, where she could heal and write. Since that time, in addition to working on her costuming books, Barb has written many novels and hopes to become a published novelist but will always hold on to costuming as her first love. You can learn more by visiting Barb Rogers’s website.