Costume shop owner hunts rare pieces

Mike Brotman, owner of The Magic Planet in Thousand Oaks, has scoured the country for the thousands of high-end costumes that fill his store.
Finding treasures like handmade masks from New Orleans and “Star Wars” suits for mysterious Darth Vaders is the best part of his job, said Brotman, a Westlake Village resident.
When he’s not traveling to fill his store, Brotman, 49, is poring over costume catalogues. “It’s like an obsession,” he said.
After his business...

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