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Iconic South Congress costume shop Lucy in Disguise is closing on Dec. 17

The iconic store will officially close on Saturday after nearly 40 years in business.

AUSTIN, Texas — It's time to say goodbye to another legendary Austin business – Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds on South Congress Avenue.

The iconic costume shop is officially set to close for good on Saturday, Dec. 17.

On Friday, the shop shared an Instagram post announcing the official closing date after initially sharing plans to close back in August. 

"It's time..." the caption under the photo read.

In August, the South Congress Avenue shop first said it was closing at the end of the year, but that a specific date had not been set.

"After 38 years of business, Lucy in Disguise will close at the end of this year. Our owner, Jenna Radtke, opened the store in 1984 and since then, the store has survived a lot of changes and grown into an Austin institution," the statement read. "There are not a lot of year-round costume shops in the world and we're very grateful to our customers for their ongoing support. We've loved being a source of creativity and inspiration for your parties, plays, and productions. It has been a pleasure to fulfill your costuming dreams and fantasies. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

The costume shop moved to a "purchase only" model on Aug. 31, with rentals over after Aug. 30.

The store has been a staple on South Congress for decades, inspiring tourists and locals alike with wall-to-wall costumes, jewelry and accessories galore. It opened on April 1, 1984, and it is now described as an 8,000-square-foot emporium.

"Centrally located at 1506 South Congress Avenue, in Austin, Texas, 78704, and a member of the National Costumer's Association, Lucy's offers a carnival atmosphere, a location rich in local color, an eclectic mix of shoppers, and the most extensive inventory of it's kind in Texas," its website states.

Owner Jenna Radtke told KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman that the zebra sitting atop the store's roof – Catherine Zebra-Jones – would be up for sale. 

Radtke also told the Statesman that she had sold the space to Steve Greenberg, owner of Allen's Boots. That sale is expected to go through in January.

Read the full report by the Statesman here. 

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