Cincinnati’s annual sale offers wigs, heels, gowns and more to raise money for LGBTQ groups in Southwest Ohio.


By Bob Vitale 

To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it doesn’t have to cost that much money to look this cheap.

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Drag queens from the Cincinnati area will host a Drag Mart on Saturday, selling gently used wigs, dresses, jewelry and heels to raise money for five Southwest Ohio charities.

The sale is hosted by the Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire, a group of Cincinnati performers and fans who have raised more than $1.2 million over the past two decades for LGBTQ organizations and other causes throughout the Tri State.

Organizer Alynn Rousselle (pictured above) said the twist on this year’s event is actually that it will include a regular-old yard sale—clothing, lamps, exercise equipment, tables, a computer printer, etc.—to raise even more money. The Drag Mart part has taken place for a few years now.

“The event works to clean out closets but also to give new performers a way to get items to try the art of drag for a lot less than they would if they bought new,” Rousselle said.

It all takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Roselawn Condon Elementary School (1594 Summit Road, Cincinnati, 45237) in the city’s Roselawn neighborhood.

Charities that will benefit are GLSEN Greater Cincinnati, the Cincinnati chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Safe and SupportedCaracole Inc., and the Cat Adoption Team of Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio.

Rouselle said the Cat Adoption Team will bring two of its cats to the event that need “fur-ever” homes. Duttenhofer’s Books and a few other local businesses donated items for the sale.

On the Drag Market side, Penny Tration has donated two brooches and other queens who make drag items have offered pieces for sale.

And if you need something to haul away all your purchases, someone has donated a car-top cargo carrier to the sale as well.

“Basically, my house is packed full of boxes right now,” Rousselle said. “I’m lucky to have very understanding landlords!”

There will be food sold as well.
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Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.