MOTHERLODE! For $12 I walked off with over six yards of heavy yellow drapes that feel like they may really be silk. The color would look awful against my face, but will make a fabulous lining for the Italian Renaissance outfit I'm putting together. I also got some gaudy cotton brocade table-runners and tablecloth, for detachable slashed sleeves.
Then I'll need a mask for the ball, and a hairpiece.
I will post pictures as I make the outfit.