Scary good finds from CoMo’s vintage shops

Vintage? So adorable. MOVE’s guide to finding costumes downtown.

By Sharon Mai | Oct. 28, 2014

Tags: Downtown Columbia Fashion Halloween


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Not quite feeling a costume store this year? We totally get it. Retail costume stores like Party City can be such a drain on your wallet. Luckily for you, dear reader, downtown CoMo abounds with vintage shops for all your Halloween get-up needs.

First on MOVE’s list is Absolute Vintage on Broadway. The store provides rentals for an endless amount of costumes. If you want to put together your own costume, you also have the option to express your creativity and purchase individual components of a costume.

The owner of Absolute Vintage, Jennifer Johnson, says renting a costume will generally run you $20 to $30. If you’re interested in buying one, you’re looking at about $35 to $50.

If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea, there is a “costume idea Bible” in front of the store. Costumes ranging from “Wizard of Oz” characters to Spartans and ancient Egyptians are all available for your choosing. If you want to be the ever-so-popular flapper girl, you can be sure that Absolute Vintage will provide you with a variety of flapper costumes.

Johnson says Absolute Vintage will provide endless options for every type of Halloween celebrator. Couples’ costumes are endless. A variety of conservative options, as well as the other end of the spectrum, are available for any persona you could be for Halloween. Alpine girl? Sexy spider? Absolute’s got you covered.

Another option? Maude Vintage, another Broadway shop. It looks small from the outside, but don’t be fooled! Maude has a huge storage room with 3,500 square feet worth of costumes, all for you to choose from. They even have a room named “the Decades Room” –– pick any outfit from any decade and you’re guaranteed to find it in that room.

The store also does repairs, so if you already own a costume but it just needs a quick fix, Maude Vintage is the place to go. The shop also carries some of the best ugly Christmas sweaters you’ve ever seen. (I’m not kidding. They’re seriously ugly).

If you’re ever wandering downtown in between classes or just doing some quick sightseeing, stop by into one of Columbia’s vintage shops. You’re bound to find the perfect Halloween get-up for this year.

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