Instead of a cheaply made, plastic-envelope-encased costume available at most party shops, for your Halloween social calendar this year consider instead an authentic Victorian-era gown, a 1920s drop-waist flapper dress, or other retro threads available at the hippest vintage and resale shops around town. Create your costume from choice vintage finds and you’ll be sure to impress at any ghoulish party.
Replay Vintage Goods
Replay on 19th Street was long hailed as one of the best vintage shops in the Houston area, and after closing its Heights location this spring the owners reopened on Mid Main just this week. The reborn shop stocks everything from authentic Victorian-era ensembles to 1970s shoes and accessories. 3708 Main St., 713-863-9344, replayon19thstreet.com.
True to its name, Retropolis is a mecca for all things vintage. Among its two stories are vintage threads and accessories from every era. New merchandise is brought in daily, so even if your efforts prove fruitless on one visit, the perfect costume could be just a day away. Plus check out the handcrafted jewelry by local artists in stock to accessorize your Halloween look. 321 W. 19th St., 713-861-1950, facebook.com/retropolis.
While it may be the ideal resale shop for everyday wear, Buffalo Exchange offers an impressive stock of eclectic clothing and accessories. For those who would rather make their costumes at home but are looking for complimentary shoes or headwear, peruse the shelves for Houston’s funkiest resale items. 1618 Westheimer Rd., 713-523-8701, buffaloexchange.com.
Trick-or-treating adults looking to portray royal characters (or Tenenbaums) should check out the finer side of resale at Cheeky Vintage. Their merchandise includes everything from designer cocktail dresses to jackets, hats, and scarves. Anyone looking to portray the bride of Frankenstein can also find wedding dresses among Cheeky Vintage’s treasures—but be prepared to spend. 2134 Richmond Ave., 713-533-1121, cheekyvintage.com.
Established in 1915 on the second floor of the Prince Theater, this vast novelty shop has quite a history in Houston. At its new location, it sells a full range of costumes and accessories, bejeweled costume fabrics and trims, theatrical accessories and makeup, and so much more. Props, wigs, and novelty items are in stock to complete any customer’s ensemble. 4825 San Jacinto St., 713-524-8236, southern-importers.com.