Unlike new clothes, vintage clothing is already broken in, has had time to establish its pedigree, and is almost always housetrained. Save on ensemble obedience training with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of costume rentals at Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe. Each costume rents for three days and two nights. Rental orders for Halloween must be placed by October 15.
The style-savvy staff at Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe bedecks customers in more than 10,000 full costumes, including authentic period garb from as far back as the 19th century, earning a spot on Lonely Planet’s list of things to do in Santa Barbara. Channel 1920s glamour in a flapper costume ($25–$85) while your date dons a gangster fedora ($10–$20) and an optional Martin Scorsese hand puppet. An ornate pair of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI costumes ($50–$125) can help wearers to steal the spotlight at someone else’s wedding, and matching Antony and Cleopatra outfits help partygoers to ape ancient-Egyptian amours. Patrons can also rummage through the Amazing $5 Rack, restocked frequently with low-priced items, or browse Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe’s five-page 2011 costume-idea list in hopes of squeezing inspiration from the mind’s creative oranges. For customers who miss the October 15 rental deadline, Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe makes all costumes available for purchase between October 16 and October 31.
4289 State St.
Santa Barbara, California 93110