Vintage college and vintage Halloween apparel and accessories are going on sale at specialty retailers across Canada this weekend.
Vintage apparel is often the perfect gift for students who are returning to school for the first time, or for those who are looking for some fun to wear.
Some vintage items will be on sale for $5 or less, and some will cost as much as $75.
“You can get a lot of great vintage, really unique pieces,” said Kelly O’Brien, a professor of fashion at the University of Alberta.
“And you can go to a thrift store and find a great pair of jeans for about $20, or a dress for about 50 cents.”
Some vintage Halloween clothing will be available at discount, while others are being sold at wholesale prices.
A popular vintage Halloween costume, which features a ghost, is available for $35 on the online retailer Shop Halloween.
Some items are sold on the auction site eBay for a premium price.
“I would say you should definitely buy them on the website,” said O’Brian.
“The more you look at the items that are available, the more you can make an educated decision as to what you want to buy.”
There are also many vintage Halloween accessories on sale this weekend, including a pair of vintage cowboy boots for $75, a pair, or even a pair in a set of three.
“They’re really cool, and they’re not too expensive,” said Laurie Buehler, a designer from Toronto.
“It’s really cool that there are so many options.”
She said her company sells an online store that has a full line of vintage Halloween items.
“There are also a lot more vintage items available for purchase,” said Bueller.
“We’re also doing a Halloween party for my friends and co-workers this weekend.”
Some of the Halloween costumes that are being auctioned off are from the 1920s and 1930s, which are vintage costumes that feature characters from that time period.
“Some of the costumes that we’re doing at the party will have some of those characters,” said Lillie Smith, an employee at the costume store.
“So we’ll be showing the original costume from 1920s or 1930s.”
Smith said the costume will be made in Canada, with costumes made from the USA.
“This is something that we wanted to do for our friends back in Canada.
We want to keep it authentic and not just copy and paste the stuff that is out there.”
There’s also a big Halloween party happening at the Edmonton Halloween Festival on Sunday, with more than 30,000 people expected to attend.
“Our biggest concern is people are going to be walking in and out of the mall dressed as characters from the 1930s and 1920s, just like we were,” said Smith.
She said there are a lot less costumes and costumes in the Halloween event than there were in the past, but the popularity of the costume has grown, and it’s still sold out.
“People love the costume, so it’s just a great way to celebrate Halloween,” said she.
“As a designer, I’ve been really happy with how it’s selling out.”