Shopping for a Halloween costume on a budget? Or just can’t fathom spending a lot of cash on something you anticipate wearing only once? With a little time and creativity, you can piece together the perfect costume for less when you shop at some of these budget spots around the Twin Cities.
2928 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tatters Clothing is a hybrid thrift and vintage clothing store packed with fashions predominantly from the 40s through the 80s. You’ll find tons of unique apparel and accessories from leather goods to vintage denim to cowboy boots and more. Tatters gears up in time for Halloween, so stop in and find great Halloween costumes and accessories for less.
Ax-Man Surplus Store
1639 University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
Are you searching for the perfect thingamajig to complete your costume? When all else fails, try Ax-Man. From old military helmets to gas masks and bins full of leather scraps, if you can imagine it, Ax-Man probably has it, no matter how bizarre the item. At Ax-Man, you never know exactly what you’re going to find, but you can rest assured that your purchase won’t break the bank. Ax-Man Surplus Stores are also located in St. Louis Park, Fridley and Crystal.
Unique Thrift Store
4471 Winnetka Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55428
True to its name, Unique has a ton of unique finds for the thrifty shopper. Choose from a large selection of recycled goods, including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; you’re sure to find some great Halloween costume pieces amidst the constantly changing, affordable duds. Fall brings with it a special stocking of cheap Halloween costumes, from superheroes to fairy princesses. Go on a Tuesday for Customer Appreciation Day and get 25-percent off your purchase. Find a store near you in the Twin Cities.
2829 Johnson St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Are you and your crew planning on dressing as the cast from “Mad Men”? Or are you hoping to emulate famous stars from decades past like Audrey Hepburn or Cary Grant? If so, then you’ll need some retro duds to convey your classic stars’ style. Enter Rewind Vintage. Inside Rewind Vintage’s walls, you’ll find a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories at reasonable prices. From elegant dresses to handsome blazers and much more, Rewind has everything you need (in two convenient Twin Cities locations) to complete your Halloween costume.
1587 Selby Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
If your Halloween costume requires clothing from decades past, let Lula be your retro resource. Lula’s storefront is packed with retro clothing, from swinging 60s dresses to 70s polyester leisure suits and much more. Once you’ve found your outfit, don’t overlook the accessories which include a great selection of jewelry, shoes, hats, belts and more.
A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.