Here’s the next in a series Ashvegas launched with the Mountain Oasis Music Summit and the guys from iwebxpert, a local web design company. The series is targeting folks planning to come to Asheville for Mountain Oasis. The idea is to help the them “live like a local” while they’re here.
Ashvegas to Mountain Oasis fans: Live Like a Local and shop thrift stores for costumes/accessories
We all know that Mountain Oasis, falling as it does at the end of the month, is going to be prime time for people who love to get gussied up, whether it be in honor of Halloween, or just for music festival fun. Here’s a quick list of local independent shops in Asheville where you can find some cool additions to your wardrobe.
-Honeypot: I freaking love what Sara Legatsky has going on at Honeypot. Excellent finds in terms of choice vintage items. Check out the video to get an idea of the men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hats, jackets, accessories and more that Sara has for sale. She’s been in downtown now for more than a decade, and her shop rocks. Check it.
-The Costume Shoppe: This shop on Lexington Avenue is loaded with great costumes and accessories. Susan, the owner, is a local theater veteran who is always eager to help customers find exactly what they need. And why not? She’s been helping Asheville play dress-up for 30 years. It’s a must-visit.
-Twice Round: My favorite thrift shop in West Asheville, this Haywood Road shop always seems to have something I need. Give these guys a holla.
-Reciprocity: This Haywood Road thrift shop in West Asheville is just for the ladies. It’s run by sisters Tony and Stewart, who hand pick everything they sell. Quality stuff here.
-Madame Butterfly: Madame Butterfly at the northern end of Lexington Avenue is a veritable warehouse of vintage and thrift clothing. Shoppers can literally get lost in the sprawling selection here. With an amazing array, it is simply a must-stop for any last-minute costume needs.
-Ragtime Vintage Clothing: Ragtime is just off the beaten path on Walnut Street and can often be overlooked, but this shop has a killer selection of thrift finds. Check them out.
-Hip Replacements: The store bills itself as a vintage inspired clothing boutique, and that’s right on. Great finds for your stylish festival needs, right in the mix on Lexington Avenue.
-Vintage Moon: Vintage Moon on Lexington Avenue remodeled not long ago and moved into some vintage furniture items, as well as vintage clothing. Sadly, they stopped carrying men’s clothing. But ladies can find some great items, including unique designs by owner Gigi Renee.
-Union: The fine folks at Union are selling new men’s and women’s wear that is stylish, a little hipster and not exactly cheap. But I respect their offerings, and the fact that they were established long before Urban Outfitters opened up right across the street.
-Goodwills and Salvation Army: You can find these shops all over town. Yes, they have decent, cheap clothes, but if you’re looking for something special, you’ll find that these places have been picked over pretty hard. Still, if you’re desperate, give ’em a try.
Madame Butterfly has closed shop, but is now available for sale online on Etsy and Ebay.
Second Gear both downtown and in West Asheville if it is chilly, raining, or… snowing?
For accessories, I like Makeup (fangs, beautiful feather masks, theatrical and effects makeup) and Kim’s Wigs.
Don’t forget about The Downtown Market!