COLUMBIA — If you’re a fan of cheap, trendy vintage stores with a abundant supply of costume ideas, Columbia has them.
818 E. Broadway, 449-3320
The majority of Maude's inventory right now is from the 1980s and '90s, but the store has a great selection of older items as well.
“We try to make sure that we have things that are really speaking to current trends as well as classic vintage,” shop manager Nikki Pyatt said. “So we try to do a little mix of modern with our vintage.”
Strapped for a last-minute costume idea around Halloween? Give Maude a try. The shop has a large selection of costumes that they rent out year-round.
The store recently started incorporating housewares into its vintage selection.
923 E. Broadway, 875-8440
Walking into Absolute Vintage is like walking into another decade. It has old music playing and colorful, sheer dresses draped on the walls.
Absolute Vintage sells vintage clothing and accessories for men and women.
"I think that we probably have more older items," employee Colleen Blake said. "We like to have '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s."
The one thing that Absolute has over the other vintage stores is its dress and wig selection.
9 N. Ninth St., 449-2001
Tucked away upstairs between two buildings on Ninth Street near the Blue Note, Leo's is a vintage shop that's been in Columbia since the 1970s.
Like Absolute Vintage, Leo's carries an older selection of clothing and accessories. The shop also has more knick-knacks, employee Brennan Rose said.
"We have a lot of silks and Asian-hemed stuff," Rose said. "We also have a lot of hats."
The store also has a large vinyl inventory.