Quaint, Quirky & Retro
By Valerie Gonzalez-Vega
October always brings with it all kinds of Halloween fun, from kid-friendly to adult-only options. And if you’re anything like me, you look forward to any opportunity to wear a costume. With so many big-name stores in town, it’s easy to overlook the lesser-known shops.
Retro Exchanges’ quaint but quirky storefront in downtown San Marcos is beloved by vintage-aficionados’ for its plethora of unique apparel year-round. Like many of the great things about San Marcos, it is a local family business. Owned by Mona Yarovinsky, the shop is run by sisters and local San Martians Melissa Huerta and Raquel Yarovinsky-Lee. Clothing items and accessories are bought, sold and traded. You can drop off or browse around while they look through your past favorites. Once buy is complete, you have the option for store credit or cash!
In particular, as your costume ideas come to life, spook up your options with style at Retro Exchange. On our locals this month, hilarious favorites like the lost tourist and crazy sport heads, along with modern oldies, like the Great Gatsby’s darling Daisy Buchanan and acid-rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
You can up the Halloween ante with all kinds of killer threads but no matter the season, Retro Exchange is worth a visit, though it does complement this holiday quite nicely!
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Valerie Gonzalez-Vega is an interior + wardrobe consultant, freelance content contributor, and social media + visual specialist. You can follow her sense of fun on College Fashionista.