(Filed Under wholesale Costume News). In our continuing series of retailer interviews about Halloween 2013, Audrey McRorry of Marsha’s Menagerie spoke with BODY’s associate publisher Ted Vayos.
VAYOS: How was your Halloween in 2013?
MCRORRY: My Halloween was decent about the same as last year. It was a big difference from previous years. We’ve gone down about 20%. The main reason is the economy, pop up stores and the internet. We are a costume and vintage clothing store.
VAYOS: How did sexy costumes do this year?
MCRORRY: I used to buy a lot of sexy costumes but I’ve tried to back off of it. Everyone is carrying them these days. These large chains of pop up stores can sell them cheaper than our mom and pop store. This year the trend shifted back towards traditional Halloween. Devils and Vampires were very big for us. I was able to sell old stock that’s been here for years, the interest in these costumes had gone away, it was not popular for a while but, now its popular again so that’s what we were selling. We sold a lot of old sexy costumes that we had on clearance. Even if they were damaged at a $19.99 price points they still did very well for us. Zombies were big this season people would buy old stock or damaged goods and tear it up more.
VAYOS: Who was your key suppliers this season for sexy costumes?
MCRORRY: Dreamgirl was our best selling sexy costume brand. I kept a running track on both Dreamgirl and Leg Avenue. Dreamgirl is number one and Leg Avenue is close number two. We also bought Music Legs and Elegant Moments both did well for us. I mainly use Leg Avenue and Music Legs for hosiery. The Dreamgirl sexy devil called, “Hell With That” sold out and their new flappers did very well for us. We got 7 different styles and they are all really, really pretty. One of them sold completely out. The Leg Avenue catsuits, cougar and pirates did well for us. We also buy from Rubie’s, but its hit and miss with them. I try to only buy their Secret Wishes line. We also do well with their super heroes. We did the new Star Wars female costumes this year. We even wore them on Saturday in the store. The Storm trooper is gone. They were cute and comfortable.
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