San Luis Obispo, Calif.
- Decades Vintage Clothing and Collectibles in San Luis Obispo offers
seasonal costumes for Halloween, costume parties, or any day eclectic
wear when you want to look stand-out-ish. Decades, 785 Higuera St., San
Luis Obispo, California
shopping in SLO (San Luis Obispo). It's a
college town and as such, nearly every clothing shop plays indie music
that's top notch. So while you're shopping, you aren't distracted by
Beatles' "Get By With a Little Help From My Friends" played as an
instrumental with a xylophone. So maybe that sounds a bit funky and
you'd like it, but the Lawrence Welk-style peppy champagne bubble music
is just too much. It's the programmed musak you find in L.A. stores from
Gap to Sears.
The music is great in
many SLO shops and boutiques, and in addition, theree's an edgy mix of
clothes and other items. We're not talking straight retro or
Halloween themes as seen in the video above. We're talking bright red
ankle socks, yellow heels and a cutesy-kilted skirt. While the window
seems somewhat ordinary from this video showing the Halloween items in
Decades Vintage Clothing, I've been there many times and found some
great items ranging from a vinyl hot pink chair to Elton John glasses.
One-of-a-kind clothes, hats, belts and shoes are just the start of
serious shopping. One wall includes shoes solely (no pun intended). The
store is one of those priceless places you could never replace the
collection of clothes and goods. It would take a few days to dig down in
and see it all. It is just that packed.
Located on the main street of San
Luis Obispo's downtown shopping district, you'll find Decades next door
to Hands, a store than began probably a decade ago and was once situated
down by McClintock's on the perimeter of shops. While SLO has seen a
drastic change in rents and shops within even a year, you'll find more
of the standard female clothing attire entering the downtown region
(mainstream). I really hope the alternate shopping doesn't give way to
sameness that's already available in Ross, The Gap , Sunglass Hut and
Barnes and Noble chain stores in downtown SLO. If it does go that
direction, we might as well shop at Wal-Mart.
Higuera Street on Thursday nights features one of the oldest, hip
Farmer's Markets in California. Locally grown vegetables, berries and
fruits, great musicians and restaurants on the street set up food
stands. Up and down the coast other cities have tried to create their
own versions of this popular event. The best markets are those with
locally grown foods and produce. There's a circuit that many
sellers travel around during the week and at those farmers markets
you'll find the prices often as high as the grocery store, and the
produce not much better. But SLO's event is top notch.