I've been coming here since I was in high school, and I worked nearby for years so I have alwyas had the pleasure of hunting the sale rack for bargains, and twice I have gotten my party dress for my company's holiday party. The selection is absolutely superb, you really don't get any better than this as far as vintage clothing goes. It's not musty or falling apart, truly gorgeous colors, fabrics, and styles. Good designer selection. For someone like me, being a total vintage fashion addict, coming here is always a treat. The prices are a bit higher than you'd expect but the quality, selection and style reflect that. I've also rented costumes here over the years for Halloween and Ren Faire. Fabulous selection of real theatrical style costumes. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking to dress up for a party!
This is the best destination for those who enjoy vintage clothing or are looking for authentic period rentals. This sweet shop has a huge selection of clothing and accessories from the Victorian to the 1980s periods. While I enjoy purchasing my one-of-a-kind gorgeous items - I specifically collect 1940s and 1950s dresses and suits - they also have a fabulous rental selection and they have a great selection of wigs to complete the look. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable and the whole atmosphere is a fun shopping experience. I stop by on a regular basis because they are always expanding their stock. If you like vintage - or have a friend that does - send them to this store and they will thank you. It is really the best kept secret in Palo Alto.
My wife and I recently attended a costume party on very short notice. The staff (particularly Jeana) at Trappings of Time were friendly and VERY HELPFUL for finding us costumes. Their LARGE SELECTION allowed us to find clothes in our sizes that were appropriate to the time period of the costumes. The costumes looked great and were comfortable to wear for several hours. We felt that the costs of the costumes were reasonable considering the quality of the clothes and the location in Palo Alto.
We recommend that anyone who needs to find a quality costume should visit Trappings of Time!!
I was looking for an entire outfit for the annual Edwardian Ball... after scavenging old vogue stores and thrift shops I finally made it to Trappings of Time. Surprisingly, I walked out with an entire outfit. Sure it was a bit expensive, but well worth it!!! Clothes of the period are hard to find and don't come cheap, rent prices were affordable and the owner was very, VERY helpful in picking out the right style of clothing. Everything at the store is in good condition and you never find yourself going thru piles of useless junk. I have to say I was very pleased with both selection, quality of clothing and the end result. If you ever need a costume that's both accurate to its time and looks good - don't hesitate to visit Trappings of Time.
I went to Trappings of Time on the day of a costume party and was pleased to find a large selection of clothes. Also, the store clerk was very helpful and knowledgeable about the period.
However, the costs were high and they store was very inflexible on return periods. So not only did I spend a lot on the dress but was charged 2X for not returning the next day.
Later I traded notes with a friend who was able to get a costume for half the cost and 4x the rental period at another store. Next time, I will look elsewhere.
PROS: Good selection
CONS: High prices, inflexible rental periods