halloween “costumes”

Do you kittens remember that store that I supposedly opened up a couple months ago? You wouldn’t know it if you only ONLY follow me on this poor blog that’s on life support, but let’s be honest, you stalk me on all the hot social media spots. I see you lurking.. mostly because I’m right there in the bushes along with you, silently clicking through feeds and posts like a great white. Until I find one I like.. and STRIKE! ..With a witty comment or ‘like.’ So basically I’m like a shark sans multiple rows of teeth, instead relying on puny fingers to dispense my will. A shark that is also able to hide in bushes?

Well, that got weird quick.

The store! That’s right, I am indeed still one of the triumvirate behind Market Supply Co and with one of my favorite holidays fast approaching [literally, you can see the dust and feel the vibrations, like it's about to run you over any second and why the hell are you still on the tracks?!] I put the fuzzy white stuff between my ears to use.  As an eco stylist, one facet of my job is helping folks build green wardrobes and one of those outlets I direct them toward is vintage attire and accessories. In modern day fashion, you can’t toss a penny without hitting something vintage inspired, but I always stress buying the real deal over an imposter. Not only do you purchase a quality, one of a kind item that sets you apart from the other clones, but you know it’s going to last since in most cases it’s already lead one life and came out the other side smelling like roses. With that knowledge in my wheelhouse, I came up with the idea to show how iconic characters could be created using items from our shop, BUT then also showing how those same items could be reinterpreted in a modern way, allowing them to slip seamlessly into your wardrobe. I also detest chintzy halloween garb that barely makes it through the night without literally disintegrating and wanted to show how you don’t need to waste money on Halloween. And no, buying surplus candy that you know won’t get passed out to the little devils in devil costumes isn’t wasting money either. It’s just smart.

Check out the ‘costumes’ we pulled together matched with the modern versions below, then check out the full gallery on the Market Supply Co Facebook page  and don’t forget to swing by the shop [1747 S Halsted St, Chicago IL] to snag pieces for the 31st and beyond, AND FINALLY: Come show off those costumes at our Haunted Hallows Eve party! We’ll have dismembered appendages to munch on, blood to sip AND a costume contest with a gift card prize to the shop! Check out the details here, then bring all your friends Thursday night. Literally, ALL of them.


Made a mess in the kitchen carving that pumpkin? Good thing the Brawny Man is close by.. and when he’s off duty, his clothes still pull double duty.

[On Mike: 70s Wool Pendeleton Shirt, Vintage Belt // Model and Styling: Mike Ader // Photography: Merl Kinzie]


Bonnie and Clyde peer out from the doorway to check if their escape route is clear.. the modern version requires less skulking, same great style.

[Models: Karyn Dethrow & Mike Ader // Styling: [left] Karyn & Mike [right] Merl Kinzie & Mike // Photography: Merl Kinzie]


Before stepping onto dance floor for the first Charleston of the night, Betty does a little shake to make sure her fringe is shimmy ready.. and shimmy it does, all the way to brunch the next morning!

[Model: Karyn Dethrow // Styling: [left] Karyn Dethrow [right] Merl Kinzie // Photography: Merl Kinzie


Summer loving, happened so fast.. But lasted into fall.

[Models: Karyn Dethrow & Mike Ader // Styling: [left] Karyn & Mike [right] Mike & Merl // Photography: Merl Kinzie]


Peace, love and one easily reinterpreted dress.

[Model: Karyn Dethrow // Styling: [left] Karyn [right] Merl // Photography: Merl Kinzie



[Model: Karyn Dethrow // Styling: [left] Karyn [right] Merl // Photography: Merl Kinzie]sailor

High seas.. or high streets appropriate.

[Model & Styling: Mike Ader // Photography: Merl Kinzie]


  • http://babesinthriftland.blogspot.com Babes in Thriftland

    I loved your store when I was visiting Chicago. I took some pictures of the dress I got. I’ll show you when I post them!

  • Anonymouse

    What a GREAT feature, Merl! I love this and it really does make such a huge LIFE difference once you know how to work with what you’ve got… if you will. Also, these two humans are very easy on the eyes.

    Wish I couldda partied with ya, sista.

    -H. Ambulance