Austin— Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds is a costume shop that does their part to keep Austin weird. The shop’s enormous costume collection includes shoes, accessories, authentic vintage clothing, and masks to name a few. They outfit and rent throughout the year, keeping people prepared for themed parties, plays, conventions, and more.
“There’s so much to see in here. I don’t even know where to look,” said customer, Kate Reynolds.
“Feels very niche,” explained customer, Michael Wharton
“We came in here, and I was in awe,” admitted another customer, Priscilla Tate.
“We will make dreams come true here for sure,” said Jerry Durham, an expert on this crazy costume shop that he has worked for since 2009.
The name of the shop is a tribute to the fab four and a furry friend of the founder.
“It’s definitely a parody of the Beatles song, but she did have a dog named Lucy,” said Jerry.
Ringo, Paul, George and John costumes are just a few of the ones found at this massive costume store that can outfit whatever wacky ensemble imagined.
“We easily have over 10,000 pieces in the store. And that would be kind of ignoring the jewelry department,” commented Jerry.
From space cowboys to superheroes, to vintage clothing and accessories, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds has been granting costume and wardrobe wishes since April 1st of 1984. It may be the most eclectic costume store in the Lone Star State and customers are always surprised at what they find.
“Things you wouldn’t even expect. And it’s really cool,” said Priscilla.
“That rhinestone cowboy outfit right there is pretty sweet,” commented Michael, “I don’t know if I’d wear it, but I like the bottom.”
“I think what’s great about this store though, just keeps you looking around,” explained Kate.
“One of my favorite sections of the store…is where we’ve got, of course the latex mask wall, but all of our makeup, our wigs, masquerade masks, props, weapons, all of that good stuff…” said Jerry.
The outlandish number of options is for good reason, one never knows what to expect when it comes to a far out festivity in this town.
“The themes get weird. There’ll be a space cowboys theme in the middle of April that we’re like, yeah, we have astronauts and Western wear, so let’s do this,” said Jerry.
“I won’t have a problem finding something, I know,” customer, Priscilla, confirmed.
There’s even a room full of shoes that will help complete your ensemble.
“We, of course, have gogo boots in every color imaginable,” said Jerry. “Sometimes we get a tourist who just needs to rent a pair of cowboy boots while they’re in Austin. So we try to carry those for them.”
To finish off the details of your disguise there is a whole wall filled with fabulous accessories—just plan to be perusing for a while.
“No one is used to shopping for earrings like this. It always makes me laugh because somebody will come in and just stare at this wall and say, ‘Can I see the red ones?’ Can you narrow that down? Do you want to see the cherries? Do you want to see the lips? The gumball machines? Which earrings do you want to see?” Jerry said.
“Everybody needs to come here at least once just to walk through and see what they do have,” continued Priscilla, “It’s really got a lot of fun stuff.”
“Kind of makes me proud to live in Austin, because you have little tidbits like this [store] that are scattered around the city that you’re pretty confident don’t exist anywhere else,” explained Michael.
“There is no other place like us anywhere in the US, and especially in Texas,” claimed Jerry, “but here we are, right in the center of it.”