Renting Costumes in the
San Francisco Bay Area

East Bay 

North Bay 


San Francisco 

South Bay

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East Bay
Costume Gallery
3535 School Street (at Moraga Road), Lafayette, Tel. 925.283.9149. Town Hall Theatre Costume Dept. $45-100 for a complete adult costume.

Encore Theatrical Supply
5556C Springdale Ave., Best Plaza-Stoneridge, Pleasanton, Tel. 925.463.2140. 
2924 Delta Fair Blvd., Delta Fair Center, Antioch, Tel. 925.706.1598. 
1845 Ygnacio Valley Road, Ygnacio Plaza, Walnut Creek, Tel. 925.932.1001. 
Large selection of small and medium sizes. 1860s ballgowns in women's sizes 16 to 18. 18th century court dress in medium and large sizes. Vintage 1930s to 1940s in small sizes. Tailcoats and frocks in a wide range of sizes. 

J & J's Costume Outlet Shop
4176 Thornton Ave., Fremont, Tel. 510.793.0698. Rents hoops and slips. Makeup, wigs, tights, leotards, shoes.

Lottie Ballou Costumes
940 Tyler Street, Suite 16, Benicia, CA 94510, 707.747.9433.
A full service costume rental shop with quality, theatrical grade costumes from period costumes, Victorian, Edwardian, Renaissance, pirate, colonial, medieval, western, saloon, prairie, 1920s flapper, gangster, Gatsby, up through 1980s Rock Star, plus super heroes and mascot costumes too!

Stagecraft Studios
1854 Alacratz Ave., Berkeley, Tel. 510.653.4424. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Large selection including animals, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, and Edwardian. Most of their costumes are small and medium, but they do have some larger sizes and they will alter costumes. No shoes, but they have hats and corsets.

North Bay
The Belrose
1415 5th Avenue, San Rafael, Tel. 415.454.6422. Costume Dept. of the Marin County Dinner Theatre.

Fantasy Clothing Co.
815 Third Street, San Rafael, Tel. 415.453.7332. Costume rental and sales. Also makeup, hats, and wigs.

Hot Couture
101 3rd St., Santa Rosa, Tel. 707.528.7247. Men's and women's clothing from 1900. Sales and rentals.

The 2nd Go-Round
1527 South Blvd., San Mateo, Tel. 650.341.4530. This is a thrift shop. Call first because the hours it is open are random. Costumes come from donations to the shop which means you might find drek one month and gold the next.

A Classy Affaire
1074 Independence Ave., Mountain View, Tel. 650.364.2059. 
Call for appt. Arabian Nights, Spanish, Gypsy, Egyptian, Indonesian, and Pakistan. All costumes are for sale. Most are authentic pieces from the country and have complete accessories. Costumes for men and women. Many of the outfits will fit larger sizes. 

The Costume Bank
169 State Street (free parking behind building), Los Altos, Tel. 650.941.2610. Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm. Longer hours in October. Call first for exact hours. Large selection from 1750 to 1970. Many of the 20th century costumes are vintage. Women's sizes 6 to 20 (best selection in the 10 to 14 sizes). Men's sizes 42 to 48 with a very good selection of Edwardian suits and men's coats. No children's costumes.

Cynthia’s Costume
1313 Laurel St, Suite 204, San Carlos, CA 94070. Tel. 650.367.5036. By appointment only. Huge inventory of costumes is a source for your next dress-up event.

Mountain View Surplus
1299 El Camino Real, Mountain View, Tel. 650.969.2381. Monday to Saturday (hours vary, call first). Specializes in contemporary military uniforms and accessories. Men's uniforms. Limited selection of women's dress uniforms. 

West Bay Opera
Holt Building, 221 Lambert Street, Palo Alto, Tel. 650.843.3900. Open Fridays 1-4pm and by appt. Medieval, Renaissance, 18th century, and 19th century costumes for men and women. Mostly average sizes. Hats, accessories, and some undergarments available. Very attractive costumes. 

San Francisco
American Conservatory Theatre
San Francisco. Call for appt. Tel. 415.439.2379. Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Rents out all costumes not being used in the current season. ACT can outfit you from the skin out in gorgeous costumes from any period. Rentals are for one week.

Belly Dances Boutique-Magana Baptiste
730 Euclid Ave. (in the Richmond district), San Francisco, Tel. 415.387.6833. Arabic costumes for sale and rent.

Costumes on Haight
735 Haight Street, San Francisco, Tel. 415.621.1356. Costumes and vintage clothing rental and sales including formal wear, jewelry, and accessories.

1058 Hyde St. (at California St.), San Francisco, 415 885 3377. Urban costume and vintage garments, a hypnotic inventory of lingerie, and a full formal wear collection for black or white tie affairs.

House of Magic
2025 Chestnut (near Fillmore - Marina District), San Francisco, Tel. 415.346.2218. Costumes and accessories. Hats, crowns, tiaras, beards, mustaches, wigs, hairpieces, masks, feathers, makeup, glitter. Theatrical books and videos.

Samba Do Coracao Brazilian Extravaganza
Mary Sano Dance Studio, 245 5th St. # 314
(between Folsom & Howard), San Francisco, Tel. 415.826.2588. Carnival and masquerade costumes and feather headpieces. Rental and sales. Email:

The Third Hand Store
1839 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, Tel. 415.567.7332. Vintage evening gowns, 1920s clothing, Victorian to 1950s tuxedos. Men and women. Sales and rental. Closed Sunday.

South Bay
Debbie Lyn's Costumes
822 E Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale, Tel. 408.245.8720 or 800.68costume. 10 am - 6 pm, Monday - Saturday. Extended hours in October. Rentals and sales. Lots of Victorian costumes for Dickens Fair. Please let them know that you are a GBACG member when you call or visit for a 10% discount.

Larry's Theatrical Supply
1687 West San Carlos Ave., San Jose, Tel. 408.279.2668. Monday to Saturday 10am to 5:30pm. Huge selection including Biblical, Greco/Roman, Middle Eastern, Renaissance, 18th century, Victorian, and Edwardian. Women's sizes 5 to 22; men's sizes 36 to 46. Some costumes can be altered for tall men. Hats, hoops, and panniers are included. No bustles, shoes, or corsets. 

Natasha's Attic
427 So. Bascom Ave., San Jose, Tel. 408.286.7368. Renaissance and Edwardian costumes from the San Francisco Opera in women's sizes 7 to 14 and men's sizes 36 to 48. Good selection of Medieval and Victorian costumes for men and women in a wide range of sizes (up to XXL).


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Last update 11/4/05