Halloween shoppers scramble for costumes delayed by supply chain crisis – NBC 7 San Diego


The Pacific Southwest Better Business Bureau is telling vacation buyers to start early due to tightened supply chains and inflation resulting in fewer vacation deals and higher than normal prices.

The supply chain issue is impacting all kinds of businesses across the country and in San Diego County, including shoppers looking for Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos items.

“Some of the things that are really popular right now won’t be shipping until November 10th.e well Halloween is over by then, “said Belle Martin.” Even Amazon, which is usually on the cusp, they’re struggling. “

Martin, artistic director of Flavor Company Dance Entertainment, said she has several performances of Dia De Los Muertos coming up and is looking for certain hairspray and makeup that have been sustained by the disruption in the supply chain.

Gypsy Treasure makes many of their costumes and makes them on site. Dressmaker and employee Kira Conrad said she rents most of her outfits, which keeps her inventory in stock, but not everything is readily available.

“I know we ordered costumes for Halloween and never received them,” Conrad said with a chuckle. “These are the types of problems that we even have as a costume store out there.”

The La Mesa gem has been around since the late ’70s, but they closed when the matriarch retired and in April it was relaunched by her son inside the Grossmont Mall.

“We have a lot of people who just couldn’t get their costumes on time. I asked a lady to buy an entire viking outfit because her costume was not going to be here and he been delayed in shipping, stranded or whatever, ”Conrad said.

Despite the challenges, there is a lot of passion from customers and staff alike noting how some of these upcoming vacations have a deeper meaning – this Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos don’t have the same COVID cloud. -19 sinister hovering above him. Last year.

“We’re so happy to be back, you know how to do what we love to do and bring people back to their youth,” Conrad said.

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