Featured businesses: Trove costume rental/Darksilver studios

At LadyFaire Living, we want to celebrate and support female-led businesses that are outside the gates of the festivals. We hope to appeal to our readers’ sense of style and moxie! This month, two seasonal businesses that might inspire and equip you to create the perfect Halloween costume and decor and as an added bonus, they’re environmentally friendly!

Trove Costume Rental

Trove’s humble beginnings start in a wardrobe.

Founder and CEO Kelly Carnes had a closet full of costumes that was the result of her lifetime love affair with dressing up. Her gateway cosplay was a Poison Ivy costume, and once she donned that massive red wig, she knew she could never go back to a casual relationship with costumes. She was hooked and began building her collection over a decade of Renaissance Fairs, DragonCon and of course, Halloween. According to the HalloQueen herself, “Halloween is not a day, it’s not a season, it’s a lifestyle.”

Her well-known costume habit began to take over her living space as well as her life. Every weekend, friends wanted to borrow her high-quality costumes for themed events and Kelly spent more and more time curating elaborate costume-looks to the point where she wondered if this was something she could do professionally, to make up for the time she was spending on it. Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life, right?

She floated the idea past some of her cosplaying conspirators: “Do you think I could create a website for renting out my costumes to my friends so I can make this into a business?”

“Hell yes! And can we please post our costumes on it too? We’d also like to earn money off of the awesome costumes we have invested in, but wear so infrequently. Plus, that will give your clients more sizes and characters to choose from!”

Tada! Trove was born.

Trove is a peer-to-peer costume rental community. We provide access to high-quality costume goods for less money and empower you to make money by renting your cool costume stock to others. To keep exchanges secure, we offer a layer of third party accountability so you can focus on looking awesome, making memories and enjoying your costumed experiences. 

 CEO and Founder – Kelly Carnes, calls herself a “recovering publicist.” She spent 12 years doing public relations for the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center, before opening her own boutique consulting firm in 2017, Carnes&Co. She lives in Cheverly, MD with her nerdy husband, two dogs, and a spooky black cat named Binx; she lives for throwing elaborately-themed parties. She looks forward all year to dressing up for the Renaissance Fair, DragonCon, and of course, Halloween. She is proud to support other women-owned and diverse businesses as Trove grows.  

Darksilver Studios

Darksilver Studios was created by artist Sherry Rozas after being inspired by an article about crafty, creative, and creepy makeovers of thriftstore purchased figurines. Spurred on by her love of all things horror and Halloween, she set out to improve upon the techniques she’d learned by making over her first piece, an angel transformed into a skeletal angel of death. Realizing she had a real knack and love for this craft, Darksilver Studios, named after her first and most beloved cat, was born. Darksilver Studios can be found on FaceBook and on Creepy Crafters at https://creepycrafters.com/vendors/darksilver-studios-store/Shop – CREEPY CRAFTERScreepycrafters.com

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