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Picking through racks of red velvet bell-bottoms and tablecloth-patterned ponchos is better suited to Halloween than everyday.

Carousel Vintage & Contemporary Fashion sits safely outside costume territory.

Over the years, founder Sara Ponsoll has squatted in the basement of Antiquarian’s Delight or parked her rack of clothes on South Street. Finally, she has a place to call her own — with regular hours.

Stash belongings in dainty mesh bags that date back to the early 1900s and tooled leather purses that would make Carly Simon jealous. Fall days call for a leopard jacket or green shag coat.

Then there’s the jewelry: Ponsoll amasses costume baubles with a collector’s eye (ask her to fill you in on the history of each piece). Pick out something by Valentino or a plastic ’80s charm necklace.

Nothing scary about that.

Carousel Vintage & Contemporary Fashion, 234 Arch Street (shopcarouselfashion@gmail.com or facebook.com), $5-$1,200.

Photo: Courtesy of Carousel Vintage & Contemporary Fashion

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234 Arch St
@ N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106