by Jerry Tamblyn
from the Costume Shop Mysteries
by Diane Vallere
I’m Jerry Tamblyn, part owner of Disguise DeLimit, Proper City’s number one costume shop. I started working here in my teens—sweeping the floors, organizing the stockroom, unpacking new shipments—but bought it out from the owners when they decided it was time to retire. I married the love of my life and we made the shop our own. When she got pregnant, I thought my life was just about perfect.
Funny how life can change in an instant. My wife died in childbirth, turning me from a business-owner into a single father with no clue how to raise a girl overnight. The only thing I did know how to do was run the costume shop
But as a father, I couldn’t in good faith expect her to work at Disguise DeLimit her whole life. I wanted her to experience the world in a way I hadn’t. The store must have been as much a part of her as it was a part of me, because even after traveling Europe for awhile and then living in Las Vegas (forty miles west of Proper) for ten years, she moved back home when I had my heart attack. Now she’s running the store. And for the first time in my life, I’m out on the road scoping out costumes that I find through Craigslist and Cosplay forums. I find the best stuff when I'm on the road (and meet interesting people too). I recently bought out a special effects artist's collection in Burbank, California, and there’s an artist in Austin, Texas who’s been papier mâchéing himself a full-head mask for Halloween for the past ten years. He sold them to me because he needed room in his garage!
I hope Margo is as happy with our current arrangement as I am. I'm more proud of her than she could ever know. Disguise DeLimit’s inventory is at an all-time unique level and it’s going to be a heck of a Halloween season! Assuming there are no unexpected surprises in our future…
October 4: Margo Tamblyn is back managing her first solo Halloween Season at Disguise DeLimit! Comment below with your own favorite Halloween costume and enter to win an early copy of MASKING FOR TROUBLE!