Shirley’s Hardware gets out of the Halloween business

Shirley's Hardware is getting out of the Halloween costume business. — Photo by Michael Cummo

The sale of Halloween costumes and associated merchandise will be a thing of the past at Shirley’s Hardware on State Road in Vineyard Haven. Based on disappointing sales last year, Shirley’s owner Jesse Steere did not order any new inventory this time around. Instead, the leftover merchandise is currently on sale at 50 percent off, store employee Ben Elliott told The Times in a phone call Tuesday.

“People are ordering from Amazon and other Internet sites, or shopping at Walmart and discount stores off-Island,” Mr. Elliott said of Shirley’s demise as a go-to place for trick-or-treaters.

However, with Halloween six weeks away, Shirley’s preholiday sale may scare up some buy-local business. “Although it’s left over from last year, it’s all good stuff, in the original packaging,” Mr. Elliott said.