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Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Kustom Culture Lifestyles

Retro Kitten Apparel is lucky enough to be based in Pismo Beach, California, one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful vacation spots and home of The Classic Annual Car Show. Since the early 1980’s, Just Cruzin’ Productions presents one of California’s largest, most reputable, car shows in the nation – The Classic. This 3-day event is traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, but it’s more than just a great day for dad with hundreds of vendors, local shopping, wineries, and, of course, the beach! Families come from all over to see over 1,000 Hot Rods and Show Cars. With spectator’s reaching approximately 175,000 parking is limited, but the event is always a hit.


For Retro Kitten Apparel (RKA), The Classic is a week of entertainment watching the coolest cars rolling into town, and the most unique, vintage-themed characters who drive them. Being located just 4 blocks from the beach, we bring out the lawn chairs during twilight and enjoy the atmosphere of the Kustom Kulture lifestyle. RKA cater’s to these subculture connoisseurs who live for car shows and add a sense of nostalgia mixed with cartoonish horror to the event. Hot Rod’s and Pin-up girls go hand in hand in the Kustom Kulture lifestyle, a term coined in Southern California in the 1960’s by the people who built custom cars and motorcycles to describe artwork, vehicles, fashion, and hairstyles during the 1950’s.


In the 1950’s and 60’s, the scene greatly consisted of Greasers, Drag Racers, Skinheads, and Mods. These cats were visionaries, they were cool, and there was so much room for experimentation. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is held in high regard as a pioneer in the Kustom Culture lifestyle. As one of the hot rod custom originators, Ed Roth was a custom car builder, pinstriper, artist, and cartoonist, and he is probably best known for inventing the hot-rod icon Rat Fink. Rat Fink was the anti-hero answer to Mickey Mouse with a big bulging belly, bloodshot eyes, and big yellow teeth. His character soon became the symbol of the Hot Rod and Kustom Kulture scene during the 50’s and 60’s.


Out of the 70’s, came Lowriders and Punks Rockers. As fashion and music evolved so did the cars becoming extremely inventive, and colorful. People who most likely would never walk side by side to gather together in the street were coming together with one common goal – cars! Rockabillys, Metaler’s and Scooterboys emerged in the 80’s, and sub-genres like Psychobillys came on the scene in the 90’s. All groups and subgroups contributed, customizing the lifestyle through art, music, movies, fashion, and, of course, cars.


Retro Kitten Apparel invites you to come on over to our second-hand store, and browse our wide array of Kustom Kulture clothing for the next big car show or event you are planning to attend. We have everything you need to get dressed up for such a special occasion for pennies on the dollar! Quality, hand-picked garments for your whole family. We are available 24/7 online at



Where to buy cheap Pinup Clothing

Where to buy cheap Pinup Clothing

Calling all Pin-up Girls, Alternative Lifestylists, & Kustom Kulture enthusiasts! If you absolutely adore Pinup, Rockabilly, Psychobilly, Punk, & Retro Vintage clothing, accessories, & house décor like I do, and you are looking for the best place to buy cheap (we’re talking inexpensive) authentic & reproduction clothes then you really have to check out our online second-hand store Retro Kitten Apparel!

We carry everything alternative and specialize in timeless Pinup fashion. Pinup girls gave way to style galore! Everything from Retro Sheik, Vintage Vixens, Rockabilly & Psychobilly Babes, Hipsters, and Yes, Business Women worldwide! Pinup clothing hugs a girl in a warm embrace enhancing just the right curves for every woman’s figure. A delicious silhouette fantasy if I may. You don’t have to be pinned down to any one trend to wear “Pinup” clothing, and you certainly don’t have to be any one body type. Every girl can flaunt her best asset in this ever so stylish dress. From the classical “Girl Next Door” to the “Daring Diva” every gal can get away with demure whether sensibly or sassy you’ve got it and you know it! We just can’t get enough! Every dart, taper, and fold will form around your body, yep, your’s too, giving you a pocket full of sunshine.

Our owner Lindsay Dominguez has an amazing eye for thrifting, and she should as she has been perfecting what she calls this “Lifestyle” since she was a kid. This store, recently named  the #1 online Second-Hand store in Arroyo Grande, Ca., Retro Kitten Apparel was built with blood, sweat, & tears. She created Retro Kitten Apparel to be the coolest, most unique online thrift shop in existence. A high-end, yet affordable boutique where you can buy an entire Pinup, Rockabilly, or Punk Rock outfit for than $50, and that includes all the necessary accessories including shoes. This store has it all! Complete with Vintage purses, Pinup 40’s peep-toe high heels, or creepers shoes from the 80’s, Psychobilly faux fur leopard shrugs & black leather jackets, studded belts, Punk Rock band patches. Lest we not forget that classic old Hollywood pearl necklace and matching pearl and diamond clip-on earrings from 1950! Retro Kitten Apparel has everything you need to put together the perfect Pin-up Couture or Rockabilly outfit for any occasion. We’ve had all the greatest Pin-up, Rockabilly, and Punk brands come through the store as well as authentic Vintage garments all at super low prices. I know how expensive it is paying retail with just one item costing $100, and you can get it all here so cheap. Did you know that Vintage clothing is actually considered to be an asset? That appreciates! It sure is. So maybe you wonder why it’s so cheap to buy it at Retro Kitten Apparel. Well here’s Lindsay’s story…

“I’ve dreamed of owning a store like this since I was twelve years old. I spent many a day browsing the rack’s of AmVet’s, Goodwill, & Salvation Army always coming up for air with my arms loaded full of fabulous finds that I could cut here and sew this on that. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that donation centers such as those actually meant something more than that to me, but Man that changed everything! Reduce, Re-use, Recycle ’cause this old planet might be begging us to. I wanted to make a difference and yet I needed to make cold hard cash so it wasn’t ’til about a decade later that I remembered this super cool Rock-n-Roll store I was enamored with so long ago called Valentino’s in Fresno’s (California) Tower District. That’s where all the Punks got their shoes when I was a kid, and if I was lucky I might get a band tee. In fact, I got my first two band tees from Valentino’s – G.B.H. and The Exploited, and not too very much longer The Cramps infamous yellow tee with the big faced creep, which was my favorite. I wonder who that guy was, cause it sure was Lux!…or maybe it was. Anyway, they had brand new Punk Rock clothes and shoes on one side and really old used clothes on the other. Vintage clothing you know, but I couldn’t appreciate it yet. Not ’til now, because you can buy Punk clothes everywhere now, and you couldn’t back then unless you lived in New York – not Fresno. I loved that store [Valentino’s], and this really neat couple owned it. I will never forget them. They were like Lux Interior and Poison Ivy from the Cramps. So cool! In fact, they are still there today! I wanted that store, that life, and, as fate would have it, I got a little bit of everything. I created this wonderful store where everything is second hand, whether it’s new with tags, or lightly worn and loved, and it all falls into a spicy little niche I like to call alternative. See, my husband passed away in 2007 and I’d lived a lifetime at 33 years old, so wise I was, too wise, sad eyes, and I was staring at our little one wondering how was I going to leave her one more day for 9 hours slaving away for “The Man” when a little ad scrolled across my computer that said, “Own your own small business today”. My thoughts raced as images of Valentino’s, thrift shops, goodwill and charity, punks kids on the streets, people lost, the economy broken by war for I still don’t know what and this world was dying, I was dying and then it came to me. Everything was silent. It was midnight and I owned my own small business today and I called it Gypsies Do It Better – well now I call it Retro Kitten Apparel.”.

She has worked hard burning the candle at both ends to make sure Retro Kitten Apparel is also the easiest online thrift shop to navigate through with simple sections laid out in each category listed down the side of the web store on every page so you can jump around adding this and that to your virtual shopping cart. Everything is clearly listed in its own category like Wiggle & Swing Dresses, Vintage & Rockabilly Shoes & Heels, Jackets: Pea Coats, Faux Furs, Cardigans, & Leather; our Separates section lists Pencil & Swing Skirts, Tops, Capri & Cigarette Pants & Shorts; and you must check out our Accessories for a true Retro look. Those gals new how to accessorize. We have Purses, Belts, Gloves, Driver Hats & Caps, Jewelry, etc. Our online store is put together with the customer in mind. Our categories are very simple with everything listed within just one click. It’s super easy! You can just browse, or look up a specific item in our in-store search engine. Just type in key words like Wiggle Dress, or Dr. Martens and all items fitting your description will become available to you on one page saving your valuable time!

We also have a wide array of authentic Vintage and Bettie Page style Pin-up Lingerie. Each garment is hand-picked and inspected for quality. We proudly offer some of the finest undergarments still available. Are you scheduled for an important photo-shoot? Maybe you want to put together a portfolio, or surprise that lucky guy in your life? Valentine’s Day is a hit here.

Here’s the cherry on the cake…we also have a Clearance section! That’s right, our merchandise gets even cheaper when it’s sent to our clearance section to make room for newer goodies because we add fresh clothing daily.

 Retro Kitten Apparel is your one-stop Pin-up, Rockabilly Second-Hand Shop!

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