Do you only rent dresses or do you also sell them?
I usually only rent the outfits but from time to time there I can be convinced to sell a Dirndl set AFTER OKTOBERFEST SEASON (around end of October). Please get in touch with me if you would like to purchase a Dirndl dress and we can discuss all details. Lederhosen are not for sale.
How far in advance should I reach out for a rental?
It would be ideal if you reach out to me 1-2 weeks prior to your event so we can arrange for an appointment in time but of course we will try to get you into a proper outfit on shorter notice as well. Same day rentals are theoretically possible. Please note that I may be out of town or booked sometimes and not always available for an appointment right away.
IMPORTANT: If you know your event date it makes most sense to come by as close to this day as possible as your rental will start at the day of pick up. I cannot 'hold' or 'reserve' specific outfits, the only way to secure your outfit is to start the rental. It is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Is there a store I can visit and take a look at the various choices?
There will be a pop up store in North Vancouver with limited opening hours. We will post all information on the website and facebook as soon as it is available. Please check in again for opening hours and also feel free to reach out to me to confirm if you are unsure.
How and when should I get in touch with you?
You can reach out to mevia email, phone or facebook message. Please allow me some time to get back to you as I may be out of town at the time of your inquiry.
Do you have kids & toddler sizes?
Yes, I have girls & toddler Dirndl dresses and boys & toddler boys Lederhosen as well as a few toddler shirts and cute accessories that also make a really great gift!
What kind of shoes should I wear with the Dirndl?
Though there are special traditional shoes that some Germans wear with their Dirndl, the majority of people I know and see at Oktoberfest in Munich wear ballet flats or similar with their outfits. If you like the heels or boots – go for it and create your own style, that is absolutely fine as well. Just remember that you may be standing and dancing on a slippery wooden bench by the end of the night and those stilettos may become quite dangerous at that point! ;0
Do you have hats?
Yes. Hats are for sale only, no hat rentals. I have grey fun felt hats ($25) as well as more fancy women's hats with feathers in different colours and styles ($35). All new & original items from Munich, Germany!
Do you have shoes, socks, stockings?
No. But my outfits are the original ones so you will look very authentic without any of those accessories.
Can I clean the outfits myself?
Please do NOT clean the outfits yourself and please do not attempt to clean stains out of the outfits yourself as this may damage them even more. The outfits need special care and cleaning is included in the rental fee.
How do I pay for the rental?
Payment is cash only and in advance at the time of the costume pick up. - UPDATE: Credit Card payment option is in the works for the new store location.
Do you give group discounts?
No sorry, no group discounts.
Do you offer long term rentals?
Yes, this is an option. Please get in touch with me directly for conditions and pricing details as these vary depending on the time of the year and the duration of the rental.
What else is there, do you have any other authentic items or useful things and tips for Oktoberfest parties?
My collection of items varies every year - depending on what's new and trendy in Germany (I usually go once a year to scout, party ...see family and friends... and stock up my supplies ;-0)
Currently I have little embroidered Lederhosen shaped wallets, beautiful new hats, necklaces and much more - look out for pictures on my facebook page as well!
Can you help me organize my own Oktoberfest?
Certainly! I know other Germans here in Vancouver that provide excellent products and services around German themed parties & am happy to put you in contact with the right people! Lebkuchenherzen (ginger cookie hearts), Apfestrudel, Brezn/Pretzels, good beer - you name it!
RENTAL POLICY – continued
In the event of loss or non-return, Renter agrees to pay the replacement value of costumes. By law, failure to return rented merchandise is a Criminal Offense. Offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. All merchandise remains the property of the RENTER (Karin Mueller) while in possession of the Renter.
PLEASE NOTE: WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE RENTALS ON COSTUMES BASED ON POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT MAY PLACE THE COSTUME(S) AT RISK OF DAMAGE OR LOSS.
We require a photo I.D. in the form of drivers license or B.C. I.D. – with the current address listed, or a security deposit in the form of cash if according I.D. is not available.