200 E. Pratt St. (The Gallery, level 4), (410) 244-5029
Last year’s Best of Baltimore Readers Poll winner for Best Drag Queen, Klitorika Browne, introduced us to this glamorous secret. Tucked away (no pun intended) on the top floor of The Gallery, this dollar store is like a Toys “R” Us for queens. We don’t understand who else would be buying dirt-cheap 2-inch fake eyelashes, garish makeup, rainbow-hued colored contact lenses, and last-minute Halloween-store-style wigs. Need accessories? BAM! There are racks and racks of $2 costume jewelry, children’s dress-up tiaras and the like, and even wedding-cake decorations that can double as headpieces. We used to never set foot in the mall because we found it horrifically gaudy and tacky. Everything here, though, is gaudy and tacky in the most delightful sense of the words.