One year, I decided I wanted to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween. I had blonde hair at the time, and knew I was going to be dying it back to my original colour soon, so I really wanted to do a blonde-person costume (not that it really matters tbh, that’s just how I felt at the time). I went to the thrift store, and I found a blue dress, and a white apron. I already had the black shoes and a hairband I could use that worked really well, so I used those! At the party I went to, there were two other Alice in Wonderland’s there. Both were wearing the exact same costume that you can find at the Halloween store. I watched as they gave each other the stink eye because the other had “copied” their costume. The great thing about getting your costume from the thrift store is that even if there is another version of your costume idea at the party you’re going to, it’s not going to be EXACTLY the same costume. Your Alice in Wonderland is going to be different from the other persons Alice in Wonderland because no two thrift store costumes are exactly alike! It’s wonderful.
Let’s say you have no idea what you want to be for Halloween. Go to a thrift store, and you’ll probably find some thing great you can do! Having endless possibilities of different clothes makes it so much easier for you to find something to be that you never would have thought of on your own. For example, one year I had no idea what I wanted to be.. I found a really interesting spandex dance type costume and went as a figure skater! No one else had that costume.
- Money goes to a good cause
Generally speaking, thrift stores support charities. My favourite ones in the city are the Nearly New Shop, which supports the Children Hospital, and MCC which is run by the Mennonite Central Committee, and they do a lot of different work throughout the country and the world. Definitely look into where your money is going though, because some have policies that you might not agree with, or they could be owned by Wal-Mart, like Value Village is.
- You can reuse the pieces in your regular wardrobe
Depending on what you get, you might be able to wear parts of the costume in your regular day-to-day life. For example, the blue dress I got to be Alice in Wonderland was actually pretty cute, and I wore it pretty often for a little while. You never know!
Most thrift stores have really good prices, so you’re not going to spend a whole lot of money on your costume. Whereas, if you buy a pre-packaged costume, those generally set you back around $50-80, depending one what you’re looking for. Buying costumes at a thrift store, I’ve never spent more than $20 on a costume. Usually, I spend about $10 or less. It’s pretty great!
Where do you like to shop for your Halloween costumes?