Thrift Stores Celebrate Halloween
Where can you go, any time of year, to find wigs, retro clothing, and accessories for a fraction of retail cost? Thrift stores. Halloween is the best time of year to visit your local thrift shop, which is likely stocked with items you’ll need to make your Halloween lively and fun.
Costumes can be expensive and not everyone has items around the house to put a full look together. Whether you need a full look or just a few items to accessorize items you already have, your local thrift stores are likely a great place to find props, shirts, pants, and even novelty items such bibbed overalls and dresses for square dancing.
If you visited your thrift store earlier in the year and saw nothing costume-worthy, don’t let it scare you away. Many thrift stores set Halloween items aside throughout the year, bringing them out for a special Halloween section in September or early October. Many of these stores will also purchase new items to satisfy the high demand during Halloween season.
Consumers have two choices for Halloween. Bagged Halloween costumes can cost upwards of fifty dollars, especially adult costumes. The clothing sold in these packages are often of questionable quality, built to last one night with seams that are easily strained and material that often won’t hold up through multiple washes. However, this is a great way to put a costume together quickly with minimal effort.
The second choice is to put your creativity to work and fashion a costume from your imagination. In the past, this meant getting out the sewing machine and stitching together a costume from bolts of fabric. Since sewing machines are almost as extinct these days as typewriters, families need a way to put homemade costumes together without great expense. Not only are novelties like poodle skirts and seventies-style prom dresses hard to find, buying individual clothing items at retail prices can easily empty a family bank account. Thrift stores allow families the luxury of wandering aisles, getting ideas and inspiration from the items found there. Some thrift shops even provide staff to help customers put costumes together.
The hefty Halloween season makes up for slow sales during Christmas, a time when retailers generally thrive. While consumers look to save on Halloween costumes, which they’ll likely wear only once, they aren’t so eager to pass secondhand clothing on as gifts. But thrift stores often contain more than secondhand clothing. Seasonal decorations and home décor are usually sold at thrift stores. And thrifty shoppers can find great bargains at thrift stores, even designer brands at a fraction of the price.
But Halloween still reigns supreme at thrift stores. For real bargains, consider visiting thrift shops throughout the year for Halloween costume inspiration. Picking out items throughout the year to put the ideal costume together will help you save the most money possible on your Halloween ensemble. And now that Halloween is over, don’t forget to pack your costume up and take it to your local thrift store to pass your costume on to next year’s shopper.