It’s that time of year again — you know what I’m talking about. As Halloween creeps closer by the day, thrift stores like Goodwill® slowly start flooding with wide-eyed newbies, wandering the aisles in packs searching for that perfect costume. It’s like clockwork each year, but understandably so. There’s no better place to go when you’ve got a unique idea (or a really good borrowed one) and you want to make a splash on the cheap.
Because the selection of clothing and accessories is so vast, it’s easy to find what you need. So whether you’re going as Tan Mom, Honey Boo Boo, Clint Eastwood’s chair or Snooki and her baby (lots of dolls available at Goodwill stores, folks!) you’re sure to find what you need.
On my recent trip back to my home state of Missouri, I made a point to check out what the Hannibal Goodwill had to offer up for this year’s crop of ghouls and goblins. It didn’t take long to strike some epic Halloween gold.
My husband and I also found an assortment of Star Wars costumes to pick from for my 5-year-old nephew, whose recently discovered love for the trilogy is sure to make this Halloween a very memorable one for him. And though my husband probably won’t admit it, I think he wishes he’d bought one for himself, too.
And last but not least, the pets in our lives need a little decoration for the holiday. Fortunately, there was even a decent assortment of things to pick from for the pooches, including witches, flowers and capes. I found the perfect banana costume for Quincy, but alas, our baggage was not large enough to accommodate this amazing find. Then again, it’s always easy to just put a second hand tie (American flag tie, anyone?) around their neck and say they’re going as your favorite presidential candidate.
The best part about this busy time of the year for thrift stores is that while people sometimes come to simply discover what great costumes they can put together, it’s also a foot in the door that exposes them to all the other great stuff they can find year round and to how much they can save from the landfills (and in their wallets!). I hope this year’s run on costumes sparks more enthusiasm for buying secondhand, because when you really think about it, we wear “costumes” every day, not just when we beg for candy one night a year!