Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 | 2 a.m.
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Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably starting costume preparations early. For a truly memorable DIY option, hit your local thrift store to seek out affordable, eco-friendly ensembles destined to win the costume contest. Here are ideas for a one-of-a-kind spooky-fit.
How to thrift the perfect costume
1. Don’t procrastinate
We recommend starting your costume hunt in September or early October to ensure enough time to find the right pieces and avoid picked over stores.
Didn’t get to it early? Fortunately, thrift stores are a treasure trove for last-minute ideas. Dive in with an open mind and be willing to shift ideas based on what you find.
2. Don’t be afraid to sew, alter or dye
Part of what makes DIY costumes so fun is the willingness to create. Use the clothes you find thrifting as a guide,
but remember that anything can be altered. Cut the sleeves, belt the waist, dye it a different color entirely—whatever it is, it can likely be altered to suit your needs, so keep an eye out for garments that just need a little tweaking.
3. Shop around
Check out a few different thrift stores to see what you can find. You can also shop some thrift stores online. Check out ShopGoodwill.com if you’re looking for something specific. You can search by keyword, price, location and more.
4. Looks for donated costumes
Often, you can find pre-worn costumes at a fraction of the price as in store. Even if you’re DIYing, check what’s in the costume pack for harder-to-find accessories like wigs or emblems.
Don’t forget to donate your costumes when you’re done to give them a second life!