I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!
I try each year to buy as little a possible for Halloween. I often buy their costumes the year before or I pick up costumes at goodwill and place them in their dress up box. Then I began to get even smarted.
How about buying items that you can use later in the year? I sent my son to school today in the fireman raincoat I bought this year. This is his actual raincoat so it serves two purposes. Then we just used his rainboots. Voila, fireman. We made him a badge and grabbed his hat from the dress up bin. I believe I bought the raincoat for $8.00 at a consignment shop. I sent my daughter to school in a black and yellow “bee dress” I bought for $2.00. I didn’t have wings so I grabbed a tiara. She is now the queen bee and I spent $2.00. We dressed up as a family as the peanuts gang this year for the big birthday halloween bash. I bought my dress for $4 (I am Lucy) and Margeaux’s (is Sally) for $12.00. We can both wear our dresses again.
There are tons of clever and creative costumes that can be made for little to no out of pocket spending. I also suggest using what you have. My son loves to find the old camo shirt and hat I have from college when we dressed up as a soldiers and wear those. If you are still without a costume ask friends. We often trade costumes or just share for the day. It is always fun to pull something together be creative. The best costume I have seen is a statue. They just stood still. I wonder if I could convince my kids to do that? Well, maybe next year.
How do you reuse items from your costume to maxiumize your spending?