It’s Halloween shopping time!
I’m proud to say I’ve now got my kids’ Halloween costume shopping done. For any of you who still have shopping to do, I recommend going to SAVERS thrift store first! If you haven’t shopped there before, you might be surprised by how much you can get there.
I took the kids to the Halloween section to pick out costumes and we were overwhelmed by all the different choices. The section was several rows in size, and had pretty much everything you can think of, from costumes to trick or treat pumpkins (for putting candy in) to decorations. What I liked was that you can buy either new or used costumes, or create your own using a combination of new and used clothing and accessories in the store.
Thrift Store Shopping Halloween Style!
They had two staff members (dressed up, of course!) ready to help people with all their Halloween shopping needs. I talked to Melissa who was very helpful and shared that often, people come in either with a vague idea or no idea at all what they’re going to be for Halloween, but their staff will help them put together items from not only the Halloween section, but anywhere in the store for a unique, personalized costume. That’s the beauty of thrift store shopping – you never know what you’re going to find, or what unique outfits you’ll come up with, but there sure are plenty of choices!
My Daughter’s Experience
My 4-year-old Heidi knew she wanted to be a fairy princess (moms of little girls – big surprise, right?) so she found and instantly fell in love with a used, pink fairy dress that was $5.99. We easily found accessories to go with it: a used beaded princess crown for $3.99, and a set of NEW fairy wings and a magic wand for $5.99. She already had pink princess shoes (from a previous visit to SAVERS) so she was all SET! Her costume totaled $15.97, which was a good deal considering she got to assemble it herself and loves wearing it around the house playing dress up! It will definitely get some good use.
My Son’s Experience
Our 23-month-old Thor (who will be 2 by Halloween) loves to play with toy dinosaurs and growl like one, so I asked Melissa for help finding a dinosaur costume…she brought me to the used costumes first, where we found numerous costumes for infants and toddlers including monkeys, lions, and…a dinosaur! I was happy to find one that was used (it was $7.99) and fit him perfectly. Plus, it didn’t have built-in booties (I didn’t want a costume with attached foot coverings…I think they make it hard for little ones to walk). But Melissa suggested that booties can just be cut off (good to keep in mind – I don’t always think of the obvious!).
And just for kicks, I bought myself a pair of Minnie Mouse ears for $3.99 (suggested by Heidi!). They had all kinds of “ears” to pick from, tiger ears, cow ears, novelty ears including bats and pumpkins. Even if you don’t want to dress up, you can find at least something to wear!
Savvy Thrift Store Shopping Tip #2: ANYONE can find a great affordable costume at SAVERS.
There were wigs, makeup sets, teeth, costumes for all ages and every taste. Kids will find what they want…I saw many Disney characters, including Merida (from the new BRAVE movie!), as well as other cartoon characters (like Spongebob!). Prices were reasonable…from $.99 and up. An entire costume for most people would probably total around $20-30. More of course, if your costume is more elaborate.
The best part about browsing through all the choices? IT’S SUPER FUN! Melissa also encouraged me to try on any costumes we liked. So no one has to decide just by looking at the picture on the front of a package. You can take it out and try it on! You’ll want to spend a while here, so if you’re serious about finding what you really want, I’d suggest planning at least an hour.
Happy Halloween shopping!
Disclosure statement: I received gift certificates from SAVERS in exchange for writing this feature. The opinions shared here are completely mine. Originally I planned to write just one feature but because there’s so much to share I decided to write 3!