This week, we have a guest blogger, Melissa. She is an ECA volunteer who has been helping us with social media.
Now, as an adult I still enjoy dressing up, even though there aren’t any more homemade costumes from my mom or walking around the neighborhood for candy with dad.
Since I’m no longer a kid, I’ve found it challenging to find a fun Halloween costume to celebrate. I’ve noticed that many costumes aren’t something I feel comfortable wearing around in public, which makes it hard to find a pre-packaged costume I can purchase and wear without having some body part WAAYY too exposed. After many years of battling with pre-packaged store costumes, I came to the conclusion that it is easier make one.
When I start looking to pull together my Halloween costume, I always start at the thrift store. It’s a great place to find new and used costumes or pieces that I can use to create the character I want to channel.
Before going to the thrift store, however, I always plan out at least three costume ideas that would be easy to pull together from thrift store items. I’ve found that going without a list or clear idea of your costume can make for a very mismatched outfit and a frustrating experience.
This year’s costume ideas included:
Planet dress or purple dress that I can add planet cut outs to, red wig or hair chalk, colorful heels, a headband, and an iguana stuffed animal.
Black dress pants, white blouse, black suit jacket, black flats or heels, red wig, something I can use as an FBI badge holder, extra bonus points for an 80s block cell phone.
Tan jumpsuit or pants and cargo vest, backpack that I can paint and add ghostbusting equipment to, tall black rain boots, big 80s glasses.
Whether you’re making your costume or buying one off the rack, have fun this Halloween! And remember, if you’re not sure where to find a great costume to rock, I’d recommend checking out your local thrift store. You never know what you’ll find.
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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