Thrift shop deals and ideas for Halloween

October 22, 2012 6:32:23 AM PDT
A fuzzy little elephant costume for $13. A "Replacement Ref" shirt for $4. And a kid's firefighter jacket for $5.

Those are just some of the inexpensive costumes you'll find if you start your Halloween shopping at a thrift store.

Juli Lundberg, of Goodwill, says thrift stores, like her organization's store in Pennsauken, offer all sorts of Halloween bargains.

"You don't need to spend a lot, you can come here, you can buy a brand-new costume, you can buy a gently-used costume that's been donated to us, or you can go wild and mix and match and create something really original."

Brand-new costumes start around $20. Gently-used costumes, like Spiderman outfits for kids, start at just $5 each. But perhaps the most fun and cost-effective way to costume shop at a thrift store is to get creative.

The staff at the store we visited put together a whole rack full of ideas. And they really get into the spirit, creating entire looks for under $20.

Angela Episcopo created an 80s Rocker costume from an embellished denim jacket, tatto-inspired t-shirt, jeans and leather boots.

Deanna Lewis put together a cheerleader costume by combing the racks.

And even if you're not creative, the staff can help. They've put together a costume idea book, that's available at the cash register. And each day, Goodwill is posting an idea on their Facebook page.

To find a Goodwill Thrift Store near you, click here.


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