Hi, all of my dear thrifty shoppers! Have you ever considered your local secondhand shop to be full of costume possibilities? Thrift store costume ideas will save you a ton of money if/when you need a costume for anything!
This week I had the fun objective of trying to create a historic Persian costume out of second-hand clothes! I have been cast in a local play called “Esther, Queen of Persia,” and get to play Vashti, the ex-queen. All of the cast members are responsible for coming up with their own costumes, and as I’m trying to be frugal and can’t sew a blessed stitch, I decided to hit my local Goodwill and Salvation Army. I found a flowey, long sleeve, orange dress and a green dress with bronze embellishments. I cut up the green dress to use it as a sash for the orange dress and used the lining as a train. I spent a total of about $12 for both of the dresses.
Thrift stores are excellent places to find a costume on a dime! For example, in addition to finding the ingredients for an amazing Persian get-up, you can find an ugly sweater for a fun Christmas party or a groovy 90’s warm-up suit for a costume party. Going to a nerd party? A second hand shop is your dream store! There is no reason to go to the hassle and expense of making your own costumes from scratch most of the time. The pattern alone can cost more than $10 at most fabric stores nowadays. Not to mention thread, fabric (super expensive), zippers, decorations, etc. Why spend so much on it in time and money when you are likely to only wear it once anyways?
Have you ever put together a costume from thrift store clothing?