#TipTuesday Thrifting for your Costumes
Many of us have put together a costume at a thrift store, using base pieces. If I need a pair of black pants, I’d rather spend $5 on a par I’m only going to wear a couple of times, vs paying $45 for them new. But even beyond the obvious pieces, there are a wealth of supplies available at bargain prices - you just have to see them in a different light!
* Out of muslin to make a mock-up? Need something heavier to make an old-fashioned cape or textured material for a coat? Need a dropcloth to protect against glitter or paint? Check out the drapes, curtains and sheets section!
* Can’t find the perfect boots for a costume? Look for the right silhouette and remember that you can paint them with products like NuLife and Angelus.
* I’ve also found shoes that had the right shape/size heel to pop into a zentai suit, even if the color was wrong — again, you can paint them or make a spandex sleeve for the heel.
* Need to fur, leather or vinyl trim? Check out the kids sections for jackets that you can cut up. Kids outgrow their clothing so quickly that they’ll probably be in great shape! And stuffed animals can be cannibalized for fur as well.
* Need sequins or rhinestones? Check the bridal gowns and prom dresses
* Check the mens and ladies belts when you need straps. Need nylon web straps? Look at old school back-packs.
* I stuff bras like they’re going out of style, so I hit up the lingerie section to buy bras super cheap.
* If you’ve seen my Captain Britain costume, the mask for that started as a plastic wastebasket I found for a couple of dollars (and let me tell you, I got some funny looks while I was trying buckets on my head, looking for the right shape).
All you have to do is see the things in the thrift stores as what the basic pieces and parts are, and then re-purpose them as needed!