Now that Halloween is over, you’ll be able to find some awesome deals on costumes. Costumes make great gifts, they bring out kids’ imaginations and get them away from a glowing screen for awhile. Make a costume chest and you’re kids will always have a go-to place to let their imaginations run wild.
One of my kids’ favorite past-times is playing dress-up. They’re boys, and so for them that means dressing up as ninjas, pirates, knights, dragons, cowboys, cops and robbers – and of course, every superhero known to man. My niece’s dress-up box is full of princess gowns, ballerina tutus, feathery boas and sparkly wands. It’s all a far cry from my own childhood dress-up box, which was full of mom’s hand-me-down 70′s jumpsuits, and a few maternity dresses. Still, it was my favorite thing to play and I love dressing up still!
When I was a teenager my costume chest underwent a glorious transformation…. I started biking to yard sales with my own money, and soon found out that crazy old prom dresses could be had for a song. Any given Saturday, you might see me pedaling back home with my army surplus backpack overflowing with tulle and lace – thus signalling the start of my career as a costume hoarder! I filled an old cedar chest with all my costumey finds – squirreling away every puffy satin sleeve and ribbon-covered ruffle with my one-day daughters in mind. As you know, those daughters ended up being a herd of smelly but beautiful boys, and so I had to start collecting all over again. Besides yard sales, my favorite way to fill their costume chest by far is Post- Halloween Clearance sales.
What you’ll need to make a costume chest:
First you’ll need a sturdy chest! A sturdy one is best – as it may get battered and beaten up over the years. You may get lucky and find one at a yardsale or the thrift store. The bigger the better – though if your space is limited, you may want to choose one that can double as a bench. Here are some options I found on Amazon that seem a decent price:
Catskill Delaney Storage Bench – $86.99 (reg $109) *Comes in Brown or White
Collegiate 30″ Footlocker with Wheels - $64.24 Shipped (reg $123.00) Also comes in pink and blue!!
*Amazon prices fluctuate and are subject to change at any time
You can score costumes for 75% OFF, as well as fun accessories like light sabres, swords, tiaras, wigs, and wands. Stock up on gear for all the usual suspects like superheros, princesses, dancers and firefighters, as well as character costumes for the ones they’ll love for a while(Buzz Lightyear and Woody, for instance).
Do you have a costume chest at your house? What ways do you fill it up frugally?