So, you have a party coming up and you don't want to spend a fortune on a costume or costumes for the entire family. You're thinking "What can I do?" or "Where can I go?" Thrift shops and consignment shops are great places to search when you're on a budget and only going to wear something once.
Times have changed; money is tight, so why not go to the thrift store? Thrift stores have changed greatly in the past years. Now consignment shops are a bit fancier then thrift stores, but for around the same prices, you can pick up many pieces to make numerous costumes from babies to brides to princes to farmers.
If you are looking for a costume such as a princess or maybe even a bride, well then you're in luck. Many bridal dresses and bridal wear are often only worn once and then end up in your local thrift store. You can take an ordinary circle skirt, cut it up the side, leaving the enclosure fixed and you have a cape. Use a white sheet as a ghost, toga or even diaper.
While shopping, open your imagination and something will soon hit you. There are also tons of props you can find at thrift stores and consignment shops. For example, an old purse can easily be transformed into a medieval pouch. An old mug could be for collecting change in addition to a bum costume. Wire hangers and knee highs can be transformed into fairy wings.
And remember when you purchase items from a thrift store, the money also goes to help those in need. You're not just purchasing items, you're helping out your local community. Don't just receive, but give as well.