Goodwill Hunting: Seeking Costume Inspiration

This week’s Goodwill Hunting is a part of 13 Days of Halloween. Valley has a special love for Halloween, so it’s only natural that we want to celebrate early. For the 13 days leading up to Halloween, we’ll be reveling in all of the creepy, spooky and sometimes stylish fun. Join in with our countdown of the 13 Days of Halloween.

“So, what are you gonna be for Halloween?”

Your friends, acquaintances and coworkers are all dying to know, and you still don’t know what you’re going to dress up as.

It’s getting down to the wire, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a boring costume. Ditch the sexy kitten outfit you’ve worn the past three years and impress people with an awesome, original costume.

When people asked me what I was going to be, I had answered “I don’t know” or “we’ll see” way too many times, so I decided to take a trip to my favorite thrift store with the intent of being inspired. Here’s what I discovered:

Goodwill is costume heaven.

Ordering a costume online or buying it from a Halloween store is usually annoyingly expensive, and why waste a bunch of money on an outfit that you might not even wear more than once?

Goodwill has a rack of costumes similar to the ones you’d find in Halloween stores. The only difference is that they’re a lot cheaper. You can snag that scary skeleton suit or cute cave woman dress for a few bucks, and you’re set for Halloweekend. Not looking for a pre-made, potentially overdone costume? You probably know full well that there are some weird things to be found in the racks of Goodwill, and those weird things are absolutely perfect for putting together an attention-drawing Halloween costume.

Believe me, you won’t be limited to just grandma clothing (although, to be  honest, that’s probably where most of these clothes are coming from). Go with an open mind, because you never know what gems you might stumble across. The possibilities are limitless with a store full of shoulder-padded and retro styled clothes.

At thrift stores, the task of conjuring up a costume is so much fun and, as always, not too hard on your pocket.

Photos by Fuli Wang

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