Guest Blogger-Linda from BB’s Garden

Linda currently writes her own blog and has her own Ebay store.  She has done a fantastic job at selling clothing and specializes in large sizes and children’s clothing.  The following is a post she did about costumes last year. GREAT information for those of you who want to try to sell (or need to buy) in that niche this year!

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When I was a child in the 70s, Halloween costumes left a lot to be desired. I can remember rummaging through the meager selection of costumes at our local dime store, and having to decide between a downright creepy clown costume or Barbie. Each one consisted of a thin, cheap nylon smock that tied in the back, and a plastic face mask that attached with a single stretchy band and adhered with staples. Within seconds of sliding the mask (I chose Barbie that year) over my face, I was sweaty and uncomfortable. No wonder the word “Barbie” was sprawled across the smock. No one wore the mask long enough for anyone to tell who you were trying to portray.

Luckily, costumes have improved greatly since the mid-70s. Sadly, though, the cost has risen proportionately. The average cost of a child’s Halloween costume is $30 – $40. A family of five could easily spend half a mortgage payment on outfits that will be worn for one school party and one evening of trick-or-treating. That same outfit will likely be smeared with chocolate by night’s end. More and more families are turning to pre-owned costumes and accessories. Thrift stores and garage sales can be wonderful sources for costumes. Because most are only worn once or twice, they remain in good condition – unlike clothing worn daily. And, unlike everyday clothing, costumes rarely go out of style. Buying used also allows the opportunity to get costumes of characters that are no longer sold in stores. If ”Jerry Jerry Dingleberry” is your son’s favorite superhero, but production of Dingleberry costumes ceased five years ago, chances are good that you can pick one up at your local thrift store for pennies on the dollar.

Another option – if your son demands Jerry Jerry Dingleberry and will accept no less – is eBay. You might pay a little more than buying from a second-hand store, but as any parent knows, when a child gets a bee in his bonnet for something he wants, we sometimes do what we have to do to make him happy. You’d still probably pay less than the parent who paid for the Dingleberry costume when it first made the rounds. Then you can turn around and sell it to the next generation of Dingleberry fan next Halloween.

Homemade Scarecrow Costume

Paid $3.00 at a garage sale

Worn once by sweet child

Sold the following Halloween for $12.00

Profit: $9.00

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