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Halloween thrifting: Tips to get top-notch costume without paying top-dollar

Thrifting for Halloween costumes. (7News/File)
Thrifting for Halloween costumes. (7News/File)
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Inflation is impacting grocery store bills, Halloween candy and costumes. 7News’ Victoria Sanchez stopped by Goodwill in Hayfield and checked in with an expert on how to dress up without breaking the bank.

Goodwill of Greater Washington’s in-house thrift fashion influencer has an eye for deals. Carolyn Becker is the senior manager of communication and a lifelong thrifter.

“It’s a fun journey too. Thrifting is fun!” she told Sanchez.

Becker picked up a Racoon costume in its original packaging. The outfit was originally sold for $44.99 at a Halloween store. At Goodwill, the sticker price is $3.99. A kid’s Frozen costume is the same price. A witch dress and pointy black hat total $7.98 before tax.

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“What’s really amazing about all of these purchases is, not only does it save the planet by keeping items out of area landfills, but they also support Goodwill’s critical mission of transforming lives in communities by the power of education and employment. So, over $0.91 out of every dollar spent at Goodwill goes to support our job training program and career services,” Becker explained.

She found a purple jacket and purple jeans and called it “Prince” inspired. The outfit is less than $15 and pieces could be incorporated into a wardrobe after October 31.

“You’ve already put this together but how easy is it for somebody to come in and do this themselves?” asked Sanchez.

“It’s actually really simple. One, have a vision. Two, just think of items that are everyday finds that you can use to incorporate into any look that you can also wear year-round,” she said.

Goodwill of Greater Washington stores are organized by color. If you’re looking for pieces in a specific color, the hunting is easier.

People are looking for deals outside of Halloween too.

“We’re seeing people come into our stores for everyday essentials and as we’ve noticed earlier in the year, there have been supply chain challenges, so the community has come to our stores to look for those everyday essentials, kitchen appliances, homewares, stationary. And like you mentioned, with prices going up, this is one of the lowest costs option available,” said Becker.

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Goodwill of Greater Washington has a website to help with sustainable fashion and living ideas. If you’d like some DIY tips and costume ideas, click here.

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