The only things spookier than the costumes and decorations this October are the prices.
Goodwill conducts an annual study that observes customers’ buying habits and this year’s report found 77% of Americans say “higher prices due to inflation will have an impact” on what — and where — they buy for Halloween this year.
Goodwill Southern California District Manager, Eric Hart, was challenged to create a costume from items donated to the store. Within approximately six minutes, Hart put together a Barbie costume — complete with a hat, skirt, top, clutch purse and pumps — that would cost less than $100.
“All you need is a little bit of creativity,” Hart said. “You find one piece you really like.”
At Goodwill — or any mom-and-pop thrift store — customers can find what they need.
Atwater Village Goodwill shopper Lindsey Nelson put together a “Queen of Hearts” costume for herself and another costume for her son.
“I’ve got a red dress and I’m gonna take the sleeves off of this,” Nelson said, referring to the ruffled sleeves of a shirt. “For just the costume bits, I’m thinking maybe $20 per costume.”
Goodwill also has an in-store app that can help shoppers pair up elements of their costumes. Employees wear some of the combinations, all of which are said to be under $100.
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