I’ve had two excuses to get into costume in the last month and neither of those were Halloween. I have mixed feelings about costume parties. On one hand, I love them because it’s fun to get dressed up as something weird and it’s fun to see how a theme brings out the creativity in others. On the other hand, I hate the idea of spending money on something I’ll never wear again – it’s that frugal gene in me, I guess. So naturally, I turned to my favourite thrift shops in order to get what I was looking for.
The first costume need was for a Fairy Tale themed costume party hosted by our friends who do a themed costume party every year. We stretched the traditional idea of fairy tale a bit and went as Mary Poppins and Bert, the Chimney Sweep.
Here’s what it cost:
My skirt and blouse – $4 from Life’s Second Chance Thrift Shop in Abbotsford
My bowler hat – $7 from Evil Value Village (at Halloween)
Belt – $1.50 from Bibles for Missions in Abbotsford
Umbrella, carpet bag, spoon-full-of-sugar – owned or borrowed
John’s vest – $4 from Bibles for Missions in Abbotsford
Pipe cleaner for the Chimney sweeper – $2 from Michael’s ( i think…)
Hat, pants, shirt, shoes, mop handle – owned or borrowed
Pretty good right? We were pretty pleased with ourselves and I may even wear the skirt again – it’s 100% wool and fully lined.
The second costume need was for my church’s Christmas banquet. I was part of a 4-piece band called Bob Cratchit and the Bookkeepers (I know, right?) and we styled our costumes after the Muppet Christmas Carol characters.
My shirt – $4 from Evil Value Village
My vest – $5 from SOS Thrift Shop in Steveston
My pants – $4 from Life’s Second Chance in Abbotsford
My hat – $10 from Evil Value Village (also at Halloween)
Jacket, pocket watch, ascot – owned or borrowed
Isn’t it fun? I also got top hats for all the gents in the band and glued holly to them. They all wore their own clothes or borrowed items, except for the tall bass player whose mom rented tails for him! I won’t wear the shirt again (it’s a man’s shirt and way too big for me), I already wear the pants to work all the time, they’re so comfortable. The vest is actually kinda fun and honestly, if the right opportunity arises, I’d wear that top hat again in a heartbeat, I love it so much.
Tell me how you feel about costume parties – yes or no?