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Halloween Thrifting Guide: A guide to shopping sustainably for your Halloween costume this year!

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

Ah, thrifting. A necessity for some, a hobby for others, and a sustainable way to piece together your dream costume for your upcoming Halloween party! If you’re like me, then you’ve already thought several steps ahead and have been planning on where to get each piece of costume since early September. If not, do not worry! I got you covered. After I’m through with you, you’ll be the best-dressed vampire, zombie, or early 2000s Paris Hilton without spending more than $30.

So, what exactly is thrifting? Thrifting is simply shopping at a thrift store, flea market, or garage sale where you’ll find gently used goods at a discounted price. Now you might be thinking, “Why would I want to buy used items when I can just buy something new at Urban Outfitters or H&M for my costume? I can afford it just fine.” Tsk tsk … Let’s have a chat, shall we? There are PLENTY of reasons to ditch the new items and go thrifting besides the financial benefit. For one, smart shoppers know that you can find many high-quality items with lower price tags at thrift stores which saves you money for other purposes, even if a lack of funds isn’t an issue for you. Secondly (and this is 100% directed towards me), thrifting is a very efficient way for creative dressers and aspiring fashionistas to experiment with their style without breaking their bank accounts. Try grunge one week and ‘80s neon-filled outfits the next! The possibilities are endless, and you won’t have to worry about the apprehension of the bill that comes along