Goodwill Stores are urging Arkansans to come see them for Halloween necessities.
Shopping at Goodwill for Halloween not only offers Arkansans an opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind costume, but also offers incredible savings. Smart consumers can save big and stretch their dollars by shopping their local Goodwill Store for Halloween costumes and décor.
While other retailers anticipate the holiday shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, trick-or-treaters make October the hottest month at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.
“Goodwill is an excellent place to find bargains year-round, but it’s an especially great resource when you are looking to create a unique costume at a reasonable price,” says Susan Crossley, director of marketing and communications. “Since most people only wear their Halloween costumes once, it makes perfect sense to save a few dollars on the purchase,” Crossley says.
For a fraction of the cost that many retailers are charging for costumes, Goodwill shoppers can put together popular Halloween get-ups or one-of-a-kind creations. With items easily found on Goodwill’s racks, shoppers can become pirates, pop-stars and karate kids for well under $20.00.
Here a few of the Halloween costume ideas from clothing and accessory items that can be found on the shelves at Goodwill:
- A donated pair of overalls, a flannel shirt and a straw hat can turn any trick-or-treater into a scarecrow
- A well-worn leather jacket, white T-shirt, and a pair of straight-leg jeans can transform the average Joe into the Fonz and right back to the 1950s
- Retro clothing makes it easy to dress up like a cast member from “That 70’s Show”
- A pinstripe suit and a classic fedora turn the young or old into a gangster, or with a different hat, one can become Charlie Chaplin
- A drab dress, grandma cardigan, flesh-colored stockings, plus a stuffed cat to carry with you and you become a crazy cat lady.
“Our shoppers can be pretty imaginative. The trick is doing a bit of cutting and pasting or stitching, then letting your imagination go wild with accessories,” says Crossley.
Additionally, because at Goodwill the selection varies from rack-to-rack and store-to-store, the chances someone else will have the same costume are very slim.
Goodwill is also a great place to find gently used children’s costumes to transform your child into a superhero, princess or whatever he or she desires.
“Our great costumes and fun ideas go on and on, just like the savings. Additionally, by choosing to shop at Goodwill versus going to a retail outlet, people can feel good about helping those who are disabled to be more independent in their daily lives, since Goodwill’s profits fuel programs to help them as well as the community at-large.”
Revenues from Goodwill stores fund employment services, education, and training opportunities for Arkansans with disabilities and other disadvantages that present potential barriers to employment.
For a list of costume suggestions, Goodwill store locations, or to learn more about Goodwill Industries of Arkansas, click here.