Friday, September 6, 2013

Costumes!

Ok friends, I'm on a mission for Halloween costumes. Every year this is one of my most lucrative and solid sales and I under estimate it every time! I have been "collecting" all year when I find dress ups and costumes here and there but now that Halloween is rolling out I will be trolling my local thrifts and consignment stores for these awesome money makers! All of September and the 1st 2 weeks of October are the best time because they are in high demand.

My favorite brand? Any and everything from the Disney Store - even some that have issues will go for big bucks.

As I always say - be on the lookout for less popular characters from movies as well. Maybe your daughter LOVES Beauty and the Beast and wants the whole family to set out with her as Belle, Dad as the Beast, Mom as Mrs. Pots and baby brother as Lumiere or Cogsworth? Well to do this by shopping on eBay it will cost your family at least $300 if not more. Yep. Really.

So definitely pick up those popular characters but the real cash is in the adult costumes and the lesser known characters. For example - Emperor Zurg from Toy Story - they are going for $70-$90 right now and I'm kicking myself because I passed one up last fall!

I also re-sell my own kids costumes the year after they wear them. Remember my post from last Halloween with the adorable Nemo & Dorothy of Oz? Check it out HERE!


I bought Nemo off Craigslist for $10 last summer sometime, and my little cutie wore it 3 times over Halloween! Usually its just the once for Trick or Treating but we had a couple of different costume events and parties last year. I stored it for the next 11 months and then it sold within 1 day of listing for $49.99! Now another cutie will get to be super adorable this year and I'll use the profit toward more costumes! Now that is what I call getting your money's worth!


This Disney Store Lilo costume sold within 2 days for $39.99 + shipping to Isreal. It even had some of the tulle ripping off in a couple of places which was fully disclosed in the listing and off it went. Fingers crossed it makes it over seas safely! Oh did I mention I bought this on clearance at the consignment store last year after Halloween and my daughter used it for dress ups and play dates over and over as well?! Gotta love it!

I have a couple more costumes listed up currently and you better believe I'll be sourcing for them this weekend. I am not exclusive to the Disney Store either. Some other brands that do well are: Gap, Gymboree, Pottery Barn Kids, Babystyle and lots more! I recommend doing some research before you buy just to see what's going for the big bucks and what may be worth leaving behind. For example: I typed in Disney Store Costume into the search and sorted by highest price and completed listings. You can do the same for Pottery Barn Costume etc.

Happy Hunting!

14 comments:

  1. Love costumes too! Currently have 8 listed and 40 something to go. I think I am pricing too low many are selling in a day or 2 but I am desperate for room....and I def agree with Disney store (Alice in wonderland doesn't do very well through)

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    1. Look again on Alice costumes, some of the ones that did poorly last year are doing really great this year! I looked up some the other day and depending on the costume some of them are skyrocketing! Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter costume didn't sell much at all last year and is going for good money now, same with the adult queen of hearts!

      Good luck you have a lot more than I do!!

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    2. I have NWT Disney store Alice costume both girls and womens they have been listed since last halloween and I haven't been able to get 19.99

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  2. I ♥ costumes! By far one of my favorite things to sell.

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    1. Same here, every year about this time I always wish I'd have bought more on clearance the year before! This year we are going to be in Mexico during Halloween so I'll miss the 1st 3 days of clearance at the thrifts and consignment stores so hopefully I can still score some good ones for storage! My favorite consignment store marks costumes down to $1 after Halloween!

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  3. I just found a Disney Store Captain Jack Sparrow costume at a consignment sale. It sold pretty quickly for $54.99! I'm really hoping to score more costumes at another sale next week.

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  4. Wow i completely forgot about Halloween Costumes! Thanks for this post. I'll have to see what I can find! I've never sold any costumes but I'll make sure to let you know if I find any.

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  5. I wish I had been able to find more costumes this year at garage sales. Right now I only have two luckily they are both nice Disney Toy Stoyr costumes.

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    1. I always wish I'd find more at yard sales they are the best prices! I am also checking out all the consignment sales and stores in the area, they really pricey ones tend to go un noticed and I figure if I can flip $20 into $100 its worth it! So far nothing good has popped up though.

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  6. Timely post...

    I found a Pooh costume next to a Tigger costume. From the Disney Store! I can't wait to see what they'll go for! They'll get listed in the morning.

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    1. Good Luck! Let us know if they sell!!

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  7. I also had good luck with a Captain jack Sparrow--it sold for $49.99 free shipping. It was not extremely fast, though.

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    1. I have been on the lookout for Jack Sparrow! And the Mad Hatter from Willy Wonka this year too, Johnny Depp Characters are hot this year I guess!

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  8. I love costumes and I sell them all year long. Less competition when it's not Halloween time. My niece sold a Beast costume last year to France for over $100 last year. I kicked myself because I thought $15 was too much to pay for it. I have sold Zurig for good money before. Oh and Flander did really well for me the first year I started selling.

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