I've really had a great time playing with costumes in my booth at the Antique Mall this year and it seems the shoppers feel the same. My mannequins have been defrocked multiple times so I've had to layer several costumes on each form to keep them from being naked displays between trips to re-stock and re-organize.
It was a fun concept and I though I'd write a post about pulling a costume together. I'd say most folks don't have a lot of cash to throw into a one time costume; however if you break it down in parts and look for just a few interesting items or accessories you can come up with a great costume on a budget. During the year, keep your eyes open for appealing items that won't break the bank and store them away for a special or fun occasion. Consider hats, scarves, belts, bits and bobs that on their own are interesting and wearable then later can be combined to create a knock-out costume.
The black cocktail dress sold first so I changed it out for another vintage dress that had these big funky black buttons and with the maid costume on top it looked like a 1930s-40s Cigarette Girl costume - so cute (sorry, forgot to take a photo when I changed the dress out). But that dress too sold and then a few days later the costume and tutu went as well. Interestingly enough I though the costume portion would sell first but I guess my choices in vintage black dresses were a hit as well as the accessories. I had a total of 5 vintage black dresses to sell this month.
Black Dresses and skirts can make exceptional foundations for many costumes.
This outfit makes me want to watch WestWorld with Yul Brynner again.
So the next time you are shopping and come across that unusual "whatever" that catches your eye, consider making the purchase to keep in reserve should you ever need to put together a quick costume or party outfit when the time comes.
Happy Haunting and I hope you all enjoy Halloween as it's almost here!
PS. - I always have interesting bits and bobs in my showcase (#21) and booth (#48) at Countryside Antique Mall in Siler City NC, so I hope you browse though if you are ever in the area.