Cheap Disney Halloween Costume Thrift Store Shop



Ditch those ready made cheap costumes and go for a high quality getup.  My family went for a “Disney” theme and this photo will be our Christmas card this year.    (Quy Tran Photography)
When shopping at a thrift store, go in with a few costume ideas already in mind.  As we share with you all year, thrift stores are a new store every single day so be open to new suggestions.

If your goal is to win the costume contest than your best bet is to do a DIY costume!

We think shopping at a thrift store is definitely a cheaper way to get an amazing Halloween costume!  You might want to stop by several thrift stores within a close region, check out


$2.00 Family Thrift Store Outlet Dress

$2.00 Family Thrift Store Outlet Dress … this was a professional dancing dress


$9.99 Goodwill dress

$9.99 Goodwill dress.  Probably a really bad bridesmaid dress from a wedding in the 80’s


$2.00 Family Thrift Store dress

$2.00 Family Thrift Store dress.  A yellow prom dress is befitting.


$2.00 vest $2.00 drawstring pants

$2.00 vest
$2.00 drawstring pants …

this costume is a pair of silky draw-string pants, we used rubber bands to “blouse” them up around the calves, the vest is the inside liner of a jacket.

king queen disney halloween cheap thrift store shop costume

My husband was a Disney king, we added a crown from Party City, and the sash from “Belle’s” yellow dress.   I was an evil Disney queen, I am wearing a $2.00 dress from Family Thrift Store Outlet dress, I bought a crown from Party City and I hot glued mardi gras beads to it.


Tips for putting together the Best DIY Halloween Costume from the thrift store:

  • Don’t pay over of 10% of retail (we didn’t spend over $10 on any of our clothing!).

  • Look for higher end luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvets, and brocades.

  • Shop with several themes in mind.

  • Find a dress or article of clothing you really like, do a search on your phone for costume ideas.

  • Think outside the box …

A great resource for thrift shopping is  The next time you want to find a new thrift store in your area, or anywhere else, just enter the zip code on  The site lists all of the stores in that area, complete with their hours, location, how to sign up for their mailing lists, and even reviews from other shoppers.

For more tips and tricks, check out our “11 Thrift Store Tips”.

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Remember, this whole process takes time so have fun … Happy Thrifting from Jen and Pippa!

Everyone knows that we are the Queens of Thrift.  Pippa and I are masters at finding beautiful pieces for $2…but we know that’s not always possible, even for us.  I also have a confession to make, I love couture clothing and although it’s not impossible to find it in a thrift store, it’s not always easy and sometimes I have to bite the bullet and up my budget a little bit.

Last year, Pippa and I were asked to cover The Women’s Home Cottage’s ReNew and ReDux charity fashion show.  One of the main draws of this event is the pop-up shopping boutique where attendees can shop for amazing new and gently used designer duds before and after the runway show.  As you can tell by the photo below, I, along with my good friend The Vintage Contessa, did some damage at the boutique.  My favorite buy was an amazing, brand new with tags, Oscar de la Renta dress with matching cashmere shrug.  The retail price on this outfit is right at $4,000.  I paid $200 at the sale.

Shopping at the ReNew and reDo Fashion Show

Shopping at the ReNew and reDo Fashion Show

For our dedicated readers, you may be shocked that I paid $200 for anything, but let me tell you, you can feel EVERY dollar of this amazing outfit.  The quality of materials and workmanship in this dress and sweater are unparalleled to anything you can buy at the mall.  As soon as I put on this dress, I felt like a million bucks.  I received so many random compliments from strangers on how beautiful my dress was.  My confidence was sky high.

Jen and The Vintage Contessa

Jen and The Vintage Contessa

So, the point of this post is to reiterate, that even though the initial dollar amount may sound high, if you’re getting a good quality item at a great deal, then it’s worth it to spend a little extra money.  Think of it as an investment piece.  I can easily see me hanging on to this dress for at least the next 10 years…and it definitely will have many more years of wear left in it far beyond 10 years.

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The next time you are at a charity fashion sale and you find yourself flipping through racks of higher than expected price tags, take a moment to ask yourself (once you get over the sticker shock) if the piece is actually worth investing a little more money in if you have it to spare.  If you’re paying 10% or less than retail then it’s a no brainer…buy it!  Click on this to read our  “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”.

Pop-up shop at Women's Home Fashion Show

Pop-up shop at Women’s Home Fashion Show

Happy shopping!  We hope to see you at the upcoming Salvation Army’s Chic Boutique sale (April 15th – 18th), as well as this year’s ReNew and ReDo fashion event happening on August 19th, 2015.

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If you are interested in all of the articles we did last year with “ReNew reDo” click HERE