Freelance writer living in Melbourne. If you enjoy the following article click on the Like button, Facebook it to your friends or subscribe to my articles. I try to find fun, rewarding and usually free adventures for you in your home town.
Published August 27th 2014
Help I need a costume fast
Source: Savers website
As everyone knows op shops are great places for finding fancy dress costumes if you are lucky. And luck is the operative word here. It usually takes a lot of sifting through stuff to find the bits and pieces to make up the total James Bond party outfit or whatever the themed occasion might be.
Hiring the stuff is expensive so somewhere like Savers is a great alternative.
Halloween is also coming and the larger Savers stores have a dedicated spooky costume section that operates every year a few months before October. I recently visited the Brunswick superstore in August and they had a huge dedicated section for Halloween costumes and parties.
While I was in Savers in Brunswick I was also surprised to come across some of my own stuff that I had donated only a few weeks before. I was a bit puzzled given I had donated to Diabetes Australia and the Diabetes green van had come to my house to collect the bags and bags of stuff. Let me explain.
Since I have got into colour coordinating my outfits I have found that I need a lot of items I just don't have and am purging a lot of colours I have too much of.
Apparently Diabetes Australia, sells what they collect onto Savers Stores. They, I believe, get paid by the kilo.
They make about $700 000 a year that way for Diabetes research which is great. However when we do buy at Savers most of the profits are going overseas and certainly not to charity. So there is a bit of a misconception about what Savers stores are about.
One of the issues, I guess, for thrifty shoppers is that there is often a huge mark up on some of the goods at Savers as they buy from a charity and then hike up the prices. I noticed this because of my donation. For some plastic jewellery that I had originally bought for a dollar or two at my local op shop was now being sold for $6.99 at Savers.
So in the end while Savers is great shopping and certainly recommended for your costume shopping you might want to think about giving your little local op shops a go. Lots of sifting I know but all part of the fun. My favourite is Alkira in Box Hill (click here) where you can still buy books for 20 cents and jewellery for a $1. And you know your money is going to charity. All of it.
For more information on where Savers profits go there is an interesting article here.
If you are interested in celebrating Halloween like the Americans then the American Women's Association (AWA) run a really interesting event called Trunk or Treat. Halloween out of car boots (or trunks as the Americans call them.) Loads of actives and the American food trucks will be there. This day helps raise money to benefit the Children's Bioethics Centre at The Royal Children's Hospital. So here is Halloween really helping out a charity. You can find out more about this activity here.