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.
The search is a lot of fun but time consuming if you are in a hurry.
But Savers have left in all the fun and taken out the hard work.
They have vast rows of costumes that might take your fancy. Everything creature and character imaginable. I was gobsmacked by their range.
This is certainly a life saver for parents who often get told the day before. "Hey Mum I need to dress up like a pirate and its tomorrow!"
Great!" you say making a mental note that you must start reading that school newsletter.
Then while they snore away you are up all night trying to concoct an outfit.
Or when you get invited to a grown up's fancy dress party and you just don't know what to wear.
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.
Most of the stuff was new and really cheap.
They have thought of everything. Not just ghost, witch and ghoul costumes. There are whole new outfits. Perhaps you want to go as the Grim Reaper or Lestat well there are ready made costumes.
There are also all the knick knacks that go with them such as witches brooms, fake blood capsules, scythes and so on. They even have pumpkin shaped trick or treat baskets to carry your treats in.
There is a vast range of goth stuff as well.
As for the Mexican Day of the Dead
and all the related parties you have got it made.
Loved the spiderwebby looking tablecloths.
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.
I usually ring Diabetes Australia as they seem a worthwhile charity and they come and take the stuff from my doorstep. (If you are interested in this service ring 9923 8400)
So how is what I am donating in the Eastern suburbs ending up in a Savers superstore in Brunswick.
I was asking about why there is so much Halloween stuff in Savers.
It came as a surprise to learn that all Savers are owned by a North American company and that is why the huge interest in Halloween which is very much an American tradition.
Being an American company it helps explain why Savers are turning into such huge almost Costco superstores. See the article I wrote here on the huge new Savers in Ringwood. (Click link
When I got home I did a bit of research.
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.