Treasure Lesson #12: I see a pattern here…..

Remember when you were little and decided to throw the bathroom rug over your shoulders, draw some eyeliner dots all over your face, and put your hair into a million ponytails and go as a space alien for Halloween?

Yeah..probably not. I was a weird one. My creativity back then often overshadowed my good judgment. To this day, I still have painful flashbacks of that bathmat hugging my back as I ran through the neighborhood . Blech.

Anyhoo…times have changed and there are PLENTY O’ PEOPLE who are ready and willing to make their family Halloween costumes worthy of an Oscar nomination. And you can help them achieve their goal…and keep their bathroom decor intact.

Thrift stores and garage sales are EXCELLENT places to find costume patterns. Most are priced for almost nothing…but they can be a hidden goldmine if you can find some good ones.

The key is to find UNCUT ones, unless you have the nimble fingers and patience to pull every piece of the pattern out to count it if it has been cut. I have neither…so I usually opt out of the used patterns.

Size usually doesn’t matter with costumes. There is a huge party market for Halloween, so children and adult costumes sell equally well.

T.V & movie character patterns do very well. Unique animals and one-of-a-kind characters also can be good sellers. And ALWAYS pick up medieval/renaissance/historical style costume patterns…they sell throughout the year to people who do reenactments and plays.

Here are some patterns that have sold recently on Ebay:

Simplicity 4926

Fish Costumes for Children

Sold: $59.00

Marilyn Monroe Costume Pattern

Simplicity 8393

Sold: 34.99

I picked this up along with a Cowardly Lion and a Dorothy/Witch sewing pattern…all UNCUT…for a quarter a piece.

Simplicity 7820 (Adult Size)

Sold this one last week for $25.00.

This season look for Toy Story patterns…its  a BIG seller.  And while we are on the subject…ALWAYS pick up books on historical/theatrical/ethnic costumes …people in the performing arts LOVE them!

Halloween costume patterns will sell well beginning now (Sept.) and until the first couple weeks of October.

Here is the link to costume patterns on Ebay. Remember to sign in to Ebay and click “Completed Items” on the lefthand side for items that have sold.

What costume do you remember vividly as a child?

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8 Responses to Treasure Lesson #12: I see a pattern here…..

  1. Angela says:

    Awesome. You are my new re-selling role model! I just read about DMC Embroidery thread selling well on someone else’s blog yesterday. So if you see any of that, grab it!

    • latenightcoffee says:

      Hey..thanks! I’m glad you visited! You are so right about that embroidery thread…I try and look for it…but everytime I find a bag of it, it smells like someone used it to wipe out an ashtray…never fails. Thank you for reminding me to keep my eyes open for that!

  2. Laurie says:

    One of my more memorable costumes was in 5th or 6th grade when I dressed up as a mad scientist. I splattered multi colored puff paints all over a white lab coat, messed my hair all up- teasing it as high as I could get it, and I topped off the look with some smoky eye shadow and bright lipstick. My inspiration for the mad scientist costume was the show Quantum Leap (my favorite show at the time). We rarely bought costumes from the store so I had to get creative.

    • latenightcoffee says:

      That sounds like a totally great costume! And the only good use of puff paint I’ve heard about to this date 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

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  5. Favorite costume ever was when I was Wonder Women – I wore my mom’s wig and she attached a gold lightening bolt to the beehive do on my head. (It was 1978) I thought I was some serious hot stuff in that outfit!

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