#ThriftyThursday – Last minute Halloween help

Halloween is almost here and I still haven’t picked out a Halloween costume but it’s not too late. I’m going to take you through the process of picking out the perfect Halloween costume at Goodwill.

The first step is brainstorming. I have learned the hard way that you can’t just walk aimlessly down aisles in hopes of having that perfect idea jump out at you, it just doesn’t work. I first wrote down all my favorite movies/TV shows/books/etc. to start off the process.

After I did that I went through all of the ideas and narrowed down the list to all the characters that had a distinct look and would be fairly simple to impersonate with items found at Goodwill. My list had characters like Harry Potter, Marty McFly, Dwight Schrute, Forrest Gump, Indiana Jones and a few more. The one that stuck out was Forrest Gump because the costume is fairly simplistic and my girlfriend I will be dressing up with is named Jenny.
The next step is to head to any Goodwill and let the search begin. I decided what I needed was a light color pair of pants, a blue plaid shirt and a briefcase. The pants were the easiest to find and the size was perfect too. It took me a little while to find the shirt but I found a light blue polo button up that looked just like his. The hardest thing to find was a briefcase and unfortunately I never end up finding one but I knew I could still make the costume work.

I had the perfect costume and it only cost me $7.00. Goodwill is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.

#ThriftyThursday – Oh Christmas Tree!

Seasons Greetings! I know – it’s not even Halloween and I’m talking about all the Christmas decoration deals that thrift stores have. But it is never too early to start stocking up on all the festive décor that will get you in the Christmas Spirit
Christmas Tree at Benson Park
Goodwill never seems to be lacking in the Christmas decoration department and the closer it gets to December 25th the fuller the shelves get with Frostys and Santas. But why wait until the last minute when you can stock up on everything you need right now.
Santa Decoration
It’s a great feeling to knock out two Holliday shopping trips in one when you stop by your neighborhood Goodwill and load up on Christmas and Halloween decorations!
Frosty and Sleigh

#ThriftyThursday – Costume Time

Picking out the perfect costume is always the most exciting part for any kid’s Halloween. There’s no better place to hunt for the perfect find than at Goodwill!

Child Size Pumpkin Costume

Child Size Pumpkin Costume

Just recently, I visited the 84th and West Center Goodwill to get into the Halloween spirit.

I wanted to see what type of costumes they had for different ages and genders. Let me tell you – there sure was a selection! From superheroes to ghouls, they had it all.

Dorothy Costume

Dorothy Costume

The best part about all thrift store costumes is the price = none of these cost more than $10! That is truly a steal compared to the prices that the Halloween superstores charge. They even had costumes for adults, which makes shopping for that costume party much easier.

Toothless the Dragon Costume

Toothless the Dragon Costume

Go find the perfect costume, or design your own, and don’t forget to submit a picture for the Boo!dWill costume contest!

Robust Chef Boyardee Adult Costume

Robust Chef Adult Costume


The BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest won’t stay dead, nor should it! Because it’s that time a year again when you need to start thinking “Halloween costume” and “Goodwill” in the same sentence!

Goodwill is an awesome place to shop for Halloween costumes. Are you someone who likes to dream up some creative outfit and enjoys the hunt for just the right pieces? We have nineteen stores around town where you can find those costume ingredients. Or are you someone who just wants a quick and easy costume so you’re not the person dressed up as “suburbanite” or “adult” at the Halloween party? We’ve got plenty of more traditional costumes too! And no matter which camp you fall into, your costume purchases at Goodwill stores help put people to work — and they can win you some treats.

We want to see what you’ve come up with by shopping at our stores, so it’s time show off your costume and win prizes in the process — by entering the BOO!dwill Halloween Costume Contest!

To enter:
1. Between now and 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015, e-mail a photo of yourself in a costume you either purchased or assembled from items purchased at an Omaha area Goodwill to [email protected].

Updated: This years contest will be based on Facebook likes. Please visit the Boo!dwill 2015 Facebook Album and like your favorite costume. Only “likes” will determine our winner, shares and comments are not needed in order to win..

2. In the email, tell us your name, how to contact you, and at which store(s) you bought your costume.

That’s it! We’ll be sharing the entries as we receive them on our Facebook wall. On Wednesday, November 11, the voting will close, and the top three will all receive Goodwill gift certificates ($100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd)!

If you have any questions, post them here in the comments or send us an e-mail at [email protected]. And if you’d like some inspiration, check out last year’s finalists or television coverage of some of our Halloween offerings:

Finding Affordable Halloween Costumes a Real Treat – WOWT Omaha
Shop Goodwill for Halloween Costumes – KMTV Omaha

Good luck!