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How to Find Hot Deals on Cheap Cosplay Outfits

cheap cosplayCosplay has been around since the early 80s. In recent years, though, it’s become extremely popular.

And it’s not just for Halloween anymore. There are several huge cosplay conventions that take place all around the world. Costumes vary from fun homemade costumes to serious outfits that are almost an exact replica of the original costume.

All this fun can mean mega bucks. Is it possible to do cheap cosplay without losing the quality?

Keep reading for our great hacks on how to find cheap cosplay outfits.

Plan Ahead

If you leave things to the last minute, you’ll probably spend more.

Planning in advance gives you time to do your research and find the best deals. While you’re planning, try to make a realistic budget and stick to it.

Create a list or schedule including the main conventions and events that will happen during the year. By arranging things now, you can benefit more from sales and cheaper times for buying.

Try to figure out which costumes you plan to create. This will enable you to keep on the lookout throughout the year for the things need. You’ll also be able to buy a few things in bulk instead of buying things as you need them.

Sales and Coupons

Kapow! Hit those sales! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day, end of season sales…

If you plan to buy most of your materials during these times, you’ll save mega bucks. Sign up for online newsletters, Facebook groups, and cosplayer blogs. They can keep you up to date with any major sales or even send out coupons at certain times of the year.

If you’re planning to buy anything, first Google “coupons for Shop Name.” You’d be surprised by what hot deals might be lurking.

And don’t forget the week AFTER Halloween is the absolute best time to buy costumes. You could find some seriously cheap cosplay outfits during this time.

For a great corset deal, check out these high-quality yet low-priced products.

Recycle

Don’t feel that you have to buy something new for every event. Some cosplayers feel like they must have a completely new outfit for each convention, but there’s no shame in recycling.

Recycle some of your items for different costumes. Certain accessories can be multi-purpose and you can use them for several different costumes. For example, a set of “Spock” ears can also be used for an Elven look.

Basic essentials such as black leggings, white gloves, leather boots, a corset, a school skirt, masks, or a black cape can be used again and again for different characters.

Beg, Borrow, and Steal

Okay, maybe not steal…but trading pieces with your friends is a great way to save some cash.

Some of your fellow cosplayers might already have just the prop you need. You might have something they need. Swapsies, anyone?

What if you have a particular skill in making accessories but are not so good in the sewing department? You could trade skills, offering to make an accessory in exchange for sewing your costume.

Borrowing things from friends and family is also surprisingly helpful when it comes to those final random items. You’d be surprised at the things you can find in your grandparents’ closet or your parents’ attic.

Thrift It

You know how they say, “One mans trash is another mans treasure?” That’s definitely true when it comes to finding cheap cosplay costumes and accessories.

Thrift stores are the way to go. You’ll be amazed at the treasure you’ll find when rummaging through thrift stores, garage sales, and dollar stores.

For example, shoes can be a big expense. Buying gently used shoes from thrift stores can really save you some cash, especially if you’re going to customize them.

Old prom dresses, leather suitcases, tablecloths, baskets, and costume jewelry can all be transformed into an awesome costume.

Other cosplayers sometimes sell their used costumes on sites such as eBay, Etsy, or cosplay pages. After Halloween, many will be selling off their used costumes.

Create a Business

Maybe you’ve realized that this is something you’re pretty good at. Why not try to make some money from your hobby?

If you’ve found out you’re a good seamstress, you could make your own online shop selling costumes. Or sell your used costumes, props, and accessories.

If you’re not going to use them again, let someone else enjoy it. You’ll also make back some of the money you spent on it. It’s a win-win for all!

You could also blog about cosplaying. If you’re successful, you could even get sponsorship deals and a commission through affiliate marketing.

Another business idea is selling photos of super cool cosplayers–as long as you’ve got their permission first.

Know When to Spend

Being thrifty when making your costume can be done. But now and again, you may need to splurge on a few items.

You need to think about the long-term benefits. If you splurge on this item, can you use it again for several other costumes?

Sometimes spending a bit extra in the first place can save you money in the long run. You won’t have to constantly be replacing shoddy clothing or items.

And don’t forget that your costume needs to last the day. If it’s not up to standard, it may fall apart before the day is over. You’ll be left embarrassed, uncomfortable, or even exposed!

Cheap Cosplay Outfits

As you can see, finding or creating a cosplay outfit on a budget can be done. And it doesn’t mean you have to compromise and look somewhat ridiculous.

All you need is good planning, a sprinkle of imagination and BAM! You’ll totally look the part.

Check out our blog for more awesome life hacks that can save you tons of cash.

Wow, Score Over 50% Off These Tombow Pen Art Markers NOW!

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Do you have an artistic side? Maybe you know someone who does? Either way, this is a great deal on these amazing markers by Tombow! I found them on Instagram a few months ago and now they have this great deal on a 10 pack of markers! Score Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers, Primary, 10-Pack for only $12.79! Regularly $26.99!

  • Set of 9 colors and 1 blender pen, with flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker
  • Durable nylon brush tip can create fine, medium or bold strokes
  • Fine tip gives consistent lines
  • Included colorless blender pen softens and blends colors, creating a watercolor effect
  • The water-based ink is non-toxic, blend able, non-bleeding, and odorless
  • Tips self-clean after blending
  • Ideal for professional fine art and crafts

WOW!! I Can’t Believe What They Made With This!

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Do you have magazines running rampant in your house? I do!! I have them stuck everywhere, ok maybe not that bad but still! I found this adorable DIY for an X-Shaped Magazine Holder! I love the simple and clean look of this holder! If you don’t like it plain, then feel free to express yourself and personalize it to best suit your style! Thanks to Industry Standard Design for this easy to follow DIY! It can easily be made in no time! Check out their page to find the complete list of materials and instructions!

Let us know what you thought about this fun DIY! We love hearing from our friends! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Welcome Spring With This Fun Serving Tray!

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We had some pretty spectacular weather this weekend and made me think of all the fun colors and projects of Spring! I did some research and found this most adorable serving tray ever!! My son thinks the pictures are food! Go ahead and hop on over to Oh So Beautiful Paper to check out a complete list of materials needed and directions! I can’t wait to make this soon!! Did I mention that it’s a Watermelon Tray?! YAY!! Let us know in the comments below what you thought about this easy DIY and if you are planning on making it too! Happy Crafting!

“I Love You Because” Door Hearts DIY!!

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Well it’s February 1st and my daughters favorite holiday of the year! She loves everything about Valentines Day! This is something we started this year, today to be exact! What you do is write something you love about that person on a heart and tape it to their door! You then add 1 ever day until Valentines Day, or longer if you prefer! My daughter was excited to wake up this morning to a heart on her door! My son loved it too! Great for friends, husbands, or maybe you just need to tell yourself how awesome you are or how much you are loved!

Share with us what you love most about February in the comments below! Can’t wait to read them all!! Check out our other DIY’s here! Until next time Happy Crafting!

Mint Lemonade Lip Scrub DIY!

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Mint Lemonade Lip Scrub DIY!

Have you been wanting to make a homemade lip scrub at home? I sure have! Plus, buying lip cremes can be pricey, especially if they are prescription. I am allergic to many of the chemicals in these cremes both prescription and over the counter. So, I tried this do it yourself project and it totally worked for me! If you’d like to make this lip scrub as well, be sure to have the following ingredients ready:

  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons almond oil
  • 8-10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4-5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 1 drop yellow food gel (optional)

Let us know what you thought of this Mint Lemonade Lip Scrub and how it worked! For additional directions on how to make this homemade remedy, visit the A Cultivated Nest Webpage!

Raised Copper Pipe Plant Stand DIY!

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Raised Copper Pipe Plant Stand DIY!

Would you like to raise the heights of your plant stands at home? If so, I recently found a Raised Copper Pipe Plant Stand do-it yourself project that looks fun. I haven’t made this project myself yet, but I’m definitely going to soon. I love the look of the copper pipe in the above photograph. If this project interests you as well, be sure to have the following supplies:

  • 1/2-inch copper pipe
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • 1/2-inch copper T (qty 8)
  • 1/2-inch copper cap (qty 8)
  • Pipe cutter
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Scrap wood
  • Ceramic pot (found at Ikea)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Ketchup

For more directions on making this craft, be sure to visit this eHow Article From Sarah Dorsey Webpage. Let us know what you thought of this craft in the comment section below.