Halloween Costume Swap on thredUP

thredup costumeI posted last week on how to green your Halloween by planning ahead and making awesome homemade costumes. But the ultimate way to green your Halloween is to swap outgrown costumes.

When my kids were still at the “trick-or-treating” age, I started a costume swap in our school district. I was tired of seeing outsized costumes in boxes in my basement and I thought they’d be better served by making other kids a “Darth Vader” or a “Ninja”. So muscling my weight around a little as a PTA board member, I started a costume recycling program where parents can bring their kids costumes to swap. Cool, right?

Well, surprisingly, the kids didn’t think it was cool. They were whining, “so-and-so wore this last year and I don’t want to wear it.” Oy. Kids don’t remember what homework they had the day before but they remember who wore what costume last year!

My kids? They wore whatever I made or picked up from the costume swap. They were just happy that they didn’t have to go as a Ninja again.

So how do you swap costumes so your kids don’t wear the same one their friends wore last year? The answer is swapping costumes with people your kids don’t know. thredup

thredUP Costume Swap Box

If you don’t know thredUP, it’s a kids clothing swap program where you pay just $5 for a box (Medium USPS Priority box) plus the cost of flat shipping for a box of clothes that you pick. It’s the ultimate recycling program.

And they are having a Halloween Costume Swap, just the same way as their regular clothing swap.

More than 2,000 costumes were swapped last year through thredUP. This year’s program started on September 13 and it ends on October 22, just in time for Halloween.

This is what you have to do.

  • Remember, the costume swap will run from September 13 through October 22.
  • Build and list a box containing an outgrown Halloween Costume – be sure to flag it as a “Specialty Halloween Box”
  • When someone picks your box, send it free of charge (thredUP sends you empty flat rate boxes at registration & even schedules home pick-up!)
  • To find a costume for your child, browse boxes of kids clothes flagged as “Halloween Boxes” – pick one you’d like to receive. Pay only $5 plus shipping and the box is sent right to your doorstep.

So what are you waiting for? Go to threUP and sign up today! Maybe you can pick up a cool Darth Vader costumes. Or Princess Leia’s!

Written by Karen Lee

Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.


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