Spun up in pink, Zena won the Low-Cost Online Photo Contest with her adorable Cotton Candy costume. She will be giving all our readers on A Good Look sage advice on how to make the most creative outfits for much, much less than you’d ever imagine. Zena works at Goodwill’s Harrison NJ store (at 400 Supor Boulevard, Harrison, NJ 07209), so if you’re in the area, pop by and say congrats!
We got the chance to interview her the other day and really, even without the Candy Costume, she’s as sweet as can be. Click the “more” link to hear her advice on DIY costumes, including how she feels about her new title and what one-of-a-kind creation she’s been working on for Halloween:
Happy Halloween! Halloween has always been our favorite holiday. We use it as an excuse to dress and go out, socialize with our neighbors and put a big smile on every kid’s face. Secretly, it’s also a time for us to eat tons of candy. Secretly. Without letting anyone else know.
Things should be scary on the night October 31st. What shouldn’t be scary is your credit card bill next month.
So, here’s the question: how can you come up with a screaming great look in Manhattan – the world’s center of creative and conspicuous consumer consumption? We were determined so we set a goal: no matter what, we weren’t going to spend more than $10 this year on our Halloween costume.
Why add to landfills with a generic plastic costume when you can come together with neighbors, learn a few crafting skills, and make a one-of-a-kind costume everyone will envy anyway? Last Sunday, GoodwillNyNj held a Halloween Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party in downtown NYC. The party gave us a ton of lightly-used clothes to base our costumes from, and encouraged people in the neighborhood to share their skills and fashion. We also had a lot of fun imitating David Bowie.
While we edit our videos and collect our photos for yesterday’s stellar Clothing Swap and Costume Design Party, we figured we’d give you some good Halloween-themed reading. Here’s a great piece from NewsLeader.com about how to take a pre-packaged inspiration, head to Goodwill, and save a ton of money by thinking outside the box.
After all, do you think Velma would ever spend $40 on a costume? Ruh-roh, Raggy, as Scooby would say. Or, to translate: no way.
We’ve been chatting this up all week long, so you probably know the details by now. If you, click HERE for the nitty-gritty.
Still, we’d be amiss not to give our friends one more round of thanks. So thank you to I Love to Create for donating a ton of great crafting supplies for our event. Thank you to Boxcar Lounge for offering their beautiful back garden and coming up with a whole roster of drink specials, including a special $5 Halloween martini, for the event. And thank you to the Craft & Hobby Association, and specifically to Victor Domine and Tara Smith, for helping us reach out to their many impressive members in NYC and beyond. Thank you!
Congratulations to Zena, our own Cotton Candy winner! She is the official GoodwillNyNj Low-Cost Costume Mavin 2009 – and, lucky you, she is actually available in-person to help you too, since she works at the Goodwill Harrison NJ store.
Our second-place Low-Cost Costume props go out to both David and Tara. The Pizza-Lovin’ President and Little Miss American Gladiator were both amazing costumes. Well done, you two!
And don’t forget!: If you don’t have your Halloween costume perfected yet (or you’re just looking to improve your wardrobe), stop by our Clothing Swap and Low-Cost Costume Design Party today, Sunday, Oct 25th, from 3pm-7pm at Boxcar Lounge (168 Avenue B between East 10th and East 11th Streets). Just bring one bag of lightly-used, freshly-laundered clothes or a $5 donation and enjoy a whole weekend afternoon of good tunes, good drinks, and good people. Our Clothing Swap lets you browse, claim and keep any clothes you discover in the Boxcar Lounge garden – and with I Love to Create‘s crafts, you can make your own one-of-a-kind, pro-sustainability, super-affordable, creative costume just in time for Halloween!
…until we name our new GoodwillNyNj Low-Cost Costume Maven. Want to have a say in who becomes our expert on all things costume? Well, hurry on over to our Facebook Fan Page and click the “LIKE” text underneath your favorite fan-submitted photo.
Here are our leading three submissions, as of 9:15pm Saturday, October 24th:
So what are you waiting for? There’s just over 2 hours left – get on over to our Facebook page, click “LIKE” to your creative heart’s content, and let us know who YOU think should win!
Don’t forget to bring one bag of lightly-used, freshly-laundered clothes and you can trade them (or a $5 donation to GoodwillNyNj) at Boxcar Lounge for any other clothes or crafts you see & like in the space.
We’ll have drink specials, too – and pretty darn good ones, with $5 Halloween martinis, $5 well drinks, and $4 sangria for all our GoodwillNyNj guests.
So you see, you bring the clothes – and we’ll bring the crafts, courtesy of the awesome people over at I Love to Create.
Hope to see you there!
*The easiest way to get to Boxcar Lounge is to take the L train to 1st Avenue (and 14th Street) and walk south to East 11th, then east to Avenue B. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk. You can also take the F, J, M, or Z train to Delancey and Essex and walk north to East 10th St, then one block east to Avenue B.
Well, that may be a little hyperbolic, but we love a site that says, “We admire the handmade, the recycled. And we’re generally suspicious of commercial entertainment. That doesn’t mean we reflexively hate television or anything. It’s just that we genuinely believe that everyone has something to contribute, and that life is much richer when people stop treating each other like walking wallets.”
You can see their whole week’s recommendations here, or simply read on for the GoodwillNyNj mention:
Why add to landfills with a generic plastic costume when you can come together with neighbors, learn a few crafting skills, and make a one-of-a-kind costume everyone will envy anyway? The swap gives us all more options of just what lightly-used clothes to base our costumes from, and encourages people in the neighborhood to share their skills and fashion.
With crafters and stylists on-hand to help out with ideas and free craft material donated by I Love to Create.
168 Avenue B, between East 10th and 11th streets, Manhattan
3-7p; $5 donation to Goodwill or one bag of lightly used, freshly laundered clothes