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Unread 03-30-2009, 04:05 PM   #46
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I just bought pretty much my entire Yukari costume at the local thrift shop. Pink sweater, white shirt, black skirt. Way too much trouble to make myself as my skills suck. But I don't plan on entering it into any contests so I'm good. It's a for-fun costume for comfy con days.

I see nothing wrong with thrift store shopping. They can be a great source of random costume pieces, and sometimes even pieces you can take apart to use as a pattern for the one you're making yourself. I also like the thrift store shoes - I'd rather spray paint and destroy a $2 pair of shoes than a $20 pair from elsewhere!
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Unread 03-30-2009, 06:24 PM   #47
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I think there's nothing wrong with getting items from a thrift store just so long as you don't claim that you made them.

I love thrift stores, most of my shoes/shoe bases come from them (I just got a pair of awesome boots for my new Ran (Detective Conan) cosplay for $12 and everywhere else would have cost me at least $30-$40 for similar boots). They have so much useful stuff there! I've found several basic shirts, pants and skirt bases that I altered at thrift stores for some of my cosplays. It's so much better to get a dress shirt for $1-$4 as opposed to making it, taking many hours to do so and spending more than that just on fabric, or buying a new one for at least $20.

I feel that it is silly to make certain things unless they are un-findable or super expensive. Especially things like shoes, socks, and simple pants; and thrift stores are a treasure-trove of all sorts of goodies Once I even found a briefcase at one that looked just like one of my character's school bag, which let me have a bag to carry my stuff in while at the con but that worked with the cosplay. (tho I do wanna mention that socks are one of the few things I insist on buying new for hygienic reasons ).

I helped a friend making her 1st cosplay by taking her to a local thrift store to find most of the components and all she had to do was alter the shirt (which I helped guide her, since she's not very good at sewing, but was willing to learn ).
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Unread 03-31-2009, 12:13 AM   #48
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Blah blah blah don't try to enter a cosplay contest with your thrifted cosplay or claim that you made it or you WILL be hunted down by a hired assassin blah blah blah blah.

Heck. The only thing that will be handmade in my Yoite cosplay is his scarf. And /I'm/ not even the one making that! (I forgot how to knit and just fail at it.)

It can look great. It can look bad. It really depends. But it you do it... Put effort in finding the BEST and MOST FITTING peices for you cosplay. Effort is great thing to put into something like this.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 11:48 AM   #49
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I definitely use thrift stores as a resource for cosplay material. And ditto what everyone else said. :P
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Unread 03-31-2009, 05:52 PM   #50
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Especially for easier or more casual looking cosplays like Tsuna, Luffy, or casual versions of characters, Goodwill and thrift stores all the way ^^
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Unread 03-31-2009, 07:38 PM   #51
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I'm completely stoked to make a run to a thrift store soon, considering I'm doing a Death Note group with my friends.

Even more, not just Death Note. I'm sure once I get there I'll go crazy and want to buy everything for future cosplays.

Bwahahaha sheets and amateur sewing skills. >]

In other words, I have no problem with it. :] What's cosplay without some creativity and making the most out of something?
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Unread 04-01-2009, 05:28 PM   #52
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Thrift stores are a godsend if you want to find something and just adjust. It's not cheating at all, especially if your costume can be made from random articles of clothing. Heck, my friend is cosplaying as Death the Kid and found her suit at a good will for ONE FREAKING DOLLAR. An ENTIRE suit, jacket + pants. It was a little long on her, but hey...ONE DOLLAR. Seriously, you can't go wrong with that!

As already noted, if its not allowed in a contest then that's bad, m'kay? XD
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Unread 10-01-2017, 09:09 AM   #53
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I love thrift stores!

Those thrift pieces are great for a beginner at sewing! You can alter them to fit your needs and also deconstruct them to make patterns and try them yourself. I'm a beginner too, so I find thrift store useful. It's kind of like giving life to recycled clothing. I believe it's better to shop stuff used to prevent waste. I've been working on finding the pieces for so many simple costumes like San from princess Mononoke. Getting old sheets can make so many things. I think I'm rambling lol sorry. I think thrift stores are awesome.

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Unread 10-02-2017, 03:51 PM   #54
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I'm actually planning to do this sometime soon; as I'll be looking into getting a guy's dress shirt, and tie maybe (if I can find it in the right colour) to modify it into Blue Angel's top. I'll be needing to cut off the sleeves and trim the top down to match the design of the shirt, then I'll need pink bias tape for the trim.
I lucked out finding earrings that were exactly like the ones I needed for Rin so I grabbed them.
Overall I've had some hit and misses with thrift shops, but it never hurts to look. The only time I don't look at thrift stores if I can buy something at a decent price and wear as is, so that way I don't ruin a brand new top or jacket or something.
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Unread 10-02-2017, 08:04 PM   #55
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One of my best costumes (or one of the ones I'm most proud of anyway) was done almost completely from a thrift store. For my Broadway Beast; the pants were a deep purple corduroy that I found in the women's section, and I simply sewed buttons on the front to simulate a flap. The satin shirt was also found in the women's section, and I simply sewed some lace ruffles around the cuffs and collar to make it look more Victorian. The cape? Another thrift store buy -it's actually a graduation robe that I cut and altered with some gold trim, and my sash was made out of the discarded material. The rest of the costume was pure make-up and appliances so it was a huge benefit to cut costs and find all those pieces in a thrift store. Nothing wrong with it at all!


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Unread 10-02-2017, 11:32 PM   #56
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All of us have cosplayed from thrift store items at least once in our lives, some of us despite already have learned to sew from scratch still can't stop falling in love with good thrift store clothing pieces that perfectly work for cosplay, so there's nothing wrong with it.
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Unread 10-03-2017, 01:31 AM   #57
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Honestly? I'm surprised to see this thread resurface, lol! But what everyone has already stated, using thrift store clothing to save time with cosplay is never a bad thing, as long as you're cosplaying casually.

Typically I've noticed that the more meticulous and serious you are about cosplay, the less you'll be willing to purchase pre-made items for costumes that you're wanting to compete with. But my boyfriend is a prime example of the total antithesis of this. He closet-cosplayed and purchased items for his YMCA group at Dragoncon a few years back, and he and his buddies went around dancing together and had the best time ever! They attracted all sorts of attention, and no one gave two shits that their costumes were store bought. They had a blast and that's what mattered the most.

My point is to do what you love. Enjoy the experience of cosplaying and just have fun! But if you're looking to compete with a costume, I'd recommend taking the extra time.
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Unread 10-25-2017, 09:19 PM   #58
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I'm a thrift store cosplayer myself so I don't see anything wrong with that. I don't touch sewing machines due to the fact that I have a visual impairment. I don't even touch hot glue guns. If thrift stores didn't exist, I would probably only do closet cosplays.
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Unread 10-28-2017, 03:31 PM   #59
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I don't consider it cheating or lazy. (Unless of course, you try to enter a craftsmanship contest.) In fact, thrifting can often be harder than working from scratch in a sense, even with items that you'd think would be easy to find.
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