Halloween is definitely the busiest time of the year for the 21 Goodwill retail stores located in Orange County. It is essentially their "Black Friday" and sales generated can reach up to $4.8 million this year.
To jump start the #OCGoodwill #Halloween madness, bloggers were invited to participate in a media event located at the Tustin Goodwill Boutique location. It was interesting to see how sections within the store are devoted to all things Halloween. I really enjoyed the various props that were dedicated to "Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos."
To celebrate the Halloween kickoff sales, bloggers were invited to break into teams and dress up in made up costumes from the racks full of costume ideas. Our team which consisted of five bloggers was ready to go!
For the first round, we were told to dress up as a character from a tv show. Our team divided up and toured the store to find unique ideas. My idea was to find anything yellow to dress up as Big Bird from Sesame Street. The mask was pretty awesome and I had no problem finding yellow clothes as Goodwill organizes their clothes by color. My teammate chose to dress up as a character from "That 70's show."
For the second round, we were told to dress up as "Classic Halloween." My teammate Justine found me a vampire costume and my other teammate found another vampire costume as well. It was a lot of fun.
For the third round, our team was told that this was an individual contest and we should dress up as a celebrity. Being the avid Jlo fan, I decided to dress up as Jennifer Lopez. There were other amazing costumes such as Nicki Minaj and Madonna. Although our team didn't win any rounds, I was one of the selected winners that won the individual contest so that was really cool!
I definitely recommend the Goodwill as a place to find an affordable creative costume. My favorite costume was definitely the vampire. I didn't buy it however because I ended up purchasing a costume last year at the Goodwill that I plan on wearing this year. I found the cutest cowgirl dress last year that I can pair with my Juicy Couture cowboy boots and a pair of tights. All I need now is a cowboy hat and perhaps a rope. And yes, I plan on buying the cowboy hat at the Goodwill.
When shopping at the Goodwill, not only are you saving money but you are helping the job training and career services that Goodwill provides to people who face barriers entering the workforce.
Happy Halloween everyone!