Which kid doesn’t love to dress up? I think all of my kids around the age of one or two would try to put on someone else’s shorts–or even underwear–as the clean laundry was being folded. And of course, mommy’s high heels are an all-time favorite to be clomped around in. Since dress-up is so much fun, we have a whole toy chest full of “dress-up” clothes, along with a section in a closet set aside just for the “fancy” dresses. And hooks that have the costume necklaces. And a basket for hats and aprons and . . . well–you get the idea! Seven times out of ten, that stash of “stuff” is the first place that friends go to when they come to visit our girls. In fact, my girls and their friends like to dress-up, and then have me judge to see who has the best outfit.
Now, lest I be misunderstood, this post really IS about thrifty fun! Most of our dress-up paraphernalia is not that great! It may be clothes that I suggested giving away or getting rid of, and the question that came back to me was, “Can’t we keep it for dress-up?” Some of the clothes were given to us, and a few items were purchased at garage sales or for a birthday present. Who knows where we got our costume jewelry–parades? I really don’t know. All I know is we got it somehow, and it didn’t cost me anything!
The great thing about dress-up is that you could even raid your own closet for old clothes, and the kids would have a blast with it. We were at my grandma’s house, and she always has us go through her a pile of things that she no longer wants to see if we would like any of it. Well, she had a few old nightgowns and slips that she no longer wanted–and neither did we! She suggested that we take the items to a thrift store to donate them. Well, that was a possibility; however, we didn’t even think the thrift store wanted the items. But the 5 year old through 9 year old great-grandchildren sure did! They had a blast wearing those old nightgowns!
Even my mom has an old barrel full of dress-up clothes which includes some old cheerleading skirts that were being discarded when my sister was a cheerleading coach! It was fun for the grandkids to dress up in the old outfits (using many safety pins), and more fun for us to watch them try to do a cheer. What comic relief!
So if you can find a corner to stash some old clothes, let your kids save them to dress-up in! It will keep them occupied for a long time, allow them use their imagination, and it will cost you very little!