But this year's costumes don't have to be doomed. Here are just a few ideas on what to do with your "last year's" costumes.
- Princess, cheerleader and other "dress-ups" in good condition can be shared with little girls in need. In our house, we've collected a bag of "dress-up" clothes and costumes that are going to two little girls our day care has adopted for Christmas. (You can always pair them with accessories from the clearance isle, if desired.)
- Store and trade your costumes in for nearly new ones on National Costume Swap Day 2012, held in mid-October.
- Donate or sell them to a resale shop, particularly if they're individual items like pants or shirts in good shape. Even period pieces can find a reuse.
- Those "bloody" shirts your teenager created? Bring them back to a new life as rags to use around the house.