Youngstown Area Goodwill DIY Costume Contest

The do-it-yourself (DIY) costume trend has steadily increased for the last several years with plenty of Halloween fans relying on Goodwill as a shopping source. Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries want to see what you find…and will Halloween costume contest basketreward the best of the bunch.

More than half of adults turn to Goodwill for unique, affordable DIY costume ideas. Last year, a few of the local stores even pre-bagged some easy, grab-and-go options for popular costumes, like pirates, gangsters and hippies. This year, Goodwill is offering a prize for the best DIY costume assembled using items from local stores.

“We love this time of year because our shoppers have such a blast going through our racks to find the pieces to make their one-of-a-kind costumes,” says Youngstown Goodwill’s executive director, Jim Freeze. “But it’s rare when we actually get to see what they come up with. So this Halloween, before you go out trick-or-treating or hit the parties, post a picture of yourself in costume with the hashtag #GoodwillHalloween by November 3, and be sure to tag Youngstown Goodwill so we can see it. Our costume consultants will pick one lucky shopper to win a Goodwill basket with a $40 store gift card.”

Shoppers can tag Youngstown Goodwill using @YtownGoodwill on Twitter, and @YoungstownGoodwill on Facebook. Be sure to identify which items are from Goodwill.

Freeze reminds shoppers to check back often because Goodwill receives new clothing and accessories daily. In addition to putting together a costume for a fraction of the cost of the big box retailers, shopping at Goodwill benefits the community.

“By shopping at Goodwill or by donating your gently used items, you help create employment opportunities, job training programs, and education services for local community members,” Freeze says. “One hundred percent of donations to our local area Goodwill stores support operations in the Mahoning Valley and provide employment opportunities for dozens of people in our community who face barriers to employment.”

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