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22 Jan 2009 - 14:519965
Getting rid of old costumes?
What do you guys do with your old costumes? I ask because I have two suitcases filled up with the slightly broken nightmare (which is all in little cardboard pieces...) and I can't bring myself to get rid of it.

Part of me is like "Someone else must want this!" but the fiddly nature of the costume, the fact it's slightly broken, and the other fact that it will probably only fit Matt who I made it for means that I don't think anyone else will be able to wear it.

But I don't want to just chuck it out...

What do other people do with their old stuff? Does anyone ever sell it, or swap it or give it away?


22 Jan 2009 - 15:159967
On cos.com and LJ communities I've seen people selling their costumes. Giving their measurements and a guide price with photos.
Admittedly this is mostly with fabric costumes. Not something as big as Nightmare.

Uhm... I'm not sure what you could do with it really if its broken, but not too hard to fix you could ebay or LJ it as used and damaged and list the damage, with the size of person it was built for. You might get a buyer. If not, and if its taking up room... put it in storage?
Only things I can think of.

22 Jan 2009 - 15:379968
I had a costume cull a short while ago. Sadly I find myself cutting out all the useful bits like fastenings, gems/trims and the larger panels of fabric and throwing the rest.

For something as bulky and high-profile as Nightmare I can imagine it would be hard to find a taker as it took a long time to make and is quite a personal thing.

22 Jan 2009 - 15:399969
I slot my old vampire hunter D outfit on ebay it was my first and didnt fit me anymore ^.^ i put the monnes twords more cosplay ^.^

22 Jan 2009 - 15:409970
Most cons have a bring & buy

So people can see and try before they buy

im sure people would love to buy it from ya even if it is a little damaged they can learn something from repairing it then maybe even make their own version XD

22 Jan 2009 - 16:089971
Bring and buy is a good idea, though I have to agree- nightmare isn't really something I can sell.

I just realised that the suit incorporates a pair of boots that we want back, so I'm going to have to destroy it further. I think Matt wants to keep the sword and helmet though, so I won't throw that away. The rest, unless someone needs a pattern for a suit of armour will probably just be thrown.

I've got a couple of costumes that probably could be sold off though, but not too sure if I'm ready to get rid of them yet. Oh well, you might find some interesting stuff at the bring and buy at Minami!


23 Jan 2009 - 08:249986
I've never sold any of my old costumes. Purely as I never know when I might need them or parts of them.

I can imagine that something like Nightmare would be off putting to alot of buyers not so much that they wouldn't beinterested it would be more the cost of postage. If it dose fit into two suitcases then it will be expensive in postage costs.

I'm gald that you can make use of some of the parts.

23 Jan 2009 - 10:369989
I've never thrown any costumes out, but probably should - before I learned how to make clothes properly my costumes were all rather slapdash and I didn't expect them to last longer than whatever con I was going to wear them to. None of them will fit me anymore anyway, so I can't even salvage them for fabric.

I'm rather less inclined to throw my newer ones out because they actually feel like clothes rather than costumes, but wouldn't feel right about selling them on, partly because I have funny measurements and partly because I don't think my craftsmanship is quite good enough to put up for sale. None of them are too bulky at the moment, but I don't know what I'll do when I've accumulated a few more (and I expect that Viola's skirt will make things interesting...). Maybe house prices will have crashed enough that I'll actually be able to buy a house

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Last edited by Sillabub (23 Jan 2009 - 10:37)
23 Jan 2009 - 11:009991
Quote Sillabub:
I've never thrown any costumes out, but probably should - before I learned how to make clothes properly my costumes were all rather slapdash and I didn't expect them to last longer than whatever con I was going to wear them to. None of them will fit me anymore anyway, so I can't even salvage them for fabric.

I agree I never throw away or got rid of my cosplays. I keep my old ones around since I spent allot of money and time making them. My Optimus Prime cosplay I dubbed "The Mecha money pit" since he cost so much to make. I stopped counting after the price hit $400.00.

Cosplays are very much a niche item to sell on ebay and such. Very rarely will I ever buy a used cosplay unless I know 100% it will fit me and I have seen & inspected the cosplay in question.

I view every cosplay I do as encompassing a part of my mind body and soul. Therefore, to me my cosplays are worth way more than any monetary value.

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Last edited by nadesico81 (23 Jan 2009 - 11:01)
23 Jan 2009 - 13:4310004
I have two old cosplays that I don't wear anymore packed in a cupboard drawer. They don't fit me, yet I can't bring myself to throw them away - Partly because they were both made by my mum and I feel a little ungrateful getting rid of them only after a couple of wears, considering the work she put in them. I guess it serves as a reminder of how I started out in the cosplay world, as well.

23 Jan 2009 - 13:5910006
i really dunno what i'm going to do with my costumes long term. Al is a spacehogger, briareos is going to be just as bad and the mystic is going to take up a room by my estimate.

sell them? i dunno... i really dunno. i'm pretty attached to everything i do, but space is going to be an issue within the next year or so, so it might become a necessity.

23 Jan 2009 - 14:0910007
I took all 200 odd pins out of my Charles wig... It's now gathering dust under my bed ontop of the boat Deisel tank XD

Other than that I'd like to keep them all XD

Type Mercury is already getting FAR too large for the boat ¬_¬

23 Jan 2009 - 14:5710010
I can never bring myself to throw away old cosplays, you never know when I might decide to revamp it and rewear it again [if it's bad, if I like it then I'll just rewear it]. Even if the cosplay sucks I'm still attached to it, plus sometimes I can use the cosplay for materials like I made a top once then hacked it to pieces for extra materials ohohoho.

I keep promising myself I'd rewear some of my old cosplays sometime, but new cosplays get in the way thus upsetting my bank account xD;

23 Jan 2009 - 23:5310019
I'm another hoarder. I keep promising to myself I'll reuse some of them, but I never do. To be fair, Hiyori's costume is the only one that I haven't worn in bits and pieces casually, and that's just because I don't want to be mistaken for a chav.

I'm probably too short and fat to sell any of mine on anyway, so I'll just keep upsetting my bank balance/storage space.

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24 Jan 2009 - 21:5110043
I have a few costumes that dont fit me anymore but I cant see myself getting rid of them anytime soon.
Mainly because they cost LOTS of money and my first costumes are kinda special =]

Perhaps I should put them on ebay...

24 Jan 2009 - 22:2910045
ive got a mass of props and accesories growing XD
and im quickly running out of space, thankfully theyre all in pretty good condition so i may try and flog a few of them XD
as for the costumes ive made, i tend to re-use the fabric and re-use the patterns ^^ and use whatevers left to practice on a sewing machine XD

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26 Jan 2009 - 12:3210094
making something thats my own is one of my biggest draws to cosplay, as a result I find it very hard to part with any of my old costumes, I even have several other wessex costumes stashed away in my loft.

Most of my costumes are on a clothes rail in my work room - running out of space there!
Prime and my big props live in my entrance hall, which is thankfully very tall.

My armour costumes live in the loft, unfortunately I had to have a sort out when my plumbing needed re-routing and that led to the sad demise of Gekiganger and Gettarobo.
The first time I have had to throw a costume out

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26 Jan 2009 - 17:3510102
It's times like these that I am glad that I'm limiting myself to 1-2 costumes a year, so there are only a few, but they are epic.

For now, I do have space to store them ^^ if I start running out, then they might go into a cardboard box and into the attic, or under the stairs, or into a relative's house (like your old room at your parent's place, or in the mother-in-law's cellar). Otherwise, I re-use bits of it for either more cosplay, or as everyday wear (for example, cool belts, boots or jewellery can worn normally in other fashion).


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Last edited by sonia_leong (26 Jan 2009 - 17:36)
26 Jan 2009 - 21:2710109
I've had to get rid of a couple of my really old stuff. I lost so much weight (I'm now half my body size from when I first started cosplaying). What I did was sell them to a fancy dress shop. Some wil be quite happy to take some stuff off your hands for a reasonable price as long as its well made.

For the most part I keep them. I definatly plan to keep my Sephiroth and my trinity blood cosplays due to the amount of work going into them.

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