DIY Children Halloween Costumes on a Budget

By the time summer festivities come to an end and the new school year is under way, Halloween is right around the corner. Shopping for children’s costumes is stressful and expensive, as they are always for one-time use. DIY Halloween costumes are a great option for the crafty mom. Using old fabrics around the house, clothes your children has outgrown or transforming last year’s Halloween costume can be easy and save a great deal this Halloween.

“There is such a large variety of great costume ideas out there,” says Michelle Thompson, consignment expert of Swap.com. “With just a little bit of creativity and effort, it’s easy to save big and have your child stand out.”

Here are this year’s best DIY children Halloween costumes for every mom on a budget.

Mad Scientist:

More than likely, your little one will already have a pair of khakis and a plaid shirt. All you need is a white lab coat and lab goggles. Add a few finishing touches such as; a cute bowtie, yellow gloves and pens for pocket flair. Complete the look with a wild wig or if there hair is long add hairspray, and your little Einstein is ready to go!

Superheroes:

Superhero costumes are fun and extremely easy to make with items you already have. Take an existing track outfit or brightly colored, matching shirt and pants. Add colorful tape to decorate the outfit and make their favorite superhero sign. Another option; extra fabric around the house can make a quick cape, pair with comfortable leggings, purchase a mask or facepaint and you have a DIY superhero!

Raining Cats & Dogs:

This costume is super cute and fun to make. There are two routes for this costumes. The first, take a clear umbrella, you will need cat and dog stickers. Place the stickers on the clear umbrella, pair it with their favorite raincoat and boots. The second, take a few stuffed animals of cats and dogs and glue them to the umbrella and your kiddo will be the talk of school with their creative outfit.

Deep Sea Scuba Diver:

This is a great out-of-the box costume idea and easy to make with existing items. What you will need for the scuba gear; goggles, wet shoes and black gloves. Pair this with a black hoodie or long johns for underneath the accessories. For the air tank, take two 2-liter Coke bottles, and paint them silver or yellow. Duct tape them together and glue them to the back of a black sweatshirt. To add a finishing touch, you can use a tube or cord and cut a hole in the bottle and attach the cord to one side of the shoulder.

Little Piggy:

Take an old pink sweatshirt (2-3 sizes larger than your child), cut the arms and hood off. Sew or glue the edges showing to make a clean look for the arms, head and bottom. With the extra fabric and hood, you can make a hat and ears to pin to the hood. For the nose; you can paint on the pink, purchase a nose or cut a toilet paper roll and paint it pink. Pair this with pink pants or tights and a pink long sleeve undershirt.

Other Animals:

Follow the little piggy instructions above. Animals are super simple to make with existing items around the house. All you need is a sweatshirt that is cohesive with the animal’s color you are choosing, and extra fabric to glue for the specific markings of the animals. Take old tights, pants or play clothes to pair with, purchase a nose, ears and facepaint and you are set to DIY an adorable costume.

Thrift stores and consignment shops, such as Swap.com are a great option to find what you need at a low cost. Swap.com offers over 500 costumes from baby and toddler, girls and boys and even maternity costumes.

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Back to School on a Budget

After months spent in the sun, without a care in the world: swimming, playing, barbecuing, traveling and having fun, the time finally comes each year to end the fun and start thinking of those three words that bring joy to the heart of many parents and dread to kids all over the world: Back to School. But have no fear! There are simple ways to go back to school on a budget.

Going back to school requires a significant amount of preparation that can cut short summer’s fun activities. Kids need an extensive list of supplies to return to their academic life and also, in many cases, a new wardrobe to fit their growing bodies, their new fashion sense or simply to replace clothes that were too beat up by the end of the previous year. (more…)

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Traveling Fun For Everyone – Buy Card Games, Puzzles, Coloring Books…

Whether are going to your lake house a couple of hours away, on an airplane to a new destination or on a road trip around the United States, traveling with kids can challenge the most seasoned travelers.

Stocking up on movies, books, games and small toys can make the difference between a great experience and a nightmare to remember.

Summer traveling can put a strain on your budget, so finding economical ways to entertain the kids is often mandatory. Consignment stores, like Swap.com, offer the perfect solution for stocking up on everything you need to have a smooth trip, without breaking the bank.

Here are some ideas to pass the time easily on the go:

  • Movies are a great way to kill wait time at airports and keep kids occupied and quiet in the car. At consignment stores you can often purchase 4 or 5 movies for the price of just one at a regular retailer. The selection is often comparable to that of stores. Swap.com has hundreds of movie titles for kids and adults alike in its site.

  • Books are always fantastic options to keep everyone occupied for hours. Consignment stores offer hundreds of titles for young children, independent readers and adults alike. Books entertain everyone on the go and also once you’ve arrived at your destination.

  • Puzzles and coloring books can be used on the plane easily when you lower the food tray and also in the car using a cheap lap tray. Once you reach your vacation spot, kids can continue to play with these items during downtime, or bring them to restaurants to keep them busy during longer meal times.

  • Classic games such as card games are always fun and easy to transport. Consignment stores offer a variety of compact travel games such as Rush Hour Traffic Jam game, memory card games, dominoes and a variety of infant sensory toys, most of them under $10.

And last, but not least, don’t forget to check out the baby gear selection with infant carriers, blankets, bibs, travel changing pads, bags and a variety of like-new and new travel accessories for a fraction of the cost.

This summer, make traveling fun and memorable for everyone shopping at consignment stores.

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Pamper the kids with loads of gifts!

 

Pamper the kids with A green Christmas

Make sure it’s going to be the kids’ favorite holiday! Get them lots of gifts! Thanks to families like yours Swap.com is filled with great green gifts in New with Tags and Like New condition Toys & Games, Kids’ Clothes, and Books, and more comes in every day.

Making Christmas amazing does not need to cost a fortune. Buying pre-loved toys has a true meaning and your money lasts further.

Swap.com Gift Certificates are also available.

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Get Your Items in on Santa’s Sleigh

Holiday countdown begins

Whether you believe the holiday shopping season is starting a bit too early, or you’re enjoying seeing glimpses of Rudolph in the aisles at your local store, the demand is clear: our users are on the lookout for gifts to fill Santa’s sleigh. If you have unused toys or clothing for the winter season, now is the time to send them in!

SEll your extra kids’ items now

Make money for your gift-giving fund. It’s time to send in the kids’ items suited as gifts and anything useful for the winter season. You can also take the advantage of swapping your items for the items you want.

Toys wanted, not coal! 

Shop early for stress-free christmas eve

On Swap.com we have great deals on New with Tags and Like New condition Toys & Games, Kids’ Clothes, and Books, and more comes in every day.

Make it even easier for yourself: skip the need of assembling new toys by buying pre-loved toys this time around and the work is already done for you! And you won’t overload the garbage man because most of our items are package-free.

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