S. asks from Rocky River, OH on July 28, 2006
K.P. answers from Cincinnati on September 20, 2006
I have a 8 year old who loves to dress up we let her have all the old halloween costumes and old clothes (shirts that i dont wear anymore) and when we have a few extra dollars we go to goodwill and the thrift stores deals galore, just wash them properly when you get home.I am also a single mom of two girls 14 and 8, i work full time out of the home so money is tight but we manage
L.C. answers from Springfield on September 18, 2006
My daughter loves dress up too. But we are mighty poor right now with my husband in graduate school. The only way she gets something new is if I have credit at Children's Orchard. She has grandparents that send her dresses that I would NEVER put on her in public, I just add them to her dress up clothes! So far her favorite hobby literally hasn't cost us any money, which is great for now!
J.V. answers from St. Louis on July 31, 2006
Lillian Vernon has a 24 piece trunk of dress up costumes with wigs and shoes that are inspired fromt he disney movie (Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Cinderella, etc). Here is the direct link (if it doesn't work go to lillianvernon.com and click on Lilly's Kids then Kids Toy Box and then Toys 2-4 yrs). Good luck. http://www.lillianvernon.com/catalog/product_display.jsp?...
R.D. answers from Grand Rapids on July 29, 2006
My daughter lives and breathes dress-up!!! Santa brought her a lot at christmas time that he happed to get right after Halloween for 75% off. Lots of mine comes from garage sales. I like to get dress up grown up clothes and cut some off at the bottom, or just fancy older kids dresses. Thrift stores are good for that too! Dollar General has boa's for $1. IF feathers around the house bother you get christmas garland in pretty colors and let them use that as a boa.
Have fun with it.
K.V. answers from Detroit on July 29, 2006
My kids all love dress up as well. I check at local mom-to-mom sales and garage sales (though I am very selective about which garage sales) for old halloween costumes and accessories (shoes, jewelry, capes, etc.). Another great strategy is to hit the stores in the week after Halloween. Last year I bought each of my kids a full "dress up" outfit for very little money and gave it to them at Christmas as a gift.
K.K. answers from Kansas City on July 30, 2006
Check out Kansas City Toy and Constructive Playthings, at 103rd and State Line. They have lots of hats, plastic jewelry, masks, and other dress up items in children's sizes.
L.M. answers from Columbus on July 29, 2006
Thrift stores are a great place to find dress-up clothes. Take your daughter with you and allow her to choose. She will have her own ideas of what she can use and what she con't. She may also enjoy things that you would use in every-day life as props for her play.
D.Q. answers from Dayton on July 29, 2006
The best place I found to buy dress up clothes is Goodwill. Especially on the last weekend of the month,they have everything in the store at half off. You can get a dress for .50. Just look for older girls clothing and for adult shirts. They seem to like those alot. Anything with alot of color too. Once she gets in her dress up clothes, have a tea party or let her set up all her dolls and stuffed animals and have one with them. If grandma is close by invite her for the tea party too. Other than that,if she is using her imagination, I would just let her roll with it. She seems to be having fun with what she is doing. You could also make a salon day and do her makeup and nails. They love that.
S.B. answers from Tulsa on August 09, 2006
I get a ton of stuff at the thrift store. I also let them have some minimal makeup on days we do not have anywhere to go. It gets messy but my two girls, 3 and 2, have so much fun with it. I also let them pose for pictures after they have dressed up. I keep it all in a tub under the bed. I also bought some costume jewelry at garage sales and stuff.
C.F. answers from Lansing on July 29, 2006
I don't have any girls only boys, but I love lillianvernon.com and I've noticed in the little girl section that they have a couple of different dress-up trunks, prices range from $15-$40-depending on how much you add to it. You might want to check it out, also I don't know if she's a Disney fan but they even have a Disney Princess themed one. Hope this helps
K.E. answers from Wausau on July 29, 2006
Goodwill, St. Vincent dePaul, or the Salvation army would all be good places to pick up dress up items--just wash the items first. Also, Michael crafts has all sorts of dress up related materials you could use to MAKE dress up accessories.