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Thrifty Halloween costumes in tough economy

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Many last minute shoppers were scrabbling to put together a costume for the weekend. But with hard economic times, people are thinking twice about spending a lot of money.

As the old music from glen miller plays off this old 8-track player, new shoppers are hitting the racks at Dubuque's Rescue Mission Thrift Store. "I know they've got a bunch of excellent and cheap stuff," said Michael McCarty. And on the eve of Halloween these shoppers are looking from something fast, and cheap. "There's a lot of old stuff, a lot of costumes and jewery and shoes and wigs and all that kinda stuff," said Will McIntee

This year when it comes to costume Halloween costume shopping, the old is the new and most often the cheapest. Store manager Mark Burns says the average person spends $75 on a Halloween costume. And with they way the economy is going, he's seen a rise in shoppers at the thrift store.

"This year more people are just looking at it as perhaps an expense that they can cut back on and if you can find something that's going to work for you and your can spend $5-10 then a lot of people are doing that," said Burns. While it's busy the week of Halloween, burns says over all business has picked up. Thrift stores in general are a great place to cut a few corners here and there and still look great doing it."

So whether you're here to find a costume, or just simple browse the store, dressing up in old, is new and cheap.

Believe it or not thrift store workers say, the best costumes, come in the week after Halloween.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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