How to Save on Dress Up Clothes

HOW TO SAVE ON DRESS UP CLOTHES: Kids LOVE playing dress up and it’s great for boosting their creativity. Is there anything better than pretending to be a princess, a superhero, or an animal? Dress up clothes can be expensive for the dramatic play area. I was thrilled when I learned how to save on dress up clothes. 

Kids LOVE playing dress up and it’s great for boosting their creativity. Is there anything better than pretending to be a princess, a superhero, or an animal? Dress up clothes can be expensive for the dramatic play area. I was thrilled when I learned how to save on dress up clothes. 

I love supplying my kids with a ton of creative supplies to enjoy dramatic play with all the dress up clothes they can imagine.

Kids learn so much through dramatic play. It helps them express their feelings, try different roles and see what it’s like to be someone else and work through their problems in a safe way. There is so much more going on during dramatic play than meets the eye. They need pretend play for growth and development.

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Small receiving blankets and bandanas are a great resource that doesn’t cost a fortune. They can be used to wrap babies, as blankets for playing house, tied up as a pouch to carry things in, You can make them into a picnic blanket or table cloth. Kids can tie them around their heads, wrists, or waist as super hero or rock star gear. The uses are limitless. I always have several available.

How to Save on Dress Up Clothes

Bags of all kinds can be used as diaper bags, purses, totes or any number of other things when kids are playing pretend. Plastic or real keys on rings are a big favorite for kids to pretend they get to drive a car. Kids also love wallets to put their stuff in. They can be old wallets you are done using or plastic toy ones, the kids don’t care.

Another great item for dramatic play is big button up shirts. Kids can pretend they are using them to dress up as doctors, veterinarians or pretend they are suits to be a business person or preacher or whatever they wish. These are always a big hit at Little Sprouts.

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Dress up clothes can be super expensive in the daycare/teacher supply stores. Another great way to get dress up clothes that won’t break the bank is by getting Halloween costumes.

Many times I have had daycare parents give me old costumes their kids grew out of. My mother in law used to work at Wal-Mart and she would buy me costumes on clearance after Halloween for my dress up center. There’s nothing like blessings from other people.

Oriental Trading Company offered me some costumes in exchange for my honest opinion about them on the blog. All opinions on the costumes are completely my own. I jumped on the chance to see if their costumes were quality and would last in the dress up center.

I chose Captain America, Elsa, and a Ninja Turtle. We have been playing with them like crazy and they are super durable.



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The costumes are not very expensive, click here to see their selection. They are inexpensive enough to use for Halloween or a great price for filling your dramatic play area as well. I prefer to choose costumes that don’t have pants because those are hard for my young children to get off and on by themselves.

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Captain America costume.

The Captain America is super cute, equipped with big muscles and everything. Sometimes the kids put it on backward and have super pumped backs. I think that’s so cute. It came with a mask that looks awesome. The kids all love to be a super hero. Who doesn’t?

They have put this costume on and off 100 times and it is still holding up like new. It’s definitely worth the price and a great addition to my dress up center.

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Elsa Costume.

The Elsa dress is a dream come true for my little girls. Several of my girls have had them at home and loved bringing them over, so I knew the kids would love to have one here. It’s super cute with great features that remind them of the movie. Everyone loves being a princess.

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Ninja Turtle Costume.

The Ninja Turtle costume is by far my favorite. It has a chest plate and a turtle shell for their back. The costume is super cool looking. It also comes with not just one face mask, but all 4, so the kids can choose which turtle they want to be any time.

It’s fun to be able to change your mind. Even better is that 4 kids can be superheroes or Ninja Turtles, so that’s even more bang for your buck.

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All of the Oriental Trading costumes are holding up well. I was surprised by the quality for the price they are listed. I would totally recommend you ordering from Oriental for your Halloween needs, and of course, you can do like I did and use them in your dress up center.

They are a great way to get costumes your kids will love without having to spend a ton of money. They have a huge variety of costumes to choose from in so many sizes, even for adults.

How do you stock your dramatic play area?

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How to Save on Dress Up Clothes

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15 comments

  1. Kayla says:

    You’re welcome! Can’t wait to read more!

  2. Yavonna B says:

    Great Ideas 🙂 thanks for the head up about Oriental Trading !!

  3. Very cool costumes and I love all of your cost-saving ideas. Buying them in the Halloween stores before the holiday is a fortune!

  4. Kayla says:

    I loved dress up when I was a kid. It’s so cool to that you don’t even have to pay that much and they’re having such a fun experience that isn’t over in just a day!

  5. This is such a great idea! I used to love dressing up as a kid! I wish we had had more choice, but we didn’t have many shops that sold dress up clothes when I was young!

  6. Grady says:

    This is great! I used to work for a preschool and the dress-up center was HUGE in those kids’ world! Such helpful ideas here!

  7. Sweet! I love Oriental Trading Company. We often get prizes for our Harvest Party from them, and also for our Sunday School store! I’m planning my Christmas plaid table cloth roll from them for our Rustic Christmas at Church.

    Your kiddos are mighty cute! <3

  8. Kristin Cook says:

    Mr. Captain America is looking like a tough little dude. lol.

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