Yesterday we mentioned those who, despite their enthusiasm to take part in the Sport Relief Mile (other worthwhile fund-raising events are also available) do not feel they can afford a fancy dress costume, for the very good reason that they would like all the money they raise to go to the charity. Obviously we can see the argument: In the wider context we do regularly get calls from people hoping we can give them cheap costumes or free costumes for charity events. Leaving aside the point that no matter how good the cause, the costumes still have to cleaned and processed after being worn, if people are wearing our costumes we want them (both the people and the costumes) to look good, as their quality reflects on us. The way forward here is a second line of fund-raising in which you get sponsored to wear a particular costume – the sponsor(s) gets to see you dress-up in a costume (perhaps of their choosing) and whilst the cost of hiring a good-quality outfit is covered by the sponsorship, you have a financial incentive to look good (and perhaps even gain some press-coverage if you stand out from the crowd).
Props & Frocks however does give the option of donating a free hire costume in exchange for some of our leaflets being handed out, this is not always possible as it depends on what the person is doing and if the charity allows this, but it is an option that can be considered by both parties.
It is also worth looking at our range of ex-hire costumes that are sold off all the time from our Essex base. To be honest, we’d recommend a visit to the shop to have a look.
And, don’t forget the items that are being discontinued and are available for sale at some really cheap prices, check out our range of sale items and grab yourself a fancy dress bargain