This is the time of year when local thrift stores really shine. Consumer Bob reports.
Shoppers are crowding the aisles at the Disabled American Veterans thrift store in Chula Vista and it has a lot to do with the calendar.
"October is our largest month of the whole year," said Teri Sutton with the DAV. She said Halloween brings people to thrifts store that may not normally shop for used clothes.
Adam Simons walked through the Goodwill looking for something to wear for a Halloween party, he found a $15 dollar leather vest.
"You can't beat that, that's fantastic," said Simons.
Goodwill Industries sets up special displays for Halloween shoppers. The row of wigs, hats, shoes and dresses are popular for penny pinching customers. The best thing about shopping at thrift stores isn't just the price but the variety.
"It's the ultimate finder paradise," said Goodwill's Beth Forsberg, "when you shop at Goodwill for Halloween, the person next to you is not going to have the same thing on."
While many specialty stores sell costumes for $50 and more, thrift store officials say you can easily find a costume for less than $20.
But those same thrift stores say it's smart to shop now. Halloween shoppers started hitting the aisles late last month. And what do you do with your costume after Halloween? Thrift stores suggest you donate them back.