Bargain Basement

Like the rest of Costume College 2021, the Bargain Basement will be going virtual! While we have not worked out all the details yet, the committee has decided to continue our fundraising efforts so that once we go live again, we can offer new scholarships.

Update: Due to Ebay’s change of policy to not allow sellers to receive funds through PayPal, and are instead requiring that we link our bank account to Ebay directly, we have decided not to use Ebay for our Bargain Basement process.  Instead, we are looking to use a “Silent Auction” format where Costume College attendees can complete a form online, offering bids for specific items, which will then close at a specific time during Costume College 2021.  The winning bid will then be invoiced for the winning amount, and once they pay, we will ship the item(s) to them directly.

Promotions for the auctions will be taking place in the Lounge, and shared with attendees on our website. So, keep your eyes and ears open and help us make this a success!

Donors must be local to CGW (meaning Southern California) or able to get items to Southern California ahead of time. This is so the Bargain Basement staff can obtain items in advance, get pictures taken, and get the listings up at the beginning of the weekend. Items that must be mailed are mailed at the donor’s expense. Charitable contribution receipts for both the item and mailing costs will be provided, on request.

Items must be sufficiently unusual or rare enough to make it worthwhile to auction. So, in many ways, this is more like the silent auction portion of the Bargain Basement, and not the usual “thrift store” vibe. Do you have out-of-print costume books that are selling for too much money on Amazon, like the Janet Arnold books? Ten yards of Sartor silk you’ve decided just aren’t your color? American Duchess shoes that just didn’t work for your feet, but you didn’t return them? We want to talk to you!

Items must be sufficiently small enough that they can be easily shipped to the buyers in Priority Mail flat rate boxes. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Questions? Please ask.

Because of the need to mail things, we will be unable to accept items that are fragile or prohibited from being mailed.

If you think you have something that you would like to donate toward this effort, please email me with details and pictures ( Please make sure you put “Bargain Basement Donation” in the subject line so the message isn’t overlooked by accident.

Questions? Not sure? Please ask questions and I will try to get back to you promptly.

–Carolyn Richardson, Bargain Basement Chair