Bargain Basement

or “OMG I Can’t Believe Someone Got Rid of That!”

In these days of widespread advice on the internet about simplifying your life and the “KonMari” method, isn’t it nice that there’s a place you can donate the parts of your stash that no longer spark joy? The Bargain Basement at Costume College is that place!

Those patterns you don’t use anymore or your children have now outgrown? That fabric someone gave you that’s hideous? That fabric you bought 15 years ago and you now think is hideous? A tired bunch of notions? That “spare” sewing machine and craft supplies you never got around to using? Donate all of it to the Bargain Basement! Please be aware, however, that we cannot accept some kinds of items, such as electronics (electronic sewing machines are ok), spray paints, or any item that would incur a “hazardous waste disposal” fee if we cannot sell it. If you want suggestions, ideas, even moral support for donating something, then e-mail Carolyn Richardson at:

The proceeds from our Bargain Basement go to create new scholarships for the following year’s Costume College, as well as other CGW events. These scholarships help students attend Costume College who otherwise would not be able to come.  And because it’s all going for a good cause, you can get donation receipts for tax purposes.  However, once an item is donated, it cannot be reclaimed by the donor (unless you come to our sale and buy it, of course!).

Unfortunately, except in rare circumstances, we cannot take anything from anyone before Costume College starts.  If you wish to donate but won’t be attending, you can send items with a friend who’s coming.  You can also mail packages to Carolyn Richardson, c/o of the Warner Center Marriott Hotel where Costume College is being held, timed to arrive a day or two before the start of the sale on Sunday.  Donation receipts can be mailed back. If you have any questions or are looking for a “pony express” for your items, please let us know and we’ll see if we can help with arrangements.

Special Items: If you’re donating something special, please bring it to our attention.  In a change from prior years, we will not be holding a Silent Auction. We haven’t quite decided what we will do to replace the Silent Auction, and will likely announce it closer to CoCo on the Facebook forum page and on the College’s website. So stay tuned!

Shopping Procedures on Sunday: Because of space constrictions, we must limit to 35 the number of people shopping in the Bargain Basement (35) from 7:30am to 10:30am. Because of complaints of queue jumping from prior years, we will hand out pre-numbered tickets at 6:30AM to those waiting in line, one number per person. You must be in line to receive a number to enter, and you must show proof of CoCo attendance to receive a number (i.e., your badge). This will allow shoppers to leave the line to visit the bathroom or Starbucks without losing their place. Please line up by number starting at 7:15 to prepare to enter the room.  Only CoCo students, teachers, and volunteers will be admitted before 11:00AM.

Wheeled carts or rolling luggage cannot be brought into the room.  We will hand out large shopping bags to monitor how many people are in the room at any time – personal bags are not allowed. Once your bag is full, you must check out. Stacking items in the room or at the checkout desk is not permitted. You are welcome to join any remaining line and re-enter when the people ahead of you have had their chance. Cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted for payment. Please be courteous of the people still waiting in line and try to do your shopping quickly. It helps if you visit the Bargain Basement ahead of time to see what items are for sale in advance, and where they are located (although we reserve the right to move items around in the room to pack as much into the space as we can).

At 11am, we will start selling large trash-style bags for $5.  You may then fill up that bag with ANY remaining item(s).

Volunteer! Don’t forget to volunteer! It’s an enormous job to organize donations for the Bargain Basement, control the crowd during the sale, and we can use all the help we can get. Get a first look at the wonderful items donated by helping us sort and organize!

–Carolyn Richardson, Bargain Basement Chair, & Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Prill, Assistant

Bargain Basement 2020 Hours (subject to change):

Thursday:  8pm – 10pm – Donation Drop-off, Salon B

Friday:  9am – 5pm – Donation Drop-off & Perusal, Salon A & B

Saturday:  9am – 3pm – Donation Drop-off  (Perusal until 4PM – NO DONATIONS AFTER 3PM, NO EXCEPTIONS!)

Sunday:  7:30am-12:00pm (noon) – Open for sale! – Salons A & B

Located in Salon A & B, around the corner from the Dealer’s Room and down the hall toward the parking structure. Shoppers are welcome to come by and peruse whenever the Bargain Basement is open. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS IN THE HALLWAY!