I probably shouldn’t be allowed into thrift stores.
Why? Well, a week or two ago, I needed some dress pants. My sister, the shopping master, once managed to walk out of a thrift store with three designer pairs of dress pants for a fraction of the original cost. Amazing.
So I decided to follow suit.
I blame it on the diversity of the thrift store. In a typical store, you only find current clothes, the latest fashions. In a thrift store, you don’t know what you’ll find. The unfashionable. The ill-fitting. The cast-aways of other people. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Thus, when I saw a black graduation robe, I couldn’t help but think,
I couldn’t resist. I couldn’t. I went off and bought a matching shirt
and Ravenclaw-colored tie
and a cardigan, some leggings, and nice shoes, and there you have it: a rough estimation of Cho Chang’s outfit!
And, just because I’m that dorky, I decided that
Solution: make a wand. Out of wood. Hand-carved wood.
After quite a bit of effort, I finally finished. Chestnut wood is way harder than I expected. But at least, I have a costume for Anime Boston! (Am I preparing a bit too much in advance? It’s likely.)
And here’s the finished costume!