They've been collecting for a few weeks now. You can drop off your gently used costumes at four locations:
- Atherton Market 2104 South Boulevard - Open Tuesday 9am - 7 pm Wednesday through Saturday 9 am - 2 pm
- The Boulevard at SouthEnd 1440 South Tryon Street 980-219-7526
- Eco-licious 1916 Commonwealth Ave 704-966-7030
- TCBY at Blackeney Shopping Center 9864 Rea Road 704-341-2002
They are taking all sizes up to pre-teens. For each costume you drop off, you're given a ticket. That ticket entitles you to one costume at the swap. This year, thanks to great turnout in 2011, they're holding two swaps. The first swap is October 13th at Atherton Market and second at The Big South 5K finish line at the Blakeney Shopping Center October 20th.
Last year about 175 kids dressed in costumes from the swap. "If you consider probably 25-30 dollars at least on a new costume I'd say we've saved local families quite a bit of money," Branham told me.