I needed a costume for our Halloween day at the karate school and I have always wanted to make a newsies costume, but when it came time I never could find just the right stuff to make it happen. This year I was out shopping looking for just the right stuff to make some kind of costume and came across a hat for the newsies costume idea. Well, I had one part but I still needed more to make it fit the right time period.
I decided to see if I could make it work so I went to Goodwill and found an old style shirt and pants that matched the hat almost exactly. Three parts down, I then bought suspenders from Walmart, a suit vest from Burlington coat factory and a burlap messenger bag from Hobby Lobby. Using an old pair of black tube socks I turned my pants into knickers and completed the outfit, a little bit of brown makeup to look dirty I looked like a newsies character.
In total the costume cost about $45 to make, most of the kids could figure out what I was but the parents all knew what I was and what time frame I came from.