Have you ever opened the back of your closet, stared at your old dance tutus, and wondered what in the world you were going to do with them? Of course, letting them go doesn't seem like the greatest option. It's never easy letting go of things like that. They probably hold fond memories of the dance recitals where you wore them. Or maybe you're thinking of other kids you know that might want them. But when you think about it, it's probably time to say goodbye. Of course, if those old ballet costumes are of any good quality, it would be a waste to keep forever in storage.
If you're having trouble thinking about what to do with them, here are a few suggestions:
Let's face it. We can't just shove these things in the back of our closets forever. If you're going to be storing them for any time, you'd better plan to use some kind of protection for them. You'll need to find a way to keep them that will protect them from dust, moisture, and dirt. Otherwise, you're going to start having a big problem on your hands.
If you have any kind of quality in your costumes, it might be a good idea to try selling them at a flea market or online. If your outfits are in good condition and have the time, you can make a few bucks from people who want to buy them.
Throwing them away is probably not your best option. And it would feel kind of wrong just to give them away to someone who might not take good care of them. That's why you might want to consider donating them to a local dance studio or a local museum. If you know someone or have someone in the family who's taking ballet, you might want to consider giving them your old costumes to use.
You can turn your old tutus into something completely different if you have a little imagination. You can make them into pillows, vests, even into a purse. How about making them into a dress for your daughter? Upcycling the tutus will help you get the most use out of them, and it's a fun project to take on. It's also a great way to make them special for someone you love.
Save Them for Costume Parties
Finally, if you're not ready to get rid of the tutus entirely, you can keep them as part of your costume collection. That way, you'll save them from being thrown out, and you'll have them to wear for costume parties. You've probably heard about the costume parties that people have thrown for Halloween, New Year's Eve and so on. You can also have a fun party where the guests wear costumes incorporating the tutus. Either way, the tutus will be full of memories and fun.
The Bottom Line
These costumes mean a lot to a dancer. They're a symbol of the growth and achievement you've made in the art. However, despite how much you love them, it's probably time to let them go. If you're ready to do that, you can sell them or donate them for someone else to use. And if you'd rather hold onto them, you can recycle them and upcycle them into something new and more fun.
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