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Costume shops drop in sales

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Some costume shops are suffering as residents in the Borderland are spending less this Halloween.

ABC Party World in El Paso has seen frightfully low sales in recent weeks.

"We haven't sold as many masks as we used to," said retailer Brett Navarrete, at ABC Party World. "I think a lot of it had to do with the government furlough. I think that scared some people."

However, some stores, like Savers, that sell both new and used costumes, are actually seeing a boost in Halloween sales.

"We get a lot of people here on a budget, and they can't afford the $39 or $49 costumes," said store manager Kerry Carmano. "The fact that we do have the used costumes, we can offer them at a greater price."

Upper Valley resident Socorro Ramirez prefers used costumes over new ones.

"You just use the costume once, and you're never going to use it again," Ramirez said. "So why not try to save a little bit of money, if you're on a budget?

Carmona said that the secret to saving is knowing what you want when you come in so that retailers will better be able to assist you.

She added that buying a costume in pieces can also help save a buck.

"Even if someone finds a used princess costume that's missing a piece, they can still buy a new pair of wings," Carmona said.

The National Retail Federation said the average person will spend $75.03 on costumes, candy and decorations this year.



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