Seven outfits you can buy on a budget at Diss-guise's closing down sale
PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 October 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 21 October 2018
Diss-guise, on Chapel Street, is sadly closing its doors at the end of the month.
Shop owner Adam Richards will be shutting up shop for good on October 26, when his three year lease ends.
Mr Richards makes some of his own costumes - a past favourite is Kylo Ren from Star Wars.
Mr Richards, 40, of Palgrave, said: “I’ve only made a few in the last few years I’ve been here by commission. I had one woman come in here and ask for an Ender Dragon for her son for World Book Day, so I got a load of cardboard boxes and made one! I had actually sold that since.
“I’ve made Jessie from Toy Story, Princess Leia, an Olaf onesie, the Joker and Harley Quinn, and others.”
The premises will be taken over by a recruiting agency.
Mr Richards said: “It never really crossed my mind to open up before but the opportunity came up. Two fancy dress shops closed down, I bought all their stock pretty cheap and thought I’d open up one here in between two counties.”
Costumes including superheroes, wedding dresses, vintage clothing, and an assortment of accessories are some of the items available to buy for less than £20.
“I’ve put too much money into it and it hasn’t been popular enough,” he said. “I think a major factor is that people are lazy nowadays, they’d rather sit at home and press a button instead of browsing at a shop.
“A lot of shops are closing down, I think that’s one of the main problems, due to technology society is getting lazy.
“I think one way to combat it is to have new shops open on the high street, keep VAT at 20pc for online shops and keep it at 17.5pc in shops because then that difference will balance out the costs. If you’ve got a shop open you’re paying a lot more overheads, you’ve got more chance of keeping the price the same.
“The reason why online shopping is cheaper is because they haven’t got the overhead bills.”