Costume Source: UK Dance Costume Hire

Costume Source: UK dance costume hire

Your costumes,
our platform.

Like many dance teachers, you probably own costumes that you've bought for shows in the past.

You might have used them a few times, maybe even hired them out,
but now they are probably sat somewhere doing nothing.

Wouldn't it be better if your costumes earned you money?

With Costume Source they can!

Partner with Costume Source

We store, look after and hire out your costumes as if they were ours.

Each time we hire out one of your costumes, we pay you a percentage of the hire charge.

Your costumes remain your property. We simply look after them and 'work them' on your behalf.

There are no fees or costs for you - we simply pay you each time your costumes get hired out.

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Who does what?

We You
Submitting Costumes
  • Check every single costume
  • Photograph
  • Add to our system
  • Place in costume bags
  • Warehouse
  • Put your costumes in a box
  • Send them to us using the free shipping label we send you
Day to day
  • Store and maintain your costumes
  • Advertise and find customers for your costumes
  • Take orders
  • Communicate with customers
  • Manage payments
  • Pick, pack and ship bookings
  • Check costumes back in
  • Clean and repair as required
  • Nothing.

Who pays?

We You
Submitting Costumes
  • Shipping
  • Processing
  • Photography
  • Nothing.
Day to day
  • Warehousing
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Stock control
  • Insurance
  • Staff
  • Costume bags
  • Hangers
  • Boxes and packaging
  • Shipping
  • Website
  • Technical infrastructure
  • Card processing fees
  • Cleaning
  • Repairs
  • Nothing.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get started?

Send us an email and tell us about what you have.

If your costumes sound suitable, we'll send you a shipping label so you can send them to us (at our expense).

We'll then go through everything. We'll hang on to the costumes we want and send anything else back to you.

We'll then add the costumes we've kept to our system and they'll become available for hire.

This whole process normally takes under a week, so you can start earning as quickly as possible.

Will you stop buying new costumes?

No! It is in everyone's interests for us to keep expanding our range and offering more costumes.

Partnering with us allows you and your costumes to share in this growth and supply your costumes to a wider audience.

What about quality?

Quality is really important to us.

We will only accept good quality garments with no signs of wear and tear.

Won't you make sure your costumes go out instead of mine?

No! Costume allocation is completely automated and worked out when the booking is placed.

Our algorithms ensure costumes go out equally so they have even wear. This also ensures all our partners get an equal bite at the cherry without anyone having preferential treatment.

What about when I need them?

Just let us know (in good time!) and we'll book them out for you so no-one else can book them for that period.

We'll send them to you ready for your show and you send them back to us when you are done. Obviously you won't pay or be paid for using your own costumes!

Why shouldn't I just hire my costumes out myself?

Anyone who has hired out costumes, knows how hard it is! Stock control, finding customers, taking care of payments, picking and packing, checking back in, cleaning, repairing, storage - none of it is easy.

On top of that you have to buy the costumes in the first place, keep adding to your stock, and removing old stock. It might look easy from the outside, but it really isn't!

We already have the experience as well as the systems and staff in place to deal with all of that. We also have the customers and market share to make it a success.

How will my costumes be stored? Is it all safe?

It is in our interest to look after all our stock!

Your costumes will be stored on costume rails alongside our costumes in our fully-insured, clean, secure, climate-controlled warehouse.

When do I get paid?

We'll pay you at the end of each month via bank transfer.

We'll pay you for the bookings that have completed already that month with any active bookings being paid the next month.

There are no targets to hit before we make a payment and no ceiling on how much we will pay. We won't deduct 'service fees', 'transfer fees', or anything else like that.

What if a costume gets damaged or goes missing?

If something happens to one of your costumes while it is on hire and we aren't able to repair or replace it, we'll pay you a replacement cost.

What about storage / cleaning / insurance / shipping / payments / etc.?

We take care of all of that.

You don't need to worry about (or pay for) a thing.

Will you tell me who you have hired my costumes out to?

No, we won't disclose our customers' details to you and our customers won't know who actually owns the costumes they've hired. There are no special markings or labels, but we know who owns each and every garment.

How much could I make?

This depends on a number of factors. How many costumes you submit, the style and popularity of the costumes, how many others we stock, etc.

That said, we hire out thousands of costumes each and every month and we are getting busier month on month.

Partnering with us allows you to be part of that growth and ensures your costumes make more money than simply being in storage or even you hiring them out yourself.

How do you work out hire prices?

We use our experience and existing hire data to work out pricing.

We always aim to keep pricing fair, taking in to account a number of factors - not just the purchase price of the costume.

As a business, we never compete on price.

We will not undervalue items to drive business or cut the price of your costumes to simply make a sale.

Are there restrictions to the costumes I can submit?

We only stock good quality costumes.

We don't do cheap and nasty and we don't do fancy dress!

We are interested in any costumes that we already stock. If we don't already stock it, we are only interested if you have at least ten (but hopefully many more). Apart from that, there is no upper or lower limit to the number of costumes you can submit to us.

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