Actually, that costumer is fairly, inexpensive, compared to others. Of course, one doesn't necessarily have to purchase their items from the "clown shops." One of the best tidbits I garnered early on in clowning came when I asked a clown where she got her costume pants. She explained that they were from a men's shop, which sold colorful clothing. (I understand that -48- would guard the entrance to the dressing room as she tried stuff on!) Others have related interesting stories about where they purchased hats, vests, shoes..... everything from second hand or thrift shops, clowns emptying their closets, just normal shoe or clothing shops (I had a couple of great finds, myself, - ON SALE - just this past weekend while out Christmas shopping downtown.) People often ask me where I obtained my plaid jacket, and usually assume it was custom made by a clown costumer..... to which I proudly reply, "Four dollars and fifty cents at thrift!"