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Private Island Party {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

How was your Halloween last month, ya’ll!?  We went a little western and had a ball!

IMG_8092 copyI’d been planning this get-up for months and months, gradually gathering all the pieces and I was so excited to get the last few pieces from Private Island Party.  They are an online store of Halloween and party novelties and hundreds of accessories.  Orders can be 1 to 1000 items, and you also have the option of ordering in bulk for wholesale prices.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to use the items from my order because they didn’t arrive in time for Halloween.  Not even close, actually, even though the order was placed IN AUGUST.  A couple weeks after the order was placed, I received a call from the company explaining that one of the items was no longer available, so I chose a different style of cowboy hat on the spot, though it was really hard to understand each other because of a language barrier.

Several weeks later, I inquired about a tracking number, in hopes that these hats and sheriff badge would arrive by Halloween, and an employee told me he would check on the order status, while verifying that my shipping address and the list of three items was updated.  TWO AND A HALF months later, they arrived well after Halloween night, and the order wasn’t even accurate.  I received a Child Black Cowboy Felt Hat, a sheriff badge, and what was supposed to be an adult black cowboy hat (but was changed to a straw hat because of unavailability) arrived in the form of a Shark Hat.

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I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do with these except throw them in a “dress-up box”.  I sure wish the order had been accurate and they had arrived by Halloween!  Needless to say, I am not 100% impressed with this company, and I can’t really recommend them, but as far as the quality of the items goes, for the cost of the products, you are probably getting a good deal.  Most of these items are around $5, which makes it easy to put together an ensemble of costume accessories on a budget.

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The shark hat is a little scratchy, even though the fabric looks plush.  The cap is wide enough for an adult head, while still being a little shallow, making it difficult to stay on, especially with the weight of the dangling tail behind.

The cowboy hat is sturdy and doesn’t wilt or bend easily, which makes it a great costume hat for kids.  I think it will hold its shape well, and the Sheriff Badge will be a fun dress-up item.  I like that it doesn’t have a sharp pin on the back, but rather, a clip that can work on t-shirts and square pockets.

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If you’d like to order from Private Island Party, I do suggest placing your order 3 months ahead of time to ensure they arrive by the date you need.  To accommodate for potential inaccurate orders and time to ship back for replacements, perhaps ordering 6 months early would be wise.

Still, their inventory is impressive and surely you will find just what you’re looking for among what looks like hundreds and hundreds of fun props and costume pieces!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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