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How I Finally Washed All The Stuff in My Costume Box

Updated: May 18, 2023 09:15
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If there’s one thing that we love to do in San Francisco, it’s put on weird costumes and party. Whether it’s Bay to Breakers, How Weird Street Festival, Burning Man, Halloween, or whatever bizarre new “holiday” ends up on the calendar this year, partying in random outfits is our specialty.

But most of us have a very dirty secret: none of the stuff in our costume boxes has ever been washed. Ok, maybe some articles were washed like seven years ago because something egregious happened during Santa Con, but you and I both know that most of your costumes are filthy.

I mean, who wants to spend a bunch of time and money washing a decade’s worth of costumes?

Luckily, there’s Tumble!

With Tumble you get:

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Price Per Bag, Not Per Pound: While other local S.F. laundry services leave you to add up mystery math, Tumble’s flat pricing makes handing over your precious laundry a ‘no-brainer’. 

In-App Tracking, Real-Time Status: Get mobile notifications using Tumble’s app so you can keep tabs on your laundry, and leave more time for planning your next wild outfit. 

50% Off Your First Order: If you sign up between now and May 31st, your first order is only $30 which is 50% off. Tumble will give you your own large laundry bag for pickup and delivery, which can hold 40-50 lbs of laundry!

I had A LOT of costumes that hadn’t been washed in a very long time – if ever – so I teamed up with Tumble to make the hilarious video below:


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Whether you loathe laundry or just need to look “festival fresh” on the fly, Tumble has got you covered. 

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.