I want to pass this on to anyone here who is into making costumes or mascots. This is very cool!
There is a listing on Austin Freecycle for these. I picked up a few today. A very nice lady has about a dozen more of these in storage and is giving them away. They are the kind that give you the belly shape and zip up the back. The sizes are smaller/medium, medium and large.
I've seen these kind of pads retail for $70-$90 new. So this is very generous of her to give these away. They are gently used and in good shape.
Contact me for her email address.
note: I posted this under Cityguides, Central Texas. Didn't realize it would make the front page scroller for all regions. Sorry about that!