Sasquan Dealer’s Room Swag

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The Gods of the Dealer’s Room were merciful to us this year, but we came away with some very impressive swag. There were a lot of Alexander family favorites like Damsel in this Dress and Fae Built Inc and a lot we’d never seen before.

This year we were introduced to Steampunked Out. Their collection of clothing was impressive and had a polished practicality. Their stuff felt less like costumery and more like real clothes you’d actually wear all day. It was a pleasure talking to the woman at the booth whose name escapes me at the moment, she was very helpful and generous with her time. Our first purchase with them was a Map Case, but it almost certainly won’t be our last. I have my eye on a few things on their site. Steampunked Out was the standout booth this year, in my opinion. Honestly though it feels like the quality level of geekwear and cosplay items for sale just keeps increase every year. Everyone brought their A game.

I picked up a steampunkish vest at the B Coole Designs booth. The woman there was a delight and very fun to chat with. She helped us out with a few vests, and we ended up with a gorgeous one that’s a very light metallic shade of purple. She does custom embroidery and patch work, and has a lot of options to choose from. Give her a look if you need any custom work done.
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The item that we’ll probably get the most day to day use out of was a gorgeous caged d20 pendant from Silverthorne Crafts. We were lucky enough to pick this up on Tuesday, a day before Sasquan officially started. Moments later we were shooed out of there, so this was a lucky buy.

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In Praise of Smaller Conventions

Damsel in this Dress is going to be in Seattle!” my wife exclaimed.

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A week later, we attended the Seattle Mythic Worlds convention with no knowledge of the attendees or events other than the wonderful woman from Salt Lake City who makes the corsets would be there, and the one day pass was reasonably priced.

Mythic Worlds was definitely smaller and more intimate than the mega-cons I’ve been attending recently, like Emerald City Comic Con. ECCC in particular is so packed that I liken attending to being squeezed through a toothpaste tube. By comparison, Mythic Worlds was a joy to attend. My wife and I spent a fair amount of time in the Damsel booth browsing for new corsetry and getting personal attention from Michelle and the others in the booth. It was something that would have been impossible or at the very least very difficult at larger conventions.

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We browsed through what the rest of the convention had to offer and found a lot of cosplay gear and tchotchkes in the booths, and some great writing guest speakers. The pricing was astounding… this stuff was priced to move! The people were friendly, the crowd was manageable enough that I never felt hemmed in or that I should rush so that I made space for the people behind me. It was one of the most positive and welcoming convention experiences I’ve ever had. Besides Damsel, we made some great new connections with Fae Built Inc, Elysian Pearl, Harry Caldwell IV, Faerie Crowns, and a lot of others!

As an attendee, the experience was so positive it makes me question whether I want to attend the big cons anymore, unless I’m going as a vendor. I’ll be keeping my eye open for more small cons in the future.