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Way more fun than Black Friday

I may have gone a little nuts at the temporary Halloween stores on half-price day. Two Spirits, one Halloween Express. Attempted Halloween City (dunno if that one's a chain or a one-off), but they were closed. At 6:30 on November 1, because they are very foolish. (Or possibly had to be out of the space tonight, I dunno.)

Assorted effects makeup stockup (very amused by small jug labeled "Blood Bath"), random accessories (including pink and black striped armwarmers of middling weight, cute dangly spider earrings, and a supposed "geisha" fan that looks distinctly Spanish -- not a bad thing -- and opens and closes very smoothly), and this. Which has a silly name and even sillier website copy, but looks quite cool. The breastplate (which is flexible but good durable 3-D vinyl) just has a couple of velcroed elastic bands; I'm going to build a more substantial vestish something for it.

But hey, it was cheap (already marked down to $19.99, though I have no idea why, and then I still got the half off that!), and the tunic looks cooler on than I actually expected, so I'll probably use it as part of whatever I actually end up doing with it. I have no idea what I'll use it for, exactly, but I liked the design. Though I have to look even more askance than usual at the "one size fits most" claim, because the thing fits me exactly, which means it's pretty seriously not going to fit most.

Oh, and this leaf headpiece which is supposed to be for Greek/Roman whatever, but sort of looks more Elven to me. Speaking of which, also a Gandalf brooch to go with the Lórien cloak clasps we picked up a few years back. (We passed on the Evenstar, which looked cheap, but the less delicate stuff in the collection is really quite good. Rubies makes some darn useful stuff these days.)

Spent more than I probably should have, but WAY less than I could have, and half of what I would have before today. Tradition fulfilled. :-)


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Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Costumer's delight! :-)

Perhaps the "most" in that size declaration means "most sixteen year olds"? :-)

The thing that strikes me as odd about the marketing of that breastplate is that they seem to be going for a Xena look, and yet the breastplate, with a jeweled cross and roses, is so obviously pseudo-medieval instead of pseudo-Hellenistic!

This makes me think... my fencing club gives mini fencing lessons to the public at a Ren Faire every year, and I haven't done it yet, in part because while of course everyone wears proper fencing masks -- safety trumps anachronism -- no one wears modern fencing jackets, but instead proper period garb with leather vests or whatever substituting for the three layers of protective gear we normally wear. I have not as yet been willing to invest the time and money. Of course one can buy regular garb to fit, more or less, but getting something that will provide good protection that also looks historically accurate? A female-shaped breastplate is tragically not sufficiently historically accurate, not even if it were metal instead of plastic. Silly real history. :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
Perhaps the "most" in that size declaration means "most sixteen year olds"? :-)

I'm not even sure about that! And it's weird, because almost everything else comes in two or three sizes.

I love that there are already three variations on "It looks like it's trying to be... but it has... what???" in the comments here. I keep good company!

Yeah, you can get great leather stuff that looks good and would protect well, but money would definitely be an issue. I've been looking wistfully at it for years.
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Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
Well, I've only been once, and I'm not inclined to disagree. :-D

I didn't pay the slightest bit of attention except to note that such an oddly specific contest exists. Wonder if anyone used it for that?
Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
Well, neither of those are historically accurate (an Amazon with a cross. *inner Classicist weeps*) They are pretty, though. :) Perhaps the breastplate for Joan of Arc (possibly the Bill and Ted's version)?
Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
The shock would be if anything you bought at Spirit Halloween were historically accurate. :-D But yeah, the point is indeed the pretty.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Excellent scores, m'dear. I agree - that circlet thing-y looks WAY more Elvish than Greek/Roman, and on the mfr page for the headpiece, the "Roman Goddess" looks suspiciously like a Cleopatra costume. But what do I know? ;)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Rather more than they do! But as long as they supply me with cheap pretties, I shall not complain. :-)
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