retail therapy

April 10, 2020

Hey there. Today I’d like to talk about SHOPPING.

Like a lot of folks, I’m worried about my favorite small local shops and restaurants who are having to shut down during this crisis. I’m also REALLY worried about my favorite convention, SCA, and Ren Faire vendors, who’ve basically had all their events and income streams vanish.

Fortunately, we live in the internet age and shipping is a thing. If you are able and feel inclined, you might seek out some of your favorites and see what deals they’re offering online shoppers. Here are a few I’ve visited.

Dryad Tea and Pottery has lots of good tea and geek-themed accessories. She mostly sells at conventions and so could really use some online traffic right now. My favorite blends of hers are Maid in Bedlam, Selkie (really good with honey for colds), and We Are Shangri-la.

Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins has hosted events of mine, and they’re great folks. They’re offering free shipping on orders over $20. Nina at Broadway Book Mall will also ship — you’ll need to call, but she very likely has some signed books of mine still in stock from the last convention.

We have this great little gift shop here, the Magic Fairy Candle Shop, and I ordered a gift card so I could go get myself a nice candle when this is over. While on the site I found a super cute headband, and decided I just needed something pretty and frivolous, so I ordered that too. Owner Nichole delivered it to my doorstep that afternoon and it made me so happy I just cried for a little bit. (Because it turns out when you’re stressed and things are weird, crying over little things happens a lot.) You can see the candle side of their business here.

The ladies at the Clockwork Cabaret podcast taught me everything I know about steampunk music, and here’s their Patreon.

In fact, lots of your favorite artists, authors, and musicians probably have Patreons and can use your support right now.

If you check convention websites, they’ll usually have lists of dealers. Same with Ren Faires. If like me you’re sad that we’re not going to be able to go to our favorite events and do that shopping we’ve been thinking about… you can still do the shopping. I know it’s not quite the same, but it’s something. And I want all these people to still be around NEXT year, when we can (I hope) go back to doing all the things we love.

Stay safe.


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