If you’re someone who goes to conventions, you generally know that they can be some of the best places to find some of the best stuff. No matter what you’re into, if you’re at a convention for one of your interests, you’re likely going to find yourself facing a large amount of amazing things you never thought possible. From this, was born my Colossalcon 2019 haul. So. Much. Good. Stuff.
There are a few different avenues to venture when you’re shopping at most conventions. You have your standard resale booths, who sell (or are supposed to sell) licensed products, figures, books, or other accoutrement, usually housed in a dealer’s room of sorts. Then you have the artists alley, which is where all the creators live for the weekend. They usually have prints, buttons, keychains, and other sorts of fan made art that, honestly, can make for some of the best souvenirs to bring home. It’s always unique and different where you go though! Colossalcon also hosts a craft fair, where anyone can sell their products, especially for those who may have not been accepted to artist alley. I sold in the craft fair this year!
In addition to traditional shopping, most conventions also bring guests! You can get autographs on some really unique prints that they bring along, and I was lucky enough to get a few!
Since I got some great goodies from all the little shopping areas of the convention this year, I figured that I would break my purchases down by where I picked them up! If I know where you can get the items online, I’ll link it up, so keep an eye out!
Colossalcon 2019 – Craft Fair
The craft fair really was a fun little extra event for those who like to craft to attend! This year I sold makeup bags and coasters and had an amazing time getting to meet all the cosplayers and con goers who passed by! It’s a really great way to see a ton of cosplay all at once, while everyone is filing through the room to check out whats for sale.
If you’re interested in participating in next year’s craft fair, it’s best to get in line EARLY. I got there a little late for my taste and ended up getting a table in the back corner of the room. I still had plenty of people walk by, but if you can get one of those primo spots in the front, it certainly will help you in the long run!
Advice aside, I picked up a few adorable items from the craft fair this year!
When I was setting up my things, I saw a table across the way begin to pull these puffy fluffy babies out of a bag. I lost my mind. I needed one of those mysterious puff balls.
Turns out that they are plushes of an animal called a sea bunny! They essentially look exactly like these plushes and I am so happy I snagged one before they sold out. Another perk of selling in the fair is getting a chance to walk around to all the tables before the masses!
This item is available on etsy! Check out SewMeARiver and their adorable plushes!
Ah, the sea flap flap. I purchased a huge version of this cute little pancake ray from the same artist all the way back at Zipcon in this year in February! I love how soft and snuggly all their items are, and this little tiny guy is a magnet! Perfect for my fridge.
This little guy is from Sew Yummy Crafts! You can see her work on here facebook page here!
I love getting new buttons at conventions! When you buy them from the artists, they’re always so unique and special to me. I chose these cute pastel pink and bright colored pins from this years craft fair!
Artist Alley Finds
Artist’s Alley is the BEST! There are times that I prefer the artist alley to the dealer’s room because the stuff is just so much more unique. The artists alley at Colossalcon 20189 was on the smaller side, but the artists were really incredible this year!
For whatever reason, I have really started to fall in love with anything with bunnies on them. No clue why, but when I saw this sweet little ramune loving bunny I needed to have him! The image is embedded into some THICK glittery acrylic (I love!) and really is so so stinking sweet.
You can find this creator on etsy! Here is the link to this charm.
While this show isn’t one that I’ve seen, I picked these two sweet charms for a friend! The best part about artists alley is that you can find these little things from shows that don’t have a ton of available merch and support artists while you do it!
This may be the most intense and amazing little find I’ve ever had at a convention. Really.
If you know me, I am possibly one of the biggest dorks when it comes to the 90s anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Spotting this print and getting to see all the little details the artist put in is really something else. Stunning.
Colossalcon 2019 – Dealer’s Room Finds
Ah, the dealer’s room. We meet again so you can rob me incessantly. Just like every time. True bliss.
I was surprised at how small the dealer’s room was at Colossalcon. I expected a dealer’s room of epic proportions but this one was just meh. Tons of options for shopping, but the dealer’s room at Ohayocon really handed it to them. Just saying.
Size of the room aside, there were tons of really awesome dealers! I lucked out and found quite a few figures that I really was wanting!
Colossalcon 2019 – Voice Actors
Getting to meet voice actors from your favorite shows and movies can be somewhat of a weird experience at times. You’ve heard their voices through the characters that you love, then suddenly that voice is coming out of a real person in front of you. Sounds stupid, but really, getting to meet them is such a treat and probably my favorite part of conventions.
Just wanted to extend a big big thank you to all the voice actors who were able to attend this year! It really is special for attendees to get you meet you all.
Have you ever attended a convention for your interests? Have any cool finds? Let me know in the comment section below.