Want a COSPLAY CON & custom shop in Auburn?!
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Attention COSPLAYers and LARPers! Don't you think we need a conference and specialized cosplay shop with tailored and custom pieces, quality wigs, and quality accessories and appliances right here in Auburn?! Help us do it!!

Attention COSPLAYers, LARPers, and those who simply love the art of fantacy! We need your help to establish a cosplay conference in Auburn, Alabama and a specialized cosplay shop!

Auburn, Alabama and the surrounding area has a thriving cosplay and LARPing community; but Auburnites have to drive to Birmingham or Atlanta to visit a cosplay shop that is more than a Halloween store. And can you believe it? Auburn doesn't have a cosplay conference of their own?!

We are Tim and Angela of The Wyrd Sister Shop and we have been providing niche products and artisan goods to Central Alabama since 2011. 

Cosplay is more than a retail venture to us, we know that cosplay is all about the source material and the art of fantasy! 

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Our first costumes together--25 years ago!  A recent cospic of us as Ice and Fire. Some passions never die!

Our earliest and most recent cospics together with 25 years in between. Some passions never die!

For us, costuming was a gratifying pastime in the 1990s; we were always the leading competition at local costume contests. From Data and Deanna Troi or Antony and Cleopatra in our twenties to “less fortunate passengers” on the S.S. Titanic in our thirties or “Fire” and “Ice” in our forties, we have spent 25 years creating costumes and dressing up together. What’s more, we have three kids to whom we have passed on the passion of costuming.

These costumes were built in an average of 48 hours; imagine what Angela can do given a week!  As you can see, Angela is famous for her “weekend whip-ups”—these are some awesome examples of homespun costumes made at the last minute for this impending con or that: Ceil, Death the Kid (and Blair), Adam Jensen, Attack on Titan Training Corp, and an emergency madrigal costume made from an old sofa cover and silk sheets!

Angela has built more SteamPunk, Star Wars, Star Trek, Game of Thrones, period pieces (mostly Medieval and Society for Creative Anachronism), and fantasy than we can list. The trick is to keep an eye on the details and to really think about the character him/herself. 

What’s more, Tim is a fantastic builder, innovator, crafter, inventor, and all-around tinker. He loves to design and perfect appliances, contraptions, and every nature of gizmos. What's best is he has a drive to make things fully functional.

Now, we are expanding our small Online niche business to include retail cosplay and custom cosplay items. And we plan to work with local, high school, and university-based cosplay and anime clubs to sponsor Auburn's OWN cosplay conference series.

This move is more than a long-time dream, it has become an immediate necessity. You see, after sixteen-years of teaching college-level English, Angela has lost her position as innovative literature teacher and faculty advisor. But, as a family, we--Tim, Angela, and our three kids--have chosen to see this turn of events as a fated blessing in disguise—or in costume, you might say.

There is no deadline on this campaign, but if we want a conferene in 2014, we need to fund the minimum by 1 July 2014.

For that to happen, we need start-up funds of a bare minimum of $8,000. That's in addition to the escrow we have already invested. That will get us going on a shoe-string--the more you help, the more we can do! 

Regardless of the amount we raise, if we meet our minimum goal, we will open the store right here in the Opelika-Auburn area. Our grand opening will be an extraordinary opportunity for local cosplayers to get together on their own turf, expand the local community, and celebrate a new resource for their common passion for cosplay with a raffle and a costume competition. 

The way we see it, this is just the beginning! Once the store opens and expands, we plan to add gaming, comics, manga, anime and more Help us realize our vision!

You can help by making a donation, of course, but you can also:

  • Post a link to this campaign on your Facebook wall and TALK IT UP
  • Share our Facebook page:
    • https://www.facebook.com/The.Wyrd.Sister.Shop.AL
  • Mention this fundraiser to friends in person
  • Mention or post a link to this fundraiser on other social media
  • Write a blog post about this campaign
  • Spread the word that a new cosplay conference and shop is coming to town

Our goals are straightforward. We need to rent the facilities for the first conference to start the ball rolling. After that, we need rent for store space, start-up utilities, start up inventory, and material for custom projects. 

We know that cosplay is more than a business, we know that it is a customer-centered experience focused on the love of source material and the atmosphere of fantasy.

This is more than a career change, it is the fulfillment of a dream.

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Thanks!
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Shout Out
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Those who donate $10 or more get a “thank you” mention on our Facebook page.
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$20 USD
Bling
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Estimated delivery Jul 2014
If you donate $20, you will receive a bit of “bling” from our store: an I "heart" cosplay button. Photo is an approximation.
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$35 USD
T-Shirt
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $35, you will receive a T-Shirt designed for our grand opening. Photo is an approximation.
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Mug
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If you donate $50, you will receive a coffee mug with our logo, showing your support for cosplay and our shop. Photo is an approximation.
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$100 USD
Replica Tier One
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $100, you will receive one replica Naruto-inspired Kunai Knife. You will also receive a coupon code to use in the store or Online. Photo is an approximation.
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $250, you will receive one replica Charmed-style Book of Shadows. You will also receive a coupon code to use in the store or Online. Photo is an approximation.
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $500, you will receive one replica Viking drinking horn and leather holder. You will also receive a coupon code to use in the store or Online. You may also choose to claim a lower-tier reward.
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$700 USD
Replica Tier Four
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $700, you will receive one replica *Viking/Skyrim inspired wooden shield. You will also receive a coupon code to use in the store or Online. Photo is an approximation.
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$1,000 USD
Replica Tier Five
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $1000, you will receive one *vampire hunter kit (complete with storage box, crucifixes, stake, vile of “holy water”). You will also receive a coupon code to use in the store or Online. You may also choose to claim a lower-tier reward. Photo is an approximation.
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Custom Made Cloak
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Estimated delivery Sep 2014
If you donate $2000 or more, you will receive an original lined faux-fur or velveteen cloak with hood and clasp. You may also choose to claim a lower-tier reward. Photo is an approximation.
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