COVID-19 and our Costume Business

Hello everyone, and thank you so much for supporting our business! It’s obvious but it’s true – your support means more to us than ever right now. Today, we would have been in the opening weekend of Virginia Renaissance Faire. Instead, I’m home sewing masks. What a strange Spring it has been!

If you follow us on Facebook, this will be a little repetitive, but here is the craziness of our last two months, and what we are looking at going forward:

March 13th, 2020: The day things started to go crazy. We were on the road to Bay Area Renaissance Festival, desperately hoping that it would not be cancelled before we finished our drive to Florida. We watched the breaking news, watched our April shows cancel and postpone, and realized this could well be our last show weekend for a while.

And so it was. That weekend, we thought we were about to be entering 10 straight weekends of fairs and festivals. Now, everything has cancelled or postponed up until September. And with everything uncertain, we have no idea if those shows will happen either, or what the attendance will look like if they do.

April 20th, 2020: Someone smashed in two of the front windows of our studio building. Because that’s totally an expense we need right now. You can read all about it (and help if you are able) in our GoFundMe campaign to replace them.

What’s Now, and What’s Next?

We are trying everything we can to get through this and use this as an opportunity rather than a set back. Here’s what we’re up to:

  • Nathaniel has been working hard inside our building for the last two months, fixing up more and more usable space.
  • I’ve put my sewing machine and my geeky fabric stash to making cloth masks. These are available in our Etsy store, and will be available in our shop and our festival booths in the future.
  • We’re also working on building a better, independent web store. Watch for that coming soon!
  • We’re planning and working towards opening the front of our shop, harder than ever. Whether or not events come back in the fall, we will be ready with unique items for your Halloween!

Whatever happens next, we’re working on weathering the storm. Thank you everyone for your support these last few months, and we look forward to seeing you when we can gather once again!