Welcome 2017! General Updates from Wyrd Armouries

Hello Wyrd Armouries fans! We hope 2017 is treating you well thus far. We’re busy planning an amazing year, and wanted to take a moment to share some updates with you.

Our first half of the year in shows is set. Look at all these fun places you can find us this year:

  • March 10-12: Madicon, Harrisonburg VA. Link.
  • April 22-23: Southampton Renaissance Faire, Courtland VA. Link.
  • May 5-7: Steampunk World’s Fair, Piscataway NJ. Link.
  • May 13-14, May 20-21, May 27-28, June 3-4, June 10-11: Virginia Renaissance Faire, Spotsylvania VA. Link.
  • June 16-18: Awesome Con, Washington DC. Link.
  • June 30-July 2: BlerDCon, Arlington VA. Link.
  • July 21-23: Scares That Care Weekend, Williamsburg VA. Upstairs.  Link
  • September 1-4: Dragon Con, Atlanta GA. Link.

New year, New Tent… and displays, and tags, and…

We have bought our new tent! The new tent will be 19 x 13 feet, with red and white stripes. So you can still spot our red tent at fairs! I will totally be sharing photos once it arrives.

On top of that, we are revamping our display looks and our product tags. So stay tuned for the awesome new looks!

A pause in custom orders, but new things to come.

Nathaniel is in the middle of moving, so his workshop is currently closed. So, sorry to say no custom orders for the moment of weapons or woodwork. Other custom orders are still available.

But it shouldn’t be closed for long! Stay tuned for the announcement of when the workshop will reopen.

Thanks everyone, and here’s to a good year to come!

Event Review: Misfit’s Witch’s Bazaar and Ball

Sometimes, we’ll take a chance on a new event. That was the case with this one – we received an invite through our Etsy store, and it sounded like fun. It was a two part event. In the daytime, a family friendly witch’s bazaar. At night, an adults only party.

While the event was fun, it was not really successful for us as vendors. Traffic was low, and the two events with the break between them didn’t really seem to work for crowd energy. I think this event would do better if it decided what it really wanted to be and focused on it.

The site was a fun park, which in the daytime was great to wander and see all the vendors. At night, not all of the vendors stayed… and unfortunately  those that did weren’t all clumped together. Which also meant as the October evening temperatures dropped, people stopped wandering.

The costumes were cool and the people were fun, but this was one of very few events that we have left early.

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I was feeling witchy for the Witch’s Bazaar! So I made myself a new leather waist cincher for the occasion.
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Our tent (a cheap Walmart buy after our recent tent disasters) in the cute park courtyard.
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Anticipating a cold evening – cloaks!
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Our across the courtyard neighbors.
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Displaying our wares to be seen from as many directions as possible.
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Showing off the glowy items at night!

Don’t forget – we really need your help to buy a new tent! Your help with our fundraising efforts is massively appreciated.

Event Review: Harvest Faire 2016

Each show has its challenges, but we never expected a hurricane to be one of them. This year, we spent the week leading up to Harvest Faire watching to see if Hurricane Matthew was going to hit near Virginia Beach. It didn’t, but the rain and winds that make up the edge were problem enough.

Still, we were there! Some vendors never showed, but there were still plenty of people around on Friday to make the show worth it. We came well prepared, with side walls and multiple tarps to try and stay as dry as we could.

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Friday night was fine, and plenty of people came by, even in the dark. Saturday, as the day went on, the weather got worse. Rain picked up, and the weather report was threatening the coming winds.

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Mad dash from the rain! At least inside the tent was nice and dry.

The organizers were awesome, and sent people around about 4pm saying that vendors were welcome to pack up if they wanted, and come back Sunday morning. Our work is fine with a bit of damp, but neither leather nor wood is great with a soaking rain. Plus, we did not want to try and stay on site with what the forecast had in store.

So, we packed everything up (thank you friendly helpers!), found a cheap hotel not too far away, and went to stay warm and dry.

Good thing we did, because apparently it hit the site viciously. At 11pm the organizers had canceled Sunday – the site was so beaten up by the weather it would not be able to host traffic the next day.

We came back the next morning, through towns with no power, to pick up the little bit we had left.

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Poor mangled steel tent! The only tents that survived the night were the full reenactor tents.

Traffic getting home was an adventure due to areas of flooding or no power, but we lost none of our inventory. Just another poor tent.

Which we are still trying to replace. If you can spare a moment and/or a dollar or two, please take a look at our Go Fund Me page. Any little bit helps!

Help Us Buy a New Tent!

Hello friends and visitors! We’ve had a great couple of years bringing our handmade goods to shows up and down the east coast. We’ve reached a little financial hurdle and are asking for your help.

It started in May, when we set up at the Virginia Renaissance Faire after days of pouring rain. Our gazebo tent sank into the mud and bent as the weeks went on. Parts of it are now broken and unusable.

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Next weekend, more rain and mud. Did the best we could to keep it off our visitors.

Then, Steampunk World’s Fair in late May fought with both wind and rain. Our good easy-up canopy was one of the lucky ones, but it still bent in the bad weather. That tent lasted a couple more shows, then snapped while being set up at NoVa Pagan Pride Day.

Then, Harvest Faire in Newport News VA over the same weekend as Hurricane Matthew. The direct hurricane didn’t hit us, but even the edge winds were enough to completely mangle our all steel backup canopy.

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Poor mangled tents… ours and the others on the site.

Harvest Faire showed us something else interesting. There were broken canopies scattered all over the site. Even new ones with thick poles were bent to unusable. Which ones were still completely intact, and all inventory – even blown glass – unharmed? The actual medieval style tents.

Well, we’ve been wanting to upgrade to a better tent for a while anyway, so this is the perfect time. Hence we are asking for your help! We are raising funds to buy a new, medieval reenactment tent.

Donate to our campaign and you can even get some cool custom stuff, so please take a look!  Any donation or share will be a big help.

Thanks!

 

Event Review: 2016 Pagan Pride Days

One of the highlights of our September is always Pagan Pride Days. These are lovely one day events all over the country where various people of pagan leanings come together. This year we made our way to three of the events: Frederick MD, Northern Virginia, and Belmont NC.

This was our second year at Frederick Pagan Pride, and I am happy to say much less rainy than last year! Actually, it was a beautiful day. The event took place on the front lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick. It was a wonderful setting, welcoming and friendly. And speaking of, we happily got to meet up with various vendor and fair friends as well.

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Our booth on the hill! Nice collection of ritual tools and cloaks.
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A bit of the view from inside the tent.
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Happy customer with our horn-tipped spear, black fleece cloak, and short crystal wand.
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The beautiful front lawn and its gorgeous willow tree.

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It feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere here, and it is so peaceful.
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I’ve had a thing for willow trees since elementary school. Here’s the view from under the tree back towards the church. And a bit of the sunset as we’re all packing up.

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Kids unfortunately tore down a number of the willow branches, but we got permission to collect what was on the ground to make something out of. So here’s Nathaniel goofing off while collecting them for next year!

The following Saturday was Northern Virginia and Belmont NC Pagan Pride Days. I went to NoVa, Nathaniel to NC. So I only have photos from NoVA. It was a little weird being back on my college campus – that had been a while! The setting gave this festival a definitely different feel. And I started off the day with our canopy, which had already been stressed by the winds at Steampunk World’s Fair, breaking as I went to set it up. Thank goodness for PVC pipes and duct tape!

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This show set up with small blocks, so every space was a corner. So a fun different display.
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Nope, that ceiling isn’t sagging, really! Thank you show staff and Mark for salvaging that!
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A better view of my leather leaf clips. Though I think I need a new wig. This was the first nice wig I ever bought and it’s showing the wear.
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Another inside the booth view, and a view beyond to some of our favorite booth neighbors!

After Show Report: Steampunk Frederick

We don’t do a lot of one day shows, and this one was unique. Fun, creative… It was great for a small show’s first year, and I really look forward to seeing what it becomes.

In August in the historic downtown of Frederick, MD, there is a Penny Farthing race. You know those Victorian bicycles with the huge wheel? Yup, people race those. Steampunk Frederick was located at a small theater about a block away, with all sorts of interesting creative types. It took a lot of adjusting to figure out how we were all setting up in the odd spaces of the hallways and small rooms, but once we worked that out it was a fun, long day.

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We got our almost two tables worth of space along a wall across from the entrance to the actual stage.

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Thank you neighbor, we think you’re awesome too!

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Hello again Momo! It’s fun seeing rennaissance faire vendor friends at the steampunk shows.

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And our steampunk vendor friends, bringing out their awesome costumes!

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Steampunk Dalek and a penny farthing. I love the pairing.

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Awesome Steampunk Tardis!

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Moment of recognition for contributions to the steampunk community.

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Show Review: Scares That Care Weekend

Hello again! We are entering our slow time between shows, so I’m getting caught up on all of my show photos and such from this past year. Then it’ll be time for year in review and fun planning for next year!

Scares That Care Weekend is one of our favorite events. It is not our most profitable, but it’s a weekend of awesome people who love horror and trying to do good for charity. This year, we got a whole conference room to fill with our stuff however we wanted. Up side – we could show off a lot of stuff and be creative with our display. Downside – the second floor gets less traffic and the room we chose was… well, more hidden than we realized.

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Come on boney, help us show people where we are…
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So, leave the haunted house, then take a sharp turn…
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…down the skinny hidden hallway…
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… and into room 14! We posted lots of these posters to try and help people find us. Plus, first show with our new logo!
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Nice and open room to show lots of different products!
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Room was an unusual shape, but that meant we could set up a nice sales and work table.
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More shadow box kits! People got a good laugh out of these.
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Swords, props, bottles… so much to shop through!
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Costumes around the event were awesome. The Chanels and the Red Devil came for a visit.
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Even out in the parking lot people were having a silly, fun, horror time.

Huge thanks to all of our helpers who showed people where we were!

We are already paid up for next year. We will be on the second floor again, but in a more obvious room next time. And we’ll go even further on atmosphere and display!