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Costume Cobbler?

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This last weekend I attended Southern Media Con, a fan run geekapalooza. (aka  The Con formally known as VidCon) There are Vids, Panels (planned and unplanned) and of course, food.   I always have a fun time, but this year there was a bonus.

We were at the lovely Hilton Bayfront in St Pete. Sharing the hotel was the 107th annual Shoe Service Institute of America Convention. These are the kind of folks you find in those tiny shops at the mall that will fix your favorite heels while you wait. This would have been easily ignored if I hadn’t got a peek into the SSIA version of a dealer’s room while they were setting up.  “Oh my, those are some big sewing machines you have there”

The amazing Deb Hicks listened to my complicated plot to sneak in for all of two minutes, without even making fun of me, she walks up the organizers of the event and asked if I could look around.  They graciously let me, on the promise I would not pick up swag.  Understandable, I’m talking major swag being offered by the wholesalers and suppliers. No problem, I just wanted to look around. Whee!

There were tons of bits and pieces of shoe repair stuff, leather, glues, dyes, paints and big ass pieces of machinery. There was even Birkenstock repair supplies, the only shoes I ever had repaired before I started costuming.

I did get some catalogs and pamphlets. I want it all. I’m lusting after a ‘Post Sewing Machine’  and I found a place that sells quality leather paint in tons of colors, packaged in 1 oz to 5 gallon containers. Angelus Shoe Polish Company  Same place has what looks like a marker that you can fill with the paint, sort of a refillable sharpie. So Amazing. They even had some pictures of custom sneakers that artists have done.  Want. Want. Want. (the toys, not the shoes)

Being with Fans and spotting a new obsession – it will get the creative juices flowing

Now, do I want to fly to Portland to learn Cobblery or Charleston to learn millinery for my next vacation? Decisions, decisions.

I love sewing


Written by rhymeswithstitch

July 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Posted in Cons, Crafting

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