There was so many wonderful things to see at the Sunnydale Mall that I couldn’t fit them all in my first article! While most of the bigger conventions I’ve gone to have had impressive graphic artists and stunning prints, WhedonCon offered a greater array of handiwork and handmade crafts than I’d seen elsewhere. There’s nothing quite like owning a piece of jewelry or a purchasing an artwork that has been made by hand. I’d like to feature a couple booths whose work I found especially impressive.
The first is Déjà vu Vintage Jewelry. Specializing in taking vintage jewelry and transforming it into more modern takes on fashion while maintaining vintage charm, Déjà vu had some especially memorable and unique pieces.
There’s nothing quite like the mystery behind an old key. What secrets did it hold? What “life” did it have before it was lost? The possibilities are endless…
Vintage photos added to the charm of the booth, sparking the imagination as the untold stories lay scattered across the table. Who were these people? What will history remember of them? That is the charm of vintage jewelry: each piece comes with a history all its own.
Another booth that got me particularly excited was Wee Bit O’ Geek. These charming felt dolls do such a beautiful job of capturing the essence of their respective characters! I couldn’t help picking up a few for myself; if it weren’t for the constraints of my wallet, I would have bought many more!
Check it out! They perfectly executed the texture of Eleven’s dress and even gave her a tiny Eggo waffle!
When there’s trouble, you know who to call…
On to the next booth! As soon as I saw the name Knotty Grandma in my convention program, I knew I was in for a treat! This was the owner’s very first time selling at a convention. I dearly hope she comes back next year, because her crochet work is fantastic!
Dolls for this convention consisted mainly of Buffy and Firefly characters due to the nature of convention. All of them were adorable!
I feel like Drusilla in particular would find some sort of strange pleasure in being made into a doll…
Finally, saving the best for last, I would like to share my favorite booth of the convention: Gears and Roebuck. With all of the items on sale being repurposed from thrift stores and junk piles, this booth truly demonstrates that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The owner, Shannon Hoage, is able to take cheap plastic trinkets and broken baubles and turn the into stunning art pieces.
That Iron Man in the picture below isn’t made of any sort of metal, he’s just plastic! As Shannon says, it’s amazing what spray paint can do to truly transform an object into something new.
This adorable octopus is a repurposed curtain tassle!
For more pictures from the Sunnydale Mall, be sure to check out the gallery below!
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