One of my absolute favorite things to do at any convention is to go shopping. You never know exactly what you’ll find among the lanes of exhibitors’ booths, and WhedonCon, though only in its second year, provided excellent geeky shopping opportunities at the Sunnydale Mall.
The Sunnydale Mall offered a couple dozen different exhibitor booths – big enough for a nice variety, but intimate enough for a con-goer to visit every single booth (as I did) if they had the inclination. From handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces to nerdy knickknacks and collectables, there truly was something for every geek here.
There was a great selection of autographed photos from a great number of shows, ranging from sci-fis such at Stargate Atlantis (featured above) to fantasy-dramas like Once Upon a Time.
Pins are a great (and affordable!) item to collect and can be found for any character of franchise imaginable.
Of course Funko continues to rule the roost these days when it comes to collectable figurines. At conventions you can find both the latest releases and older, retired items side by side.
Pick and choose! There’s plenty to go around!
Blue Box Emporium offers a stunning variety of handcrafted jewelry. My personal favorite was the brooches with Tolkien’s runes on them – a replica from the films!
You can wear your favorite hero’s emblem with pride, or picked up a cute cat, dog or horse pendant for the non-geek in your life.
Check out the dragon in the far left corner! Amazing craftsmanship, and the stones used in these pendants are truly beautiful.
Pendragon Costumes offers finely crafted geek wear that will make you feel like something special whenever you go out in it. This jacket with Captain America’s shield caught my eye before I even reached the booth!
Pendragon Costumes have been in business for more than a decade now, and bring their clothing to cons year-round.
They are proud to offer clothing from sizes 0 – 24, with custom orders available if you don’t find what you’re looking for.
These clothes are highly accesorizable and can be mixed and matched into any number of outfits.
This jacket was particularly fascinating, with a front attachment that can be switched out depending on what fandom you want to promote that day. Thus you buy one jacket and can then transform it into a myriad of different looks!
Design By Any Other Name had a whimsical charm to it, with the warm copper glow of the pennies drawing you in to see what message was stamped on each of them.
The Buffy references abound in this plate of pennies. Customers received a free penny with a purchase of $50 or more!
Dragon Marsh Apothecary and Teas, another well-established business, offered a veritable smorgasbord of oils, perfumes and teas.
Whether you’re looking for something for your health or simply for pleasure, the staff is well-versed in their selection and can help you find what you’re looking for.
WhedonCon partnered with LootCrate this year, which led to a pleasant discount to already afforadable convention tickets (a 3 day pass for just $45!) One of LootCrate’s speciality crates, the Firefly crate, was featured at the convention, a fitting choice as one of Joss Whedon’s most beloved shows.
Here is a sampling of some of the items found in past Firefly crates, many of them exclusive to LootCrate!
There was also a LootCrate raffle going on, with new subscribers to the Firefly crate being enetered to win!
Now this booth was cool! Have you ever seen 3-D art? The process by which it works is surprisingly understandable. In yet another case of our eyes tricking our mind, 3-D art works because each color on the spectrum is perceived to be a different distance from us. Reds and oranges appear closest to us, which is why many of the drawings with characters reaching out or throwing a punch have the arm drawn in red.
These wooden 3-D kits look like a lot of fun! B-MO is so adorable!
A great number of fandoms were represented within Sunnydale Mall, not just Joss Whedon’s works.
These lamps with detachable logo decorations are made from concrete and are impressively heavy!
Just imagine reaching for a glass and seeing this selection in your cupboard! A geek can dream…
Also offered are a series of quirky earrings which can be found on MombieZombie.com!
Georges Jeanty, an illustrator for both the Buffy and Firefly comics was picked by Joss himself. His artwork is stunning and beautifully continues the stories of both the Scoobie Gang and crew of the Serenity.
The first volume of Buffy season 8, continuing directly from the show’s ending, could be bought at the convention for only $30!
Nerdy But Still Girly offered a hilarious variety of characters from a surprising number of shows. It’s not every day that you see Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation hanging out above Sherlock and Watson!
The earrings are made out of Shrinky Dinks, and can be bought as pairs or individually to mix and match.
These goggles are out of this world, and will make you feel like you’ve exited the atmosphere as well! With kaleidoscopic lenses, putting them on is a trippy experience that you can take home with you for $20. The frames also come in silver and copper among other choices.
Pocket-watch lockets can be worn proudly as you let your inner geek show and attain perfect punctuality.
These crocheted octopus headbands turly embody the meaning of kawaii!
Even coasters can provide a moment of geeky nostalgia.
Fantasy, superheroes and sci-fi all brought together.
The artist told me that she started designing phone cases so that people could have something more practical and portable to buy once their walls ran out of room for more fanart.
You can even buy a classy, nerdy flask for yourself!
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry
The artist’s interpretation of a Snitch <3
There were plenty of t-shirts to be found at the booths. I couldn’t hold myself back and bought three.
Patches are another highly collectable and affordable item to be found at Sunnydale Mall.
Magnets are great both for yourself and as gifts for others, that is, until your fridge runs out of space 😉
The Armoured Rose offered a beautiful array of jewelry at their booth.
These dragon-eye/bat-wing necklaces are creepy and entrancing at the same time.
The piece-de-resistance of the booth, this hat is horrifically charming.
Be sure to tune in soon for more photos from WhedonCon’s exhibits and events!