Con Adviser: Storing Cosplays and Dealing with Roommates
Greetings fellow con goers. Sadly, I didn’t get any outrageous stories about con life, so this week, I have an article that I think might come in handy.
When I first started cosplaying, I lived with my brother. Sadly there wasn’t much space for storage, so…I had to make do with what I could. Sadly, there wasn’t a lot of space for my costumes or my props. Even though I didn’t have the proper space, I still feel it’s important to share some storage tips for costumes, props, and wigs.
First up, Costumes:
- Some parts of your costume might not be fancy (like it might just be a T-Shirt) but I still think it’s a good idea to hang it up on a hanger. That way, it won’t get wrinkled or torn while in the drawers. Plus, it’s easier to find.
- I usually keep all of my costumes in a separate closet from my normal clothes (I put a lot of my dress clothes in the same closet). That way they aren’t mixed up with your casual clothes and can be put in an area where they probably have more space for it.
- Whenever you are heading to a con, try to keep your costume in a garment bag. It’ll keep it neat, pressed and protected as you travel.
- Try to keep accessories for the costume (hats, gloves, necklaces, belts, etc) neatly somewhere close by. It might be a good idea to have some sort of container for your items so you’re not scrambling at the last minute trying to find your pieces. (At ACEN in 2012, I left the wig for my Hiro costume at home…so I had to wear it without the proper wig. I was saddened by it especially since I was supposed to be getting pics with a Luna cosplayer
Now onto Props:
- When storing wooden props, keep them in a room that is room temperature. Having them somewhere where it’s extremely hot or cold will cause the wood to warp. Try not to keep them around areas where people tend to walk a lot like a living room. You don’t want anyone to accidentally trip over it and end up breaking it…or worse, hurting them self.
- If it’s some sort of weapon, keep it hidden. You don’t want to attract any sort of negative attention
- When transporting your weapon props…try to keep them hidden when you’re moving them. Same reason as above.
- Keep your props away from little ones. Not only is it a hazard to the prop itself, it could be a hazard to them. We don’t want anyone choking from a simple prop.
- Try to keep all of your wigs on a wig head. They can usually be bought at Beauty Supply stores or at Hobby Lobby for $3-$5.
- Try to keep them spaced apart on a shelf. This way the wigs with longer hairs won’t get tangled.
- Make sure that the place that you store them in isn’t too hot or cold. Extreme temperature will ruin your wigs.
- Don’t just throw the wigs in a drawer or on the bed. Chances are you spent some good money on this wig from buying the actual wig to the styling. Take care of it. Just throwing it around will destroy it…and then you’ll have to use money to get a new one and time to restyle it.
If you really want to stay organized, one thing you can do is have a checklist (online or offline) on which parts of the costume that you have. I’ve used one on my laptop before to mark my costumes, and what parts go to each one. I also add if any of them need to be fixed or things need to be added, so the possibilities are endless.
Now, I’d like to briefly touch upon the subject Roommates/Housemates.
If you have a roommate/housemate who cosplay, that’s great because chances are they know how it feels when an expensive cosplay gets misplaced or damaged. If you don’t…you might have to explain to them what it is that you do and how they can help out.
- Let them know how each one is delicate and make sure they don’t touch them even if they want to look.
- Tell them that the wigs, costumes and props are not to be worn or touched without permission.
- In the event that you find out that they have messed with it, confront them (in a nice way) about it. Hopefully it won’t become a problem in the future.
Be up front with them about this right away if they aren’t a cosplayer. You don’t want them messing with your stuff that you’ve spend a lot of time working on. If they can’t respect your stuff, then it’s going to cause a problem. When in doubt, talk to them about it.
Anywho, that’s all I have for you guys this week. I’m sure that I haven’t touched upon everything, so, if you have something you’d like to add feel free to comment with it.
Next week, Lets try once again to get those interesting con stories. Let me know and I’ll compile a list.