Budget, Quality, Time

It’s getting to be that time of year where I stop caring whether my tea is decaf or not. I have a ton of things to do outside of cosplay, and when it comes to cosplay, I’m getting close to the one month mark before my cosplay planned for A-kon need to be completed and ready to go.

 I took a break to do two things: to revise something I wrote for the new Cosplay in America site (go check it out!) and to draft a supplies list for Capricious Reaper.

 Wool felt, CR palette ~1/4 yd.

450 individual…leaves? Fronds? Whatever they are. 6-10 in.

1 small can white spray paint

1 small can lavender spray paint

1 small can black spray paint

1-2 cans violet spray paint

7 bags tiny mirror tiles, varied sizes and shapes

5 bottles cheapest drug store nail polish you can find CR palette

Twice as many beads as you already have

2/3 that amount in flat-backed acrylic crystals (clear, violet)

 That’s just a portion of it. But as you can see, it’s not exactly a grocery list, the kind that you’d send someone else to go purchase and expect to get exactly what you wanted back (what, you didn’t read my mind all the way from the Michaels on Westheimer? Seriously.)  

 I have a monetary budget and a time budget that I keep in mind, and they fight with the perfectionist in me all the time. This way, each item is prioritized in terms of those three. For some, it’s most important that I get them as soon as possible; for others, quantity and price are most important. This part of the list doesn’t have too many of the items that had to be exactly perfect, but there’s a reason for that—I started looking for them months ago to allow time for the money side of priorities to have some attention. Shopping on a budget shouldn’t have to make a cosplayer totally compromise on quality!

 Much love,



About greyrondo

My name is greyrondo. I've been a cosplayer since Fall 2006, and I've noticed that the best conversations I have with cosplayers usually involve the question, 'so how DID you do that?' So after studying costuming and making a closet's worth of costumes, that's what I'd like to help answer. Drop in and stay awhile whether you're a cosplayer or just a curious spectator; one of my musings is bound to be what you're looking for. If you have a question or something to say, leave a comment or contact me! I don't bite, I promise. View all posts by greyrondo

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