Convergence is now six weeks away, so I figure it's time for a preparedness update.
I did not have a hotel room reserved, and they just left me in limbo about it for months. I still haven't heard back. Not really happy about that. I was able to get a room a fifteen minute walk away.
As for my Rumpelstiltskin costume, I've had a heck of a time. I found a vest that was decent for the character, and looked great, but they had sold out, and canceled my order. The only place in town I was aware of that rented period costumes closed, so a rental is out. I had to scavenge a bit, but ended up saving some money in the process. Here's what I came up with.
$28.99 - Paisley Tuxedo Vest - Banana
I did order those side lace pants, but I didn't like them, and sent them back. I'll just wear normal dress pants that I already own. I might tuck them in and add fake tops to a pair of boots if it's as easy as I think it will be.
I found it surprisingly hard to find a frilly shirt that isn't black or white, but is a color that exist in nature. I think this one works.
$42.34 - Pirate Shirt - Gold
As for makeup, I'm sure I want to use a metallic Mehron facepaint. Their gold is probably too gold, but I'm not sure their bronze star will be gold enough. I decided to start with the bronze star, and go from there. I think makeup with some barrier might work on the nails, but I might need some dollar store nail polish if not.
$09.93 - Mehron Face Paint - Bronze Star (Metallic)
$02.64 - CoverGirl Eye Liner - Black
$08.99 - Mehron Barrier Spray
I found a really nice wig for $9. His hair is pretty shaggy, so it shouldn't take a lot of skill to trim it. My mother tells me that leaving it braided for a while will add the waves to it.
$08.99 - Wig - Light Brown
And I went for the prescription contacts. His eyes vary from very gold to almost black. My eyes are dark enough that I could probably have gotten away with his dark eyed look without any help, but since I need contacts to get rid of my glasses, I figured I might as well get the gold ones.
$34.90 - Prescription Theatrical Contacts - Gold
And the total is $136.78. Not too shabby, since my goal was $200. I will need to pick up a couple of odds and ends, like the fabric for my collar. I don't expect to go over $150 though, so I'm pretty happy. I'll be sure to take pictures of the finished product.