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It’s that time of year again: convention season!
One of our favorite parts of being in the sock-peddling business is helping people find the right socks for them. As a mostly-online business, we don’t get to do this in person much, especially outside of our rainy Portland area. That’s why we get so excited for convention season! It gives us that much-needed chance to interact with some of our loyal customers in person, as well as giving some of you a chance to see our products up close.
We’ve got a great line-up this year, with some conventions across the country, as well as closer to our home in the Pacific Northwest. If we’re going to be in your area, come say hi!
Emerald City Comic Con
April 7th – April 10th
Los Angeles, CA
May 7th – May 8th
Denver Comic Con
June 17th – June 19th
September 2nd – September 5th
Rose City Comic Con
September 10th – September 11th
Geek Girl Con
October 8th – October 9th
We’re also debuting three limited-edition stickers at our 2016 booths. You can choose between pink, purple, and aqua. But pick wisely! These stickers are in short supply, and won’t be available anywhere else.
Hello dearest Taurus. It is your time to shine, and the next few weeks are all about you! As amateur astrologers, we Dreamers would like to cater to all of your sock needs and desires. So let’s get right to it, shall we?
The Bull gets a bad rep for being obstinate, and while that may be the case at times, the truth is not quite so simple. When a Bull has a path in mind, they will push through thick and thin to reach their destination as planned. They won’t let anyone or anything deter them, and really, why should you Taurus? Your tenacity has consistently lead you to your goals. When you want something, you make it happen. You, Taurus; you make your own dreams come true, and that is something to be admired.
What others might see as bull-headedness, we like to think of as perseverance. A bull does not give up, even when everyone else has. You are tough as nails Bull, and you deserve socks that can hold true to your stalwart gate. Darn Tough makes just the right kind of socks for you. These are stubbornly sturdy socks Taurus. In fact, the company that makes them (right here in the USA) is so confident in their indomitable design that they have dubbed them “the best possible socks the world has to offer.”
Now Taurus, while we know that you work hard to achieve your goals, we also know that all work and no play makes Taurus a dull bull. So indulge yourself Taurus, we know you’ve earned it! Here is just a smattering of some of the most luxurious socks we have to offer for our industrious Bulls.
You are a sensitive beast Bull, and we know that not any old synthetic fiber will work for you. Luckily, we’ve created a few collections of socks made with natural fibers, from cotton, to wool, to our personal favourite, bamboo! Comfort is of the utmost importance to you Taurus, and it just so happens that comfort is our forte.
For the next few weeks, while The Bull rules the heavens, we’ll be giving our special Taurus themed stickers to anyone who asks. We’ve a limited number, so place your Birthday orders soon Taurus, and don’t forget to ask for a sticker in your order notes when you check out. Happy Birthday Bulls, may your month be steady, soothing, and sumptuous!
They say that April showers bring May flowers, and here in Portland that couldn’t be more true! While we understandably have a pretty extensive collection of floral socks, we also have a small, yet growing assortment of rain and water themed socks. You won’t find them as an existing category on the website, though, which is why we’ve been saving this round-up for a rainy day…
Beyond the accurate observation that plants require water to thrive, the “April showers” rhyme reminds us that we all have times when we must endure hardship or unpleasantness in order to make it to a better day. Arroyo Midcalves from Sweet Marcel are named for seasonally-filling streams, and as such they offer the same message of hope and endurance, only in this case the rain isn’t a trial to overcome — it actually brings an end to the hardship of drought. Featuring water droplets, this design really couldn’t fit the theme any better!
Of course, those of us who see nothing but cloudy skies for six-to-nine months of the year may tend to have a little trouble relating to the hardships of drought. It’s not that we lack empathy – it’s just that when you don’t see the sun for months, the lack of vitamin D can really affect your mood! While socks won’t take the place of vitamin supplements, these cloudy styles are so cute that they might help you to appreciate the weather, even when it’s raining cats and dogs!
Now raining cats and dogs is one thing, but sometimes it rains so hard in places that there’s flash flooding! This is just a little too exciting for most folks, and by exciting we mean dangerous! Better to dip your toes into some water-themed socks than actual flood waters, if at all possible…
On the other hand, if you know your feet are going to be submerged, we have socks for that! Showers Pass, a Portland-based cycling gear company, has developed waterproof socks, which also wick moisture out from the inside, for the ultimate in dry feet. How practical is that?!
As much as we enjoy finding socky solutions for any kind of climate, we completely understand if some of you are just absolutely Done with being rained on for the year. For those of you who are simply over it, we leave you with this final suggestion to get you through the last of the rainy season….
This week we’ll be kicking off event season with Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, WA. ECCC is always one of our favorite stops, and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us.
You can find us as Booth 303, on the south side of the show floor. If you come up from the main escalators in the WA State Convention Center, we will be one of the first booths when you enter the show floor.
We’ll be handing out 2016’s con-exclusive stickers, as well as our usual deal of a free pair of select socks for purchases of $30 or more. Come say hi!
With con season gearing up, we’re looking ahead to one of our favorite parts of vending—seeing all the fantastic cosplay!
Dreamer Lucy as Ramona Flowers
Although we can’t claim supernatural powers of prediction, there are a few things we’re expecting (and hoping) to see a lot of this year. And a few recommendations that will help you keep this year’s cosplay on point.
Super Heroes (and Villains)
With so many super hero movies (and TV shows) coming out this year, we’re expecting to see a lot of Marvel and DC’s finest wandering the con floor. From Deadpool to Captain America, there’s a lot of material to cover. We’re hoping Wonder Woman will also put in an appearance, even though she won’t get her own movie until 2017.
- Rock a Deadpool-inspired look with some Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in black and red.
- Grab some Fishnet Pantyhose or Sporty Striped OTKS (with red or blue top stripes) to put that finishing touch on your Suicide Squad Harley Quinn cosplay.
Blast from the Past
Never has the phrase “everything old is new again” felt quite so accurate, at least in the con scene. This year will see a lot of familiar faces gracing the big and small screens; whether it’s Mulder and Scully’s return to investigating X-Files, a new generation of Star Wars fans out in force, or the re-imaging of everyone’s favorite ghost-busting team, 2016 feels comfortably nostalgic.
- Grab some delightful neutrals to compliment your Jedi attire. Strong with the force are these socks, yes.
- There’s nothing quite as fashionable as some classic green slime. Who you gonna call?
Animation continues to win many hearts, both young and less-young, and this year promises to see a bunch of cosplayers doing their fandoms proud. Old favorites continue to stay strong, with a plethora of Sailor Moon and Adventure Time cosplayers (remember Rae’s Fionna cosplay from last year?), as well as some newer favorites like One Punch Man and RWBY. With the end of Gravity Falls, we’re expecting to see a bunch of fans giving their favorite series the appropriate sendoff (though of course, the end of a show never means the end of cosplay!), in addition to a continuing rise in Steven Universe cosplayers.
- Where will your star go? Whether ankle or thigh, we’ve got a few options to help pull together your Steven Universe-inspired look.
- Don some Toe-Tal Recall Midcalves to give homage to a certain Demon Cyborg.
As always, sometimes the most exciting costumes are the unexpected ones, so never feel confined to the current trends! Regardless of who you’re dressed as (even yourself!) we love to see our items in action, so if you’re wearing anything you purchased from us, be sure to visit our booth at one of the cons we’re attending! Your picture may even end up in one of our con reports.