Sometimes it's hard to say goodbye
Unless they have unlimited storage space, eventually cosplayers have to go through their cosplay closet and make some tough decisions. I'm throwing this blog in the "retrospective" series because I find this is an activity I've done repeatedly throughout my cosplay life and a little wisdom helps make the process easier.
More blogs in the 10 year Cosplay Retrospective Series:
Week 1 -Wigs | Week 2 - Make-up | Week 3 - Armour | Week 4 - Cosplay Closet Purge | Week 5 -Planning | Week 6 - Inventory |
Let's start with the easy part. You should keep your costume if:
You have to justify the space it is taking up. Are you planning on fixing it up or are you just saying that so you don't have to say goodbye?
My Scout costume is an example of both a sentimental and "wear again" costume. It was my first costume where I thought the end result matched the art. Also, Granado Espada is an often cosplayed series, so I might tag along for a group shoot if I get the chance. However, the sword was no longer up to snuff and has been tossed.
Try to keep your costumes in a room with controlled temperature and humidity to give them the best chance at a long life. Heat/cold/humidity all work to warp and damage costumes overtime especially things that are glued together. Old hot glue has claimed many of my old costumes.
You can read more on this topic in my blog about organizing you craft room.
Some costumes have better lasting powers than others. Fabric heavy costumes fair better that some armoured ones (I'm thinking of the pre-worbla days). Anything that is hot glued will get worn down after a few years. Also, as your skills improve you will outgrow certain costumes.
If you are going to trash it, after you say your prayer to the cosplay gods, be sure to salvage what you can from the remains. Remember these things should be easily gleaned.
Things to keep:
But, but... I don't know about this one...
Sleep on it. I'm at that place with two costumes right now: Cheetah and Beast (Kuroshitsuji). Cheetah is a pretty inconvenient costume but the quality is good enough to keep me holding on for another shoot. I only have one shoot with her so far and I would like to get some kind of Ame-Comi group going before retiring her.
As for Beast, I don't think the quality is high enough for resale. I really want a photo in a circus or with a tiger since she is an animal tamer.
Behold my Cosplay Graveyard - Spooky
If you are still undecided about trashing a costume, click on the images below to find out why I scrapped mine and what items I kept.
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