It's been a while since I've made a blog post. A few reasons really. So much has been going on in the world that I haven't really known what to say. From pandemics to protests - the world is changing. The last post I made was about how the convention scene was ending and the fear as to how that would affect small businesses like mine. Turns out on a personal level it's given me time to really focus on the online sales and the website, and thanks to all of your support it's kept me afloat and I'm still standing!
Taking part in the monthly Alternative Market has been a massive bonus and I'm sure many of you have found me through there. The next event is on the 31st July and 1st August 2020 on Facebook. Make sure you head over there for some market exclusives as well as lots of other great vendors - even start your Christmas shopping early.
As far as the protests stand I've made myself quite clear that I'm fully in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Everyone should be treated with respect and the colour of a person's skin, gender, sexuality, religion should never come into it. Last month I was able to donate £90 to the Exist Loudly Fund in support of young Black and POC withing the LGBTQ+ community. But it doesn't stop there, we all need to be challenging discrimination and having those uncomfortable conversations.
Like I said, the world is changing and for some that is a good thing, others it's not. People are struggling and I have noticed many of you have been buying 'pick me up' gifts, either for yourself or others and this has been lovely. I've been privileged enough to include some really nice gift messages and I hope they have made your day. If you want to share photos or feedback - that's really appreciated and you can either tag me @wraithmaille or #wraithmaille.
What does the future hold for WraithMaille?
At the moment conventions are not looking promising for this year, organisers are still waiting on guidance and no one knows what that will mean for the scene. For the time being I'll be focusing on the online side of things. I also offer a payment plan which is perfect for either cosplay items ready for next year (new tail anyone?) or of course I've already mentioned Christmas, just message me through Facebook or the website or you can email me here to discuss your requirements.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.