Well, just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse...
Yesterday my storage unit was broken into. The timing of the whole thing is so bad it is almost laughable, too. I had just recently moved a bunch of crafting supplies, tools, and my convention table box into storage while there were no conventions, and while I was doing some big renovations to the space where that stuff usually live. The storage unit I chose was the one that felt the safest to me. It was well lit, well attended, everything you would want in a storage unit. They were almost finished with an indoor storage facility, and I was supposed to be moving into an even more secure unit there when it opens. It is opening next weekend. See what I mean about the timing?
I could have lost a lot more than I did. But what I did lose is kind of sickening to think about. I lost a lot of my hand tools and supplies that I use for making cosplay. I lost the electronic components I was going to be adding to a large World of Warcraft armor project that I was going to start building really soon. I lost my two vinyl signs and their stands, my table coverings, my photo books, my point of sale equipment (a tablet and card and chip reader), and allllllll of my prints. All of them. Basically everything I use when I guest at a convention is now gone. And without the tools and supplies I had in there, I don't know how I will get through the costumes I had planned to tackle.
I have already filed an insurance claim, but I honestly don't expect it to amount to much. Most of the stuff I lost doesn't have the kind of value they recognize, like the prints and the vinyl signs. But that stuff will cost me hundreds of dollars to replace. Luckily I have a little while to replace things, since Covid has pretty much stolen 2020 from us all. Still, The whole thing is a little overwhelming to think about. I basically have to start all over again.
As much as I didn't need to drop a bunch of money buying stuff I already had, the real worst thing about all of this is how violated I feel. Someone went through all of my personal stuff. They touched my things! Y'all, they opened the box that Tim the plant was in. He's still there, but it just feels so wrong.
As much as all of this sucks (and it really REALLY sucks), it has been really great to see so many of my friends and fans want to help. I appreciate all of you so much! Just having that many people checking on me, commiserating, and letting me talk through and process all of the icky feelings has been really humbling. And all of my friends who have tossed a coin to your cosplayer, thank you! I have to rebuild. I have to get back to work making costumes. I love what I do. I want to keep doing what I do. Thank you to all of you who believe in me so much that you want to help me get back up on my feet. It means the absolute world to me. I am prioritizing my list and deciding what is going to be needed first right now. I'll be back, and better than ever. You can bank on that.
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Amazon Wish List to replace what was lost