Many of the vendors in this blog sell similar items. Skirts and cholis being the main similarity. But I hope to point out some of the differences each one can offer. Of course, don’t take my word for it. Shop around, meet everyone and see what they have that you can’t get anywhere else. You may even want to pick up a card so you can get your students in touch with them.
One thing I did want to mention, another courtesy you can show the vendors is to not take photos of their creations. It’s one thing to take a photo of something after you bought it. It’s another thing to take a photo of something in hopes that you can recreate it later! If you need to take a picture, you know, to send to your spouse so they don’t freak out when they try to go to the ATM (again, just what I heard) then just ask them. But be sure to respect their answer and trust they have a really great reason. If you post photos on Instagram or Facebook then tag them to give them some credit and a little promotion. One word…. Karma!
So with that, let’s get to shopping!
UPDATE - Just got word that this vendor has some fabulous assuit bras (the ones they sell at the FCBD® studio) and ghawazee coats!! YAY! A trusted source, Becka Bomb from Kamalah Tribal, says these "Are some awesome chicks". Another Facebook friend, Zina, says their Turkish bodices are great quality. I'm excited to see what all they carry. I've seen the bras up close and personal and can attest they are well made. The assuit patterns on the ones I saw lined up perfectly on each cup! High quality for sure.
Vendors are open as follows:
Friday & Saturday 9am – 5:30, 7pm-10:30pm
Sunday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Here’s my recommendation for getting the most out of your shopping time. (edited due to a change in vendor availability on Thursday evening)
It’s important to remember DO NOT be late to class. It’s disruptive and you’ll miss the intro and explanation of the class, even the gratitude portion (moving meditation) so if you want to shop between classes you can try my method. If I have two classes that are either physically close together or if I have to pass by the vending area, I will allow myself about 7 minutes to stop at ONE vendor and always pick one that you aren’t going to have to try stuff on. Save clothing shopping for lunch or if you don't have a class scheduled. If you know a vendor only carries one of a kind items then it's best to go see them first. If you need costuming to wear to one of the shows then you should shop for those items early Friday.
So, here’s my secret (not so secret) shopping plan that could generally all go out the window depending on how quickly I spent my loot and what kinds of shiny things distract me from my plan of attack.
Friday between classes –
Salome’s Suitcase (with a focus on Sandi’s Ocean & Medina)
Super Natural Flowers
Friday Lunch –
World Emporium Kiosk
Saturday between classes –
Saturday Lunch -
FatChanceBellydance® - Bessie
I’ll hit the vendors that I don’t know and buy my last minute stuff! Trust me, there will be costuming that you seen in the shows and then realize you NEED those pieces! That’s what Sunday shopping is for!
If you are still reading after this loooong blog post then you are as serious about your costume shopping as I am! Congrats, you are going to have so much fun! As a bonus, you’ll have a full year to pay off your credit cards until the next Homecoming AND two words…. Tax deductible!
Enjoy! See you in two weeks!!