Getting Costumed Up!

Here are links to local businesses and internet businesses to get costume ideas

Retailers and Wholesalers for LARP gear:

Cautionary notes for purchasing gear from the below distributors:
• Many of these sites are resellers for other companies, meaning they buy gear in bulk and re-sell them at inflated prices. In some cases it might be possible to get a better deal by buying direct from the manufacturer, if the manufacturer offers this option.
• For the companies located overseas, good looking deals may not be so good once you take into account exchange rates and international shipping costs. In most cases it will be far cheaper to buy local. Purchases from these companies are best made for unique items that are unavailable from a Canadian distributer.
• Most importantly, some of these websites sell real weapons. Be absolutely sure you're buying a LARP safe weapon, or you'll end up spending a pile of dough on something you can't bring into game and might just get seized at the border.

Contents Guide:
A - Armor
W - Weapons
S - Shields
C - Clothing
M - Makeup and prosthetics.
X - Accessories (Belts, pouches, scabbards, flasks, etc.)
J - Jewellery (Rings, Necklaces, etc.)
O - Other

Local Shops:

Dark Age Creations
ACX
Prices in CAD. Pay in store via cash, credit or debit. Operates out of Calgary, Alberta.
There is no online catalogue for this site as they generally don't do much reselling. Most of their work is in creating custom pieces or special orders. They're ones to visit in person if you live in the Calgary area.

Don's Hobby Shop
CMXJ
Prices in CAD. Pay via credit card or PayPal, or in store. Ships from Calgary, Alberta.
Two walk-in locations in Calgary, Alberta. This is a great place to get your racials; everything from elf ears to dwarven beards to pixie glitter. Sells a wide range of makeup from the super cheap stuff right up to the professional grade makeup for movies.

Epic Armory (Sold at Myth Games & Hobby Inc. #4 3434 34th AVE NE)
AWSCMXJ
Wholesaler only. Items must be purchased through a third party reseller.
The Epic Armory catalogue and sizing is a little bit difficult to work with. More detailed information may be available on the third party websites.

Gwen's Costume Closet

C

Gwen is our on site costume maker. She excels at custom tailored LARP costuming. From cloaks, to pouches to full ensembles.

Value Village
CXO
Prices in CAD. Store locations all over.
Great place to find all kinds of random clothing items, and maybe a few other bits and bobs. Because it's a second hand shop, you're unlikely to find exactly what you want, but are likely to find many things that will do. Great place to shop if you're on a budget.

Windlass Steelcrafts (Sold at Myth Games & Hobby Inc. #4 3434 34th AVE NE)
ACXJ
(LARP Weapons through third parties)
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card, or with a check or money order drawn on US funds. Ships from Conyers, GA USA.
This is a bit of a strange site. The layout is a bit odd, but they have an interesting selection of armor, clothing and miscellaneous other items. They do also make some really different and interesting LARP safe weapons, but they don't sell them directly.
Windlass LARP weapons are available from Dark Knight Armoury, Medieval Collectables and Kult of Athena.
***WARNING*** Do some research and exercise caution before ordering a Windless LARP weapon, as there haven't been any in game yet. Check the specs to be sure they fall within our requirements and have a weapon marshall look at a link.***


North American Distributers:

Arm Street
AWSCXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via PayPal. Ships from Unites States.
Accepts custom measurements on armor and clothing.

Battle Ready
AX
Prices in GBP. Pay via credit card, PayPal, cheque, wire transfer. Ships from United Kingdom.
Absolutely spectacular leather working.

By The Sword
AWSCXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from Ft. Myers, Florida, USA.
Their selection of boffer weapons and armor is limited and will probably be cheaper from other sites as this one's just reselling Calimacil and such. However, their selection of other items is extensive and worth looking through.

Calimacil
AWSX
Prices in CAD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from Quebec.
Calimacil is the manufacturer of much of the boffer safe weapons and shields offered by other sites. Ordering direct from Calimacil will likely be a lot cheaper. Their armor is a little on the pricy side, but it's exceptionally high quality.
***WARNING*** Alliance LARP has banned Calimacil weapons in all chapters across the board. If you're ever planning on visiting an Alliance game, it might be a good idea to see if another manufacturer has a similar item available before purchasing a Calimacil one.***

Dark Knight Armoury
AWSCXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card, money orders, PayPal, Google Checkout. Ships from Princeton, IN USA.
Reseller of Windless, Calimacil, Epic Armory, and Forgotten Dreams LARP weapons. Wide selection of licensed products from TV, movies and video games. Categories broken down by culture and era.

Fantasy Armor
AX
Prices in CAD. Pay via PayPal. Ships from Montreal, Quebec.
The website is a little strange. It's in French by default and you have to click a link on the left to make it appear in English, however this link doesn't work from the homepage. You have to click on any other page, and then click the In English link. I've reported this issue to him ages ago, but it doesn't look like it's getting fixed. Still, this looks like a great place to pick up some unique items, especially some interesting plate masks.

Forgotten Dreams
WS
Wholesaler only. Items must be purchased through a third party reseller.
Manufactures some of the most awesome LARP weapons and shields available, and (for the right price) will custom make items to your exact specifications.
Sold by Dark Knight Armoury, By The Sword, LRP Store, Medieval Collectables, and Primal Forge.
***WARNING*** Do some research and exercise caution before ordering a Forgotten Dreams LARP weapon, as there haven't been any in game yet. Check the specs to be sure they fall within our requirements and have a weapon marshall look at a link.***

Garb The World
CXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card, money order or cheque in USD, PayPal or gold. Yes, gold. Ships from USA.
Clothing is custom made to your exact specifications. Choose materials, linings, trim, decorations, clasps and buttons, etc. Because each item is made to order, creation and delivery will take roughly 4-6 weeks. There is also a selection of pre-made clothing which will ship much faster.

Kult of Athena
A
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card, PayPal or USD money order (special instructions for this option). Ships from USA.
The catalogue is much larger than it looks at first glance. You'll have to dig around a bit to see the full selection.

LARP Fantasy Heroes
AWSCMXJ
Prices in CAD. Pay via PayPal. Ships from Canada.
Reseller for Epic Armory. In fact, 90% of their stock is Epic Armory gear, however they have a fantastic selection of great looking medieval jewellery at low prices.

Medieval Collectables
AWSCMXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card, money order or PayPal. Ships from USA.
Great selection of costumes, footwear, hats, crowns, leather masks, jewellery, banners, antique locks (including a chastity belt), and all kinds of other goodies.
Reseller of Epic Armory, Calimacil, Forgotten Dreams, and Windlass LARP weapons.

Museum Replicas
WSCMXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from USA.
Great selection of costumes and jewelry, arranged by category or theme. Some LARP safe weapons available.
***Warning*** The armor on this website is manufactured the same way as boffer weapons. It’s actually latex made to look like metal, and is not suitable for use in Alliance (at least not if you want any armor points for it).***

Palnatoke
AWX
Prices in Euros. Mostly wholesaler. Currently only distributed in North America by Strongblade, but they will ship direct from europe at additional expense.
Most of their LARP weapons don't look all that impressive, though there are a few gems, but the leatherwork is spectacular.

Red Sky Trader
AX
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card. Ships from USA.
Half of it's nautical related and there is some armor available here, but the real draw to this site are the accessories under the section "Red Sky Delights". This is a great site for bizarre little goodies you probably won't find anywhere else.

Strongblade
AWSCXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from USA.
Most of their selection is more of what you'd get on other sites. I’m just listing this as the only distributer I've found for Palnatoke equipment.

Supply Sergeant
XO
Prices in CAD. Ships from Edmonton, Alberta. Physical location in West Edmonton Mall.
The items of most interest from here are the camping gear and accessories for use in the summer months. Though if you also play Starfall or Heroes and Villains, you may find some costumes as well.

The Masque
CMX
Prices in CAD. No online catalogue. Located in Calgary, Alberta.
Mostly masquerade and ballet type costumes, but they do have a small selection of other things like hats and a few period pieces.

The Ring Lord
O
Prices in CAD/USD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from Saskatoon, SK Canada.
Supplies rings, scales and tools to make mail armor.

Theatre Garage
CMXJ
Online catalogue and information is minimal, but if you live in the Edmonton area their physical store is located at 10570 109th street. More information welcome.

Timeless Tailors
AWSCMXJ
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from USA.
They have some amazing products, but they’re insanely expensive in general. High quality at high prices.

Think Geek
CXJO
Prices in USD. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from USA.
You're not likely to find a lot on this site. It's mostly modern, tech, geek things. However, they do occasionally have some clothing or accessory that's absolutely perfect for a medieval character. For example, they have some hobbit feet slippers and they've even sold chainmail in the past.

Your Dress Maker
CX
Prices in multiple currencies. Pay via credit card or PayPal. May ship from Thailand. Not verified.
Extensive collection of medieval and renaissance clothing, and accessories. It can be a little pricy, but the quality looks spectacular. Orders are customizable with material choices and measurements.

Zentai Zentai
O
Prices in multiple currencies. Pay via credit card, PayPal, or Western Union.
Extensive collection of pre-made zentai suits, with an option to custom order. Interesting items for other Tale Tale events may be found under the superhero or cosplay sections. Also has a collection of decent looking, yet relatively inexpensive wigs - mostly feminine or anime styles.


Overseas Distributers:

LARP Inn
AWSCMXJ
Prices in GBP. Ships from United Kingdom. Verified they do ship to Canada.
Resellers for several other companies that can be purchased cheaper locally, however they have a selection of unique clothing and accessories that may be worth looking at.

Mask World
MX
Prices in Euros. Pay via credit card. Ships from Germany.
Amazing selection of prosthetic teeth, hands and feet, beards, masks, and all kinds of other unique goodies.

Medieval Merchant
CMXJ
Prices in GBP. Pay via credit card, debit card or PayPal. Ships from England.
Most of the LARP related gear is similar to what you'd find on this side of the ocean at far cheaper prices, however there are two sections worth checking out on this site. The clothing section has a decent selection of tunics, dresses, bodices, and a few other interesting bits and pieces (more selection for the ladies than men). The crowns section has some interesting headgear, some of which is reminiscent of what the elves in Lord of the Rings might wear.
*** NOTE *** The online store is not set up for sales outside Europe and the United Kingdom. I have verified the will ship to Canada, but you have to contact them by e-mail. Send a complete, detailed list of everything you'd like to purchase with your full shipping address to info@medievalmerchant.co.uk and ask for a quote on the total cost. ***

The Viking Store
AWSCMXJ
Prices in USD/GBP/Euros. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from England.
Much of the weapons and armor is the same old Epic Armory stuff, however this is another site with a great selection of jewelry.

Your LARP Store
AWSCMXJ
Prices in Euros. Pay via credit card or PayPal. Ships from Germany.
Much of the weapons and armor is the same old Epic Armory stuff, however this is another site with a great selection of jewelry and some interesting containers (mini-chests and such).


Other Sources:
E-Bay Canada \ E-Bay USA \ Amazon Canada \ Amazon USA
E-Bay, Amazon, and other national auction sites are great places to find unique pieces of costumes and gear. Some caution should be exercised in purchasing manufactured items as many people will buy items in bulk, and mark them up for resale. Most of the manufactured items can be purchased cheaper from regular vendors or direct from the manufacturer.

Etsy
A similar idea to the auction houses, but more craft focused. Here is where you're more likely to find unique, vintage, hand made, one of a kind or limited run clothing and jewellery.
made, one of a kind or limited run clothing and jewellery.

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