8.18.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: In the Name of the Moon


Sailor Moon has always been a part of my life. It was my gateway to Anime and it was my "being part of a fandom" before knowing fandom communities were a thing. I use to spend my days after school at the computer lab reading through everything and anything that could be found about Sailor Moon.

At that time it was tough because everything was in Japanese and not much English information was out there. I would navigate Japanese sites and print things out try to make heads or tails of it all. This is how I found out it was originally a series that was 5 seasons long with 3 movies and a bunch of shorts. I had photos, trading cards, stickers, and slowly discovered what fan fic was.



Sailor Moon also opened up the world of Anime to me and I started discovering fan subbers. I would send off blank VHS and they would send me episodes of whatever series they were fan subbing.

(Did I date myself?)

It took me years to collect all 5 seasons and three movies. The first two season were hard to find because even though they were heavily edited, no fan subber would touch them because they were available officially licensed. I found them all and even though they finally released them on DVD (not Sailor Moon Stars) I still have my VHS.

Sailor Moon is what started it all.

While Lilli was in town we took to a small Anime festival that was happening in Japantown and as she was showing off her love for Haikyu, I had to show my love of Sailor Moon.

Getting anything Sailor Moon even to this day is hard and expensive . While I was Japan, I got lucky when GU (sister store to Uniqlo) released a collection of Sailor Moon clothing. I had to visit three - four different stores until I found something. The Luna purse was one of them.

The jacket I found on Wish. It's probably not official (can't find any info) but I had to have it.


Sailor Moon jacket : WISH
White Shirt: Forever21
Jeans: Old Navy
Luna Purse: GU Japan

I fall in and out of love with different fandoms. It happens but Sailor Moon will always be a part of my life.

8.15.2017

Seven Tips for Selling on Mercari

Image Credit: Mercari

As a geek and collector of all things, I have amassed a huge collection of stuff in a tiny apartment.

It happens.

And as all things go, sometimes I end up growing out of that collection. I was very into the whole Vinylmation club. Now, I'm done collecting them and at times I just stare at them wanting to get rid of them.

Clothes is another can of worms. I love clothes. I have so many shirts. SO MANY. And as life happens, I start to not fit them. I keep them in my closet because I'm either going to lost the weight or gain it back. (Depends on the item) And who can really live like that?

This is where Mercari comes in. I discovered them around the time Poshmark came into my life. Poshmark was all about clothes and nothing more at the time. I had clothing items to sell but I had collectibles as well. I also learned that Poshmark was all about labels and the shirts I got at conventions weren't selling. I was told Mercari had more categories and a few people had luck selling their Funko's so I gave it a shot.

Two years later, it's my to go place to sell. I've made money from selling my items and even after the beta had ended and they charge 10% of your selling price, I continue to have great luck! I actually earned enough to help fund a good chunk of my Japan trip earlier this year and it helped me bring down some of my credit card balances. It does take a lot of work to sell but it's so much easier than on Ebay (all those fees) and you're not losing out money by taking the clothes to places as Crossroads Trading.

So with that,  here are my tips to selling on Mercari!!


1. Quality Photos - Mercari allows you to post up to four photos of the items you are selling. Take full advantage of this and take good photos.

I'm not going to lie, I'll take photos of items in bad yellow hallway lighting in front of my bathroom door just to get them listed. About 7% of the time those listings will sell. I'll get the likes which means folks are following the photo. When I go back and take better, clearer, good quality photos, they end up selling. It is a lot of work but the app makes it easy. You do it right from your phone.

When it comes to collectibles, take photos from all angels. Even take top and bottoms. Trust me.

2. List all the Information - List it all in the item description box.

Even if it's something you think shouldn't matter. Folks will still probably ask questions about the item but listing the actual color, sizing, measurements, condition, flaws, new - not new, I even list about how many times it has been washed to give the buyer an idea of wearing time left. Oh and please, please list  if you have animals. No one wants to open a package and have cat hair fly at them when they are deadly allergic. If it's relevant to the item add it! This will save you time from answering questions. I also noticed the more information I add, the faster it sells.

3. Don't be afraid to delete and relist - Nothing wrong with re-adding the item.

Sometimes all it take is updating the photos but sometimes you just need to delete it and re add it. Mercari is constantly being updated with new items every second. That item that is sitting at the bottom won't get seen anymore when folks search because eventually you get sick of scrolling. Re adding it gets it back to the top and more of a chance of being sold. I've done it a bunch with great success. You do have to go back to re photographing the item and adding in all the details but it's a great feeling when that shirt that has been on your page for two months finally sells!

But also learn to finally let go. - If it hasn't sold in months, time to donate it.


4. Don't be afraid to price it higher and than lower - Start it at the highest price you're wanting to sell it.

But don't go to crazy. Check out the competition and try to not be the highest. This will help also give you wiggle room to negotiate because you will get messages about lowering the price. And keep in mind that Mercari takes 10% off your sale as a fee. There are times where I forget that and don't take it into account but also I'm in the mission to move things out. Also, if you just want the thing gone don't be scared to price it low but again, take that fee into account.

5. Offer free shipping - FREE SHIPPING is like a burning candle to a moth.

Buyers love free shipping and there is nothing wrong with making that your selling point. Unless it's something really heavy or takes up a lot of packaging (FUNKO POP) I offer free shipping. Mercari gives you two options - you offer free shipping and Mercari takes the cost out of your final price. They send you a label, you pack it, slap it on, drop it the mail. Shipping starts at $4. Or you can take care of it yourself. I have noticed that shirts with tracking will ship under $4.00 so I just take everything to the post office and than enter the tracking number. They require tracking number.

I will say, there are times where I end up making less than 3 bucks on a item  because it went over a pound and the PO forces you to ship priority mail. My 10 dollar item earned me 9 dollars but I had to shove it in a $7 flat rate... do the math. But hey, 3 dollars is better than it just sitting at home or in a landfill.

6. Tweet that link out - I know, spamming is annoying but get your link out there!

I'll usually tweet my Mercari link when I post new items or refresh some listings. Just posting and waking away doesn't always work. Get that link out there. I notice a surge in sales after updating / adding new items and tweeting my link out. I actually have it as a pinned tweet and with RTing yourself happening, I'll do that twice a day for a couple of days. Just don't be that guy.

And speaking about listing...

7. Don't put it all up at once - I know right, sounds counterproductive but give them bit by bit.

When I first started, I had a box of stuff and put all of it up. I mean all of it. I got a couple of sales, some questions but than nothing. I cleaned out my closet and added half those items with a next batch up the following week. It keeps your listing fresh and as I just mentioned above, folks will see your listings. Also, keep in mind when your posting things. I mean San Francisco does have cardigan weather in the summer but not the rest of the country. Add more summer items with the random sweater listing here and there.

Again Mercari isn't just about selling clothes. I've had major luck selling shoes, collectibles, brand new / unused make up items, planner accessories, CD/Vinyl, Video Games, and what not.

If you've been thinking about using Mercari to sell, go for it! It's great for getting your unwanted items out to new homes! Their customer services is great and I haven't had any issues yet with buyers or with the few sellers.

If you're going to sign up, please use my code UKGBZD at sign up! You'll get a $10 dollar credit towards your first purchase!

Disclaimer: This post is NOT in any way sponsored by Mercari. These are my own thoughts/tips. I've been using the app for about 2 years and I'm loving it.

8.10.2017

Classic video game "Night Trap" to be rereleased for 25th anniversary!!



If you've ever wondered why or how the whole rating systems for video games came to be, you can thank Night Trap for that.

Night Trap was released 25 years ago on the Sega CD and sold close to 1 million units. It was a groundbreaking game at the time for it's use of full-motion video and surveillance style. Before the Sega CD, games were put on cartridges and couldn't hold much memory.

Now for you young ones that don't know about this game, Night Trap is an interactive horror movie spoof about a group of girls having a slumber party and becoming the targets of vampires. You as the player are watching the girls on surveillance and having to set traps to capture the vampires and save the girls from having their blood suck. Players must know when to activate traps, have the correct color codes for them to work and accumulate knowledge of the rapidly unfolding story.

The use of FMV wasn't the only reason for Night Trap's loyal following. The game was released in 1992 and by 1993 there was such an uproar over violence in video games. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman co – chaired the hearings, characterizing the game as ultraviolent, sick and disgusting, and incorrectly claiming the object of the game was to trap and kill the women. That wasn't what the story was about behind the game.


In the end, a lot of retailers pulled Night Trap from their stores and because of the hearings, the formation of the ESRB video game ratings system which we know and love today was placed into effect in 1994.

In honor of it's 25th anniversary, we will get the chance to play Night Trap all over again. The classic game will be re-released on August 11 and will be available both in physical form (limited copies) for PlayStation, XBOX, and PC! The digital release for PlayStation and PC will be on August 15 with XBOX following at a later date. This release of Night Trap was rebuilt from scratch and is a completely redeveloped and remastered version of the game. The video footage is near DVD quality and additional features were added. Check out the information below for the physical release of the game. 


PRODUCT INFORMATION

Standard Edition (PlayStation 4)
- Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.
- Region free.
- Includes full-color manual, large fold-out poster, reversible cover art.
- Available exclusively from Limited Run Games, $29.99.
- On sale Aug. 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Standard Edition (PC)
- Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.
- Region free.
- Includes a large fold-out poster.
- On a DRM-free disc for Windows PCs.
- Packaged in an individually numbered big box.
- Purchase price includes a digital download.
- Available exclusively from Limited Run Games, $34.99.

Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 4)
- Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.
- Region free.
- Includes full-color manual, large fold-out poster, reversible cover art, cassette tape featuring theme song, 4-inch custom embroidered Special Control Attack Team patch on black ballistic fiber.
- Individually numbered shrink-wrapped box specially tailored to be a throwback to the original red box Sega CD release.
- Available exclusively from Limited Run Games, $54.99.
- On sale Aug. 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Digital
- PlayStation: PlayStation Store; Aug. 15, 2017; $14.99. http://store.playstation.com
- Xbox: Xbox Live; Fall 2017. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live


These copies are so limited so you're gonna have to have some fast fingers to get yourself a copy of the game. There were be a bundle also for sale which will include one of everything Night Trap that is on sale tomorrow including a shirt and a 7" vinyl of the theme song. 

Be sure to follow Limited Run Games on twitter for more future releases and good luck tomorrow!

(Via: Press Release)

Small Goals {August 2017}


Ah, July... it was great knowing you. And August has started off amazingly. I got to see Hamilton on the last day of it's San Francisco run and it was so uniquely wonderful. Not that July wasn't great! There was so much happening that month but one of the highlights was getting to zipline across Fremont Street in Las Vegas. 
I'm terrified of heights and well, laying flat while zooming through the air sounded scary but once I got up there and it happened, I had so much fun. If you're ever in Las Vegas and get the chance, do it!!
And with that, lets check in with my July goals and see what I got done!
July Goals:

Blog:

1. Clean up seven posts - I deleted a lot of posts that just weren't irrelevant or you could totally tell I just did them to write it. 

2. Add photos to four posts - I fixed up about five posts and I even tweeted them out again. I'm actually bad when it comes to re sharing past posts I wrote. 

3. New blog layout -  It's up and running!! I really love this new layout. 

Personal:

1. Purge craft station - NOPE!!!

2. Clean out emails - I got it done!! That was a lot of emails and a lot of important missed ones!

3. Start training for the Super Heroes Half - I ran once. That is not any kind of training. 

I completely killed my blog small goals but not so much the personal ones. I didn't touch the craft station at all and one run isn't much of a training set up. Gotta get to it. I don't want to hurt myself during those two runs. 

And here's my goals for this month!
August Goals:
1. Create/Sell a mystery box - I saw a video about this on Buzzfeed and I guess it's a thing. I have so many toys / collectibles that aren't worth selling on their own but I believe making a box might be something. I'm going to give it a go and put one up on eBay and see. 
2. Clean up 4 more blog posts - This will probably be an on-going small goal but gotta keep working on it! This will either be fixing the photos or deleting posts. 
3. Update my ABOUT ME page - I think I may have done this earlier or tried to but it feels the same. Wanna change it up.

4. Prep for my Disney Cruise - I am so excited!! This is  my very first cruise ever and I have no idea what I'm doing or need. Gotta get ready for it! I got a month left before the trip!!


Your turn!! What goals did you create for August? 

8.08.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Rocking the Dots Minnie Mouse Style



Minnie Mouse has a special place in my heart. When I went to Disneyland for the very first time as a kid the one thing I was allowed to get was a plush and it was Minnie Mouse.

I still have it.



While I was in Japan earlier this year, Uniqlo released an entire Minnie Mouse collection. I wanted everything but thankfully the collection was also released in the States so I was able to wait till I got back. I ended up picking up this really cute top.


It was the perfect shirt to wear to Disneyland. I also wore my black polka dot skirt from Lularoe. These skirts are so comfortable especially running around all day.


Minnie Mouse has gotten so fashionable over the years and I may not be as cool as her but I'm definitely going to Rock The Dots!!


Minnie Mouse Top: Uniqlo
Black Polka dot Skirt: Lularoe
Mickey ears: Tokyo Disneyland
Mickey Mouse Backpack: Tokyo Disneyland


I had to get some photos over at Minnie's house in Toon Town!

7.25.2017

Scum and Villainy Cantina


“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

This Star Wars inspired pop up bar came across my radar last year and I of course I had to go. It was opening up in Los Angeles somewhere and I decide what the heck, I'm in San Francisco I can do this!

In case you are wondering, I don't drive. I don't have a diver's license. You don't need it in SF but it does make it difficult to do road trips.

You had to buy your tickets in advanced, like a year in advance I want to say. I don't really remember and it was 50 dollars a ticket. It included the cover and two drinks. I was going into it blind along with everyone else because there was no other information except the name, it was Galactic, and it would be in LA.


I've made other terrible adult choices when it comes to experiencing things, so I dove in! After getting the ticket for Jaime and I, we waited for the day when they would open up reservations which happened the beginning of this year. That was not fun at all. The site kept timing out. It wouldn't load everything. It would crash. People on facebook were freaking out because nothing was working. It couldn't handle the traffic. I finally got in after an hour of waiting and I was able to snag a spot for a Saturday in May. It was the first reservation of the day and it worked out.


Fast forward to May and we made our visit to Scum and Villainy Cantina. We got there around 230pm and the line to get in wasn't too bad. 3pm rolled around and they were still getting ready but as they were doing that, someone was outside getting our names and handing out the drink chips. By this time the line was getting longer and everyone was dressed up in one form or another!!

They finally let us in!! You make your way down the stairs in dim lighting while lasers were around you, smoke machines, and Sci-Fi music playing. The bar was small! I guess it was given due to it only being a pop up! There was 5 booths, a few hi tables and dozen or so stools at the bar. The reservations are set for two hours and only a small amount is let in. it was crowded but nothing terrible. Jaime and I claimed half a booth and while we did at one point had two folks join us, we pretty much had it to ourselves.


They had your basic bar food for purchase like nachos, quesadillas, and what not but that wasn't included in the reservation price. They had three main theme drinks and of course, your basic beers and stuff. We got to try all three theme drinks - Wretched Blue Milk, The Chosen One, and A Bad Feeling About This - and we both love Wretched Blue Milk. A Bad Feeling lived up to its name.

We both had fun hanging out, listening to some funky music, and enjoying the drinks. Once our time ended, we were given a pint glasses as we exited.



The 50 dollar reservation included entry, 2 drinks which for the ones we picked were at 12 bucks each, a pint glass, and a token to come back at another time which would of been awesome but we aren't local and I overheard that with token it would $10 bucks to get in.

50 bucks was a lot to drop for something we didn't really know about and in our case $100 for the two of us. I do have mix feeling about that... the drinks were 24 each since we go two and the glass would of been 20 if we bought it on it's own and that was already 44 but do I really need more glasses and in our case two?


But it was over all it was fun! I was with Jaime and we made it worth it the trip down with other events through out the day like visiting the Museum of Ice Cream earlier and after Scum and Villainy we had movie tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the El Captain theater.


And I have a video!! I'm still working out how I want to do this and what I officially want my channel to be about but here is a small video of us at the Scum and Villainy Cantina!!

Did any of you get the chance to visit? What were your thoughts and experience? Would you do it again?!



7.19.2017

San Diego Comic Con: Still be Part of the Fun!


San Diego Comic Con starts today and if you're like me, not being there feels like it sucks. It happens though and even though it seems like everyone else is going to be having fun, getting to see and do all the cool things, there are still ways for us to to stay connected to all the actions coming out of SDCC.


1. #SDCC - You can search the hash tag on pretty much any social media and you'll get real time news, photos, announcements, anything and everything.

2. News Site - Now if searching through the hashtag is not you're thing, your go to geek news site will probably be there and writing up all the posts. You can also set it so twitter can send you notifications to your phone via text message.

3. Trailers - Movies and TV will offer up trailers or BTS as a thank you to the fans and some of them will throw up the trailer after. The Walking Dead has done it almost every SDCC visit. Now not everyone will and sometimes a leak will pop up but I leave that to you to decide if you will watch it.

4.  All the EXCLUSIVES!! - Keep an eye out because a lot of places will put their exclusives online during or after the show. Funko just shared their list of which items will be where. In past years Hasbro and Mattel have put up their exclusives online at a later date. Hasbro doesn't announce it, it just goes up! Some folks will announce of they have left over a, they will sell them. Just keep that ear to the floor.

5. Wear your Geek on your Sleeve - Wear your geek clothing. If you had outfit ideas for each day the con, you should still do it!! Of course make sure it's all work appropriate but wear that Serenity shirt, that Star Wars dress, that Big Hero 6 Hat!

6. Get together with Friends - Is your entire squad home this year instead of at San Diego? Make plans to get together and freak out over those dropped trailers or the new movie announcements. Grab a bit to eat and talk about the newest comic news. Hang out and play some tabletop games, have a movie marathon, or help each other out ordering those Funko exclusives!

And if you're local to San Diego or near enough to get down there, you don't even need a badge! There are so many fun off site events that don't require it.

These are some ways for you to feel like you're still apart of the fun no matter where you're at!

What are some of the things you'll be doing to be part of the SDCC fun while at home?

7.18.2017

The Geek Girl Tag



It's been a while since I've answered a fun, geeky tag on the blog so when I came across ZombieGoddess Beauty's post with some fun geeky questions, I just had to hop on the train!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My phone, hands down. It does everything: keeps me connected, I can play games, listen to music. My phone keeps me sane during slow moments at work and being able to hear music is my everything.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

Slytherin.
Fight me.

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

The FANTASTIC Ninth Doctor. I don't understand why he doesn't get any love but he was so great. He evoked every feeling there is and probably more.

4.  If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

General Organa. I love Princess Leia but I would for sure pick having dinner with her when she's a General because you know she would have some fascinating things to tell.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

Right now, PS4 but forever the NES.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

Oh man, the ability to teleport. It would save me so much on airfare and I could travel!! Or at least visit Disneyland whenever I wanted.

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

That would be the world of Fantasia (The Neverending Story) before the nothing destroyed it, it looked so beautiful and I have always wanted to visit.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would it be?

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV series

 1. Star Wars
 2. Sailor Moon
 3. The X-Files
 4. Wonder Woman (TV and movie)
 5. Gremlins

11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

1. Super Mario Kart (Any of them)
2. Splatoon
3. Animal Crossing
4. Resident Evil (The original)
5. Dr. Mario

This was a fun tag and if you feel like creating a blog post with your own answers, I added the questions below for you to easily copy/paste.

The Geeky Girl Tag Questions:
1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favorite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
7. What is your favorite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

If you do ended up writing up a post please leave the link in the comments below!! I totally want to read your answers, get to know you a bit more, and possibly discover a new movie, game, what not!

Thanks for reading!!

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