9.27.2017

FUNKO HQ Store Visit



We got to attend PAX West this year and it is located in Seattle, WA. You know what else is located in Washington?

The new Funko store!

Funko HQ store opened in mid-August and is located in Everett, WA. I’m a two hour flight away but there was no way I was going to be able to handle the crowds during grand opening.  We had added an extra day at the beginning and end of PAX so we decided to figure out how to make our way to Funko HQ on Tuesday!

For those wondering how you can get to Everett, WA from Seattle without a car, it was very simple. You can catch the bus 512 over on 4th and Pike and get off at 34th and Broadway in Everett. It was about an hour bus ride with only 10 stops. The cost was $5.50.

Once you get off the bus, Google Maps said it was about a 16 minute walk but it didn’t feel that way. On the way we passed a comic shop and a doughnut shop that had delicious cookies. It’s all on the way.

So we left at about 1030am and get there a bit before Noon. The store is opened Tuesday – Friday at 11am. They are also open on weekends. 



The store was out of this world. You can see it from the streets! They had POP statues on the side of the building, the window displays were great, all themed around a property and filled with merchandise but once I walked inside I was blown away. They had a Harry Potter section, an Anime / animation section, DC Comics, Disney, Marvel, and of course Star Wars! They took POPs and Dorbz and made them life size / huge. It was so cute!!

I felt like I was at an amusement park minus the rides!

I tried my best not to buy all the POPs I was missing. I did do some damage but it wasn’t terrible at all. I picked up a horror movie POP I haven’t been able to find, a Leia shirt, and some Horror Pint Size blind bags!




I also figured maybe I can answer a few questions about the store!

Is it open to the public?
           Yes it is! They are closed Mondays but otherwise they are open unless something is happening.

I don’t drive / don’t want to rent a car how do I get there?
     Like I mentioned above from Seattle to Everett you can catch the 512 and walk once you get off at the stop. Google MAPS is your friend.

Did they have any exclusives?
     Yes and no. During opening weekend they had specific to the store POPs. When I was there they only had POPs they have been releasing on their online store.  They do have a collection of original characters, Wetmore Forest that you can pick up there.

How was their selection?
     It was pretty good BUT I didn’t find any chases/exclusives. I believe that unless you’re from the area and visit a lot, you won’t find any. I did pick up a POP that I haven’t been able to find locally though!


Were there any vaulted or store (Target, Wal-Mart etc) exclusive figures there?
     No. Everything was current / non-vaulted commons. When I walked into the Star Wars section they had the current ROGUE ONE releases, a few Star Wars (Yoda, Leia, Boba Fett,) second wave of The Force Awakens and of course a ton of the Last Jedi! There was no Target Porg or Wal-Mart General Leia abound.

Is it all just POP figures?
      Nope! They also had their shirts, pens,  Dorbz, VYNL, Rock Candy, and more. They also had non Funko items like purses from Loungefly!
(I just found out that Funko bought Loungefly so there is that!)

Can you take all the photos?
      Yes you can!! I took so many photos and we posed with everything we could!

I keep seeing you can make your own POP figures, is it true?
       They had a station set up for making your own POP figures but as of my visit it still wasn’t up and running. I hope to swing by once it is!
     
That’s all I can think of at the moment. Of course things can change later and this is all from my visit at the beginning of Sept. 




I had a great time running around taking photos and seeing the creations. If you are a fan of Funko and are in the area, absolutely visit! If you’re only going for exclusives, I’d wait till they announce something because when I showed up they were completely sold out of the grand opening ones.




I also created a video of my visit including me opening the Horror Pint Size blind bags! Did I get the ones I wanted? Watch and find out!




Have you gone to Funko HQ yet? What are your thoughts on it? Do you plan to visit? Do you think it’s overkill?

9.12.2017

Small Goals {September 2017}


Welcome to September and another set of small goals. I'm actually really proud of myself for continuing these small goals. I may not complete them but that I will keep creating and working on them at any given time even if it's no longer the corresponding month, is something. September has been off to great start and it will keep being great. August was pretty cherry too so I'm not complaining at all.

And with that lets see how August went for me!

August Goals:
1. Create /Sell a mystery box - I created a couple but I never got it up on ebay yet. I'm debating between ebay or Mercari. I'm trying to avoid ebay because of all those fees.
2. Clean up 4 more blog posts - I only cleaned up one!
3. Update my ABOUT ME page - I updated and added more photos and included more stuff about me. I like where I end up with.
4. Prep for my Disney Cruise- I think I'm prepped. I'll probbably realized I forgot something but I got our tickets, transportation to the port, paperwork filled out.

September showed up fast. Like I mentioned, August was cherry but than all of sudden it was September. My weeks are getting shorter. Time is moving faster.  I'm glad because of my vacation but at the same time it's a reminder that we are getting to the end of 2017 and I'm not sure I'm ready yet.

I wasn't ready enough to get my September goals figured out and written up early enough.  I flew to Seattle at the end of August, came home a few days later, catching up and here we are. The second week of September. 

There have been moments where I want to take a break for the month but I want to be held accountable.

September Goals:
1. Pay off one credit card in full - I've been doing well paying them all off but that pesky Paypal credit is taunting me. I mean, its all pay off balances in six months but I really need to stop doing that. My mission is to knock it all out this month.
2. Purge the accessories/jewelry - I have too many items and I have realized I don't really wear jewelry /accessories as much anymore. If I do it's mainly Star Wars or simple dainty necklaces. I was also into making my own nerdy jewelry at one time and I have so many supplies.
3. Complete one vlog - I'm trying really hard to get the hang of this whole vlogging thing! I have clips from Corgi Con, Disneyland, Funko HQ, things I did this summer and I want to share them if they are only for me.
4. Enjoy my cruise - I have plans to do nothing but lounge around. When Jaime and I vacation, we vacation hard. We're always running around, getting up early and just go go go! I'm going to relax and soak it all in. 

So wish me luck on completing these goals and of course getting that mystery box up and sold. I'll be writing a post about my experience for sure. Hope it will be later this month. 

Good luck with your goals!!

9.08.2017

Unearthed from my Closet : Magic and Unicorns


It's the only way to describe this skirt. It is made of Magic and Unicorns.

I found out about Elhoffer Design from a friend and I've been a customer ever since. My first piece was the vintage Black Widow inspired cardigan and it's gone down? up? hill from there. I've mainly been buying up her Star Wars inspired pieces but when she added maxi skirts to her store, I had to grab one.

Maxi skirts with pockets! It was a dream come true.


I'm not the type of person to wear bright, pretty colors. I stay with my blacks, blues, greys, - the darker colors. I don't think I can pull off anything bright so when the maxi skirts went up, I was going to buy the black one because black is safe and goes with everything.

I ended up buying this one instead.

I felt so pretty in this skirt. I even went with a white top and tried the whole knot style. I felt and looked adorable. I had a comment on my IG from a friend questioning it because it was pink and blue. I don't know y'all but I had confidence. I do battle with self doubt in how l look in clothes and just in general. I do climb out of that feeling and doing these outfit photos is one way of making me feel good about myself. Some of my favorite clothing companies as much as I love their items make me hate my body at times. The sizing is all over the map and I'm like there is no way an XXL is too tight and why is it showing my tummy like I'm pregnant?



I haven't had that with anything from Elhoffer Designs. Everything fits like its meant to and her dresses & skirt have that extra stretch in the waist area so I'm never stuck  having to decide to size up because of my tummy or size down because of my chest. This can mess with you!!

At least me anyways.

This skirt is so comfortable, flowly, and again it has POCKETS. The fabric is thick but not heavy at all. I wore it to a friends wedding reception in LA and I was absolutely comfy the entire time. All her items are locally made and the craftsmanship is the best. You know the saying "you get what you paid for," this skirt was defintly worth it.


Top: Forever21
Skirt: Elhoffer Designs
Shoes: Ross


I was a magical fairy this day.
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