View Full Version : Sell Feeler: Cosplay store Opinions needed!

06-08-2007, 02:34 AM
So my friend just had a baby, we are moving in together and we were thinking of ways for us to make some extra money to pay the rent, and I thought about us taking about 8 commissions a month for really any kind of costume.

But I'm wondering if there is enough interest out there for us to do this to pay the rent?

I think the cheapest We would charge for a more basic costume is $150-$200 and the more expensive ones would be upto say $500.

Some Things I have made before. (more in my profile)


You get the point

Is there enough Inertest out there from people for us to take on this project and Just sew things for the costuming world? And I know our price's are higher then thoes on e bay but we also use high quality material, we line everything we make and all edges are finished.

Any feedback would be great

06-08-2007, 03:53 AM
I Think it's feasible, I know personally I appreciate work done domestically by a commissioner I can actually communicate with in English. No offense, since there are some very nice costumes coming out of Asia however other domestics like Limebarb.com have done very well making top quality costumes at higher prices.

Best of Luck

Edit: Haha I didn't even notice you were Katasha from here in Alberta, I've seen some of your costumes in person and they are indeed very nice.

06-08-2007, 05:08 AM
Awww well thank you very much!

I am not so worried about me paying the rent, a local theater group haired me recently so I'm totally set but, my friend with the child is short of money as she has to take care of the young one and was wondering how she could make some extra cash, while still being at home. And I really think she could do well enough to pay the rent no problem. Sell 4 or so High end commissions a month and Your set.

All comments are really welcome!

06-08-2007, 07:48 AM
we were thinking of ways for us to make some extra money to pay the rent, and I thought about us taking about 8 commissions a month for really any kind of costume.

But I'm wondering if there is enough interest out there for us to do this to pay the rent?

I think there would certainly be enough interest, the trick is turning that interest into actual sales. ^_~

Unless you're already well-known and have people clamoring for your costumes, you'll have to work hard to get that 8 commissions per month, on top of making sure you have time to carefully complete them all up to your standards.

The best thing to do at first is to set up a simple website showcasing the work you can do. People love to see examples!

06-08-2007, 01:37 PM
Unfortunately as was already hinted about in an above post, the asian market is currently dominating a good portion of the community that wants to purchase costumes. They just seem to be able to do it faster and cheaper. I know personally that my sales have been GREATLY effected by this and I now struggle to get even one commission a month whereas at one point I was working on an eight month lead time on orders.

Unfortunately, whereas some people are more willing to purchase costumes domestically and pay the premium, you are going to find that the vast majority want something cheap and as fast as possible. I have to agree that you would probably find it hard to get eight orders per month. As much as I hope that things change, until the Asian market calms down a bit, it is tough times for us costumers because everybody wants a costume for $40 and they know they can get it that cheaply off of ebay....

06-08-2007, 04:52 PM
Even so, I would give it a try. Your costumes look absolutely fabulous (okay, the Sumomo may have scarred me for life, but it's still a great costume XD)

You've already got some good examples, so that definately a plus. Heck, once I started making my costumes I figured I'd never commission anyone for a costume again. That is, until I saw a certain commissioner's amazing examples and just *had* to get something done :)

As earlier mentioned, despite higher prices, Limebarb got a good deal of business due to good quality, having awesome examples, and speaking clear English XD

It'll be a little trouble getting your feet wet (those first few commissions) but if you can get through those wonderfully with buyers who are willing to pimp your service, it'll get much easier from there. Hey, maybe even start with a few premade things like Sailor fukus.
If you can get those first few, have em give feedback and at least post in the Commissioner Rating thread (where I found my commissioner ^_^)

Good luck!


06-09-2007, 03:22 AM
Thank you for the kind words!

I have done around 20 commissions before and I do enjoy it but I have only done say one every other month. I think I will try this, take on maybe 3 a month to start test the water as you said, I don't wanna get rich off of this ( just yet) Just help pay the rent..

06-09-2007, 03:50 AM
Mark's balls were so not pleased with Sumomo. Many laughs :)!

Katasha, I've always been a fan of your work. I live down in Medicine Hat, if I ever find myself too strained for time to make my own costume I'll definitely come to you for a commission.

Your Daisy will always be my favorite <3.

06-10-2007, 01:52 AM
Aww well thank you guys so much for the kind words. I don't really NEED the money to pay rent but I think I may take a few commissions a month or so, see if I cant get some extra spending money and it always looks good on your portfolio.

06-10-2007, 06:25 AM
First off like mentioned before, DON'T DROWN YOURSELF IN WORK YOU CAN'T KEEP UP WITH! Also to make sure you don't get scammed, do what other commissioners on her are doing, a contract. I don't know too much about it, but it has to be a good idea. I know being a person who has been ripped off every time I have tried to get a commission, that a contract would make me feel a little better about doing a commission with someone. Again as said before, show your work, what you have show here is beautiful work, and that should deffently help people consider commissioning you. Best of luck and let us know how things go when you start!

06-10-2007, 02:43 PM
Katasha! I got a wig from you and it was muchly excellent, and you were certainly more pleasant than some people i've worked with ^^;;

I wouldn't mind comissioning a costume from you since you're local and your work is totally amazing.

I was wondering how much would an O-ren costume from Kill Bill vol 1 cost? the black kimono/yukata from the first scene she's in.

See you at AE!

06-10-2007, 03:22 PM
*L* I've not seen the movie. Do you have a pic of it dear? And would you like it made with a traditional Japanese Kimono Pattern ( takes a little more time) or the wonderful simplicity one.

06-10-2007, 03:36 PM
The black one

I can't decide if i want the black or white :S


I don't mind which one you use, as long as it looks good :D

06-12-2007, 07:17 PM
Wow thanks everyone for the PM and interest in commissions. I'll be getting back to all of you in the next 2 days. PB Let me go take a peek at my fabric land and I can give you a quote and you can decide from there if you want to commission me, thansk dear!