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Con Care Kit: What you should keep in your Pocket Belt

Con Care Kit: What you should keep in your Pocket Belt

Fan Expo Vancouver 2020 starts tomorrow. Here’s a couple of things you should keep in mind when you’re putting together your cosplay tonight. I know that nothing ruins a cosplay quicker than a backpack or purse (unless your character carries either of those, obviously). But there’s just some stuff that you need to have on you at a convention. A pocket belt is a nice solution. It’s less intrusive than a bag and you can wear it on your hip to leave your hands free for taking pictures. Here’s what I think you need for your con care kit.

Picking Your Pocket Belt

First of all, you need to start with the right bag. Our classic pocket belt is a pretty good choice for any cosplay. It’s small enough to not detract from your cosplay but big enough to carry what you need plus your wallet, phone and keys. If you need a little more room, our steampunk pocket belt is also an excellent choice. It has a bigger main pocket, a zippered inside pocket and a leg strap. Both styles of pocket belts are available in black, brown, wine and green so you’re sure to find something that matches your cosplay.

Water and snacks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they spent their food money on stuff at a con. Food is important, it fuels your body and keeps you from getting hangry. If you know you can’t be trusted not to spend your food money, bring granola bars or protein bars. Even if you’re good with money, it’s nice to have a snack on hand for when you need it. Your body also needs hydration and Redbull doesn’t count. Bring a water bottle with you. Our pocket belts have a big ring on them that is perfect for attaching a reusable water bottle with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refill stations so you can stay hydrated all day long.

Cosplay Repair

Depending on what you’re cosplaying as, you’ll probably need a first aid kit for your cosplay. You’ll want a little ziplock bag with some safety pins, a travel sewing kit, some tape and anything else you can think of. Con days are long days and chances are that you’re cosplay might get a little tired after walking around for 8 – 10 hours. Make sure you have the right equipment to perk it up. Also if you ever see me at a con, I usually have lots of safety pins and I’ll be happy to share with you.

I think that covers the basics. If I missed anything, feel free to let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’d love to find out what you keep in your con care kits!

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Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

Fan Expo Vancouver 2020

What is Fan Expo?

Fan Expo is the place to be if you’re a fan of anything pop culture. Whether you love movies, cosplay, books, comics or toys Fan Expo is the event for you! There are vendors with everything your geeky little heart could desire. The artists alley is to die for. And there’s celebrities! Are you a The Mummy? Brendan Fraser will be there. How about The Addams Family? Then you better go say hi to Christina Ricci. Evil Dead? Bruce Campbell will sign your DVD. Love The Goonies? Corey Feldman will be there. And if you ever grew up watchingX-Files, you’d better get a pass to come say hi to William B. Davis. This is our eight year vending at the Fan Expo. It’s one of our favourite events to do and we are so excited to come back in 2020. 

When/ Where is Fan Expo?

Vancouver Fan Expo will take place at the Vancouver Convention Center. It will take place Saturday February 15th from 10am to 7pm, Sunday February 16th  from 10am to 5 pm and Monday February 17th from 10am to 5pm. Tickets start at $30 for a one day pass and go up to $229 for a three day VIP pass online. At the door only single day and family passes will be available and only while supplies last. 

Should you go?


This event is for you if you belong to pretty much any fandom. I guarantee that you’ll meet someone who shares your passion. Have you ever wanted to make a cosplay? Fan Expo is a great place to try it out. You get to be inspired by people who have been cosplaying for years and share the joy of your fandom with people you are just starting out. You’ll probably pick up some tricks of the trade while you’re there. If you don’t want to dress up that’s cool too! You’ll see lots of people in casual attire just enjoying the atmosphere. You should come check it out!

Show us your cosplay! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or use the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing so that we can check out your hard work!

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Boxing Day Sale and Holiday Hours

Boxing Day Sale and Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours:

  • Tuesday, December 24 11am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED
  • Thursday, December 26 11am – 7pm
  • Tuesday, December 31 11am – 7pm
  • Wednesday, January 1 CLOSED

It’s less than a week until Christmas! I hope you were good all year and that you made it onto Santa’s nice list. Don’t worry if you were naughty because we’re having a Boxing Day Sale so you can still get everything you wanted! For December 26, 2019 only, all regular priced items will be 20% off in store! You can get yourself something special and show Old St. Nick who is boss. We suggest grabbing something you’ve always wanted but never needed like a velvet cloak or corset.

But wait, what if you don’t live in Vancouver? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to access our awesome sale online as well! December 25 and 26 you can get 20% off all regular priced items by using the discount code BOXINGDAY20.  That means you can shop in your Christmas jammies while sipping on bailey’s and coffee from the comfort of your bed. Sounds like a good day to me.

Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions and everyday life. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out about sales and deals or sign up for our email list below.

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The Definitive Venus & Mars Holiday Gift Guide

The Definitive Venus & Mars Holiday Gift Guide

Hey guys it’s December! Christmas will be here before you know it. Have you started your shopping yet? It can be super stressful to go to the mall so we’ve come up with a Holiday Gift Guide to help you shop for the lovable weirdo in your life. All the items are available online or in store.

Gift Suggestion under $150 – Cloaks

Baby, it’s cold outside. Nothing will warm you up like a cloak with a generous hood. Clothing can be difficult to buy for other people but our cloaks are one size and fit all kinds of different shapes and sizes. As an added bonus, most people don’t own a good  quality cloak so you’ll be getting something they probably don’t have. It’s the perfect present for cosplayers, LARPers or someone who loves fantasy.

Gift Suggestion under $100 – Pocket Belts

What could be better than giving the gift of pockets? Everyone has stuff but not everyone has somewhere to put it. Pocket Belts are great for festivals, conventions or everyday life. They make a great present for your friend who always asks you to hold their wallet or keys.

Gift Suggestion under $50 – Goggles

What does everyone want to try on in the store? Goggles. Goggles are a bit like cloaks, almost no one has one but almost everyone likes them. They’re great for keeping the dust out of your eyes at Burning Man or as an accessory in your steampunk outfit. Goggles are the ultimate thing to give friends who go to festivals.

Gift Suggestion under $25 – Gift Card

Got a friend or relative who is a bit quirky but also super picky?  Don’t worry, we have gift cards. It’s nice to get someone a thoughtful present but sometimes the most thoughtful thing you can do is to let your friend pick their own gift. GCs are available in any amount over $25. GCs are great presents for anyone who always asks for the receipt.

Need more gift inspiration? Check out @venusandmarsclothing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We post (almost) everyday. If you would like to be featured on our social media use the hashtag #venusandmarsclothing. Want 15% off your first online order? Sign up for the Steampunk Tempest below.

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Winter Hours

The days are getting shorter and so are our hours! As of Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 our hours will be as followed:

Monday – Saturday 11-7
Sundays and Holidays 11-5

Holidays:
Remembrance Day (Nov. 11): 11-5
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24): 11-5
Christmas Day (Dec. 25): CLOSED
Boxing Day (Dec. 26): 11-7
New Years Day (January 1): CLOSED

Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list.

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