Happy May! How is everyone doing? We hope you’re staying safe and staying happy. Everyone on the VM team and their families are all doing well. Let’s get the business out of the way. The store is still closed but our online shop is open 24/7 with free shipping within Canada. We’re making face masks out of all of your favorite fabrics and we’re donating a mask to healthcare workers for every mask sold. We started an affiliate program where you get a code for 15% off to give to your friends and family and for every purchase made with your code, you get $5 in store credit (DM us on Instagram if you’re interested). Phew, now that’s out of the way here’s something new.
We miss your faces and we’ve noticed that a lot of restaurants have pick up windows. It made us think, what if we had a pick up window? Like a lot of restaurants, we’d have to operate on a limited menu. We’re going to start with having face masks, 3 in 1 tube scarves, veils, bandanas and goggles available. For hygienic reasons, we can’t let you try them on or handle them too much but you would be able to take a look at the product in person and get your mask right away instead of having to wait for it to come in the mail. We will only be accepting debit and credit as payment. The window will be open Monday – Friday from 1:30 – 3:30 to start. We’ll increase hours if the demand is there. We’ll also be available for curbside pickup of online orders if you want your goodies quicker than Canada Post will deliver them.
What do you think of our new plan? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Stay safe. Drink lots of water. We’ll get through this together.
We hope you’re doing well. We hope you’re all being safe and continuing to take isolation seriously. It’s been difficult but at least it’s sunny out now.
Okay so hands up, how many of you have downloaded Tik Tok since this whole pandemic started. No really, you can tell us. Devon downloaded it and she’s been addicted to it. It’s a great way to be creative and pass the time when you’re stuck at home. Plus you get to see how other people around the world are coping with these unprecedented times. Although we’re closed, Devon has been going to the store 5 days a week to process online orders, take pictures for the website and do inventory. By the way, if you want to do an order with curbside pick up instead of shipping that can totally be arranged. You can either email us or call the store to set that up.
But back to Tik Toc. Devon has made a couple of Tik Toks in the store so we made a little compilation for your viewing pleasure in case you’ve already watched everything on Netflix, Prime and Crave. Everything in the video is available for purchase on the website. To save you time, here’s a link to the Face Masks. Everyone wants Face Masks right now (in case you weren’t aware, we’re donating a mask for every mask sold to healthcare workers). Enjoy!
What are you doing to keep busy right now? Are you learning a new language? Baking bread? Cutting your own hair in frustration? We want to know all about it. And send us your Tik Tok videos, Devon will follow you! Chat with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
We are still closed. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shopped online this week. Every single order is helping us get through these crazy times and we really appreciate your support. THANK YOU! Free shipping is still available in Canada if you want to support your local Goth/ Steampunk shop. We’ve added bowties, cravats, and suspenders to the website this week so if you want to look dapper, we’ve got you covered. Speaking of looking good, we’ve also added some great stuff to help you look pandemic chic if you have to venture out of isolation.
We know that your outfit is probably not your first thought when you have to go out into the apocalypse but who says you can’t look good while taking care of yourself. We’re not saying you should necessarily go full Resident Evil fashion but a pocket belt can come in handy to carry your hand sanitizer. Goggles can protect your eyes and if you get really weird ones, they have the added bonus of making people keep their distance. Bandanas are machine washable which makes me an eco-friendly thing to cough into. If only we had something cool to cover your nose and mouth…
Good news, we made face masks! They’re washable, reversible and made out of the coolest upcycled fabric. Fashion and function can co-exist. Are they medical grade surgical masks? No. Will they offer you some protection while making you look super cool? Heck, yes. We make the masks out of leftover fabric which means you can get a face mask that matches your favorite skirt or corset or waistcoat. How cool is that?
We’ll be adding more and more inexpensive items to the website as the week progresses so be sure to check things out if you have the chance. If you can’t support us financially but you still want to help, it would be great if you could follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or if you could forward this email or share our website with a friend.
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 watching X-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!
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.