Before I get too deep into Disneyland again, here’s my thoughts on PMX and my loot post. It’s mainly stuff I picked up in AP’s Magical Boutique, but I did acquire some art from the artist alley for AS and myself.
It was #2 on my list of must-buys, only because I wasn’t sure they would have it – it did move to #1 on my list when the fashion director confirmed she had seen deers and it was the first thing I searched for and grabbed right when I walked in. ^_^
The print from the dress I wore on Sunday is called Star Night Theater. It was the latest print available at the time and I wanted it as soon as I saw it.
I love AP’s plastic headbands. <3
Socks are my addiction.
Other random things I picked up. I’ve never been a fan of bonnets, but that one actually looked good on me, so I was convinced to buy it. It was discounted, of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have succumbed so easily. ^^;
The poofy dress I was allowed to buy on the last day. :3
My VIP goody bag. :3 I love VIP status, it’s so much fun! The sticks on the right are from the centerpieces I took as mementos and the pair of socks next to those that say AP were won in the bingo game.
Although I resisted picking up anything in the dealer’s room, I couldn’t pass by this artist’s prints. I think it was only 3 for $10 which I thought was a good deal. I asked for his website and I had AS look at it to see if there was anything he wanted. I would’ve bought more but I had to watch my funds. ^^;
And finally my thoughts on PMX. This is my second time attending PMX. I went two years ago, in 2007 for a couple of hours. Honestly, PMX is a rather boring convention. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go, unless I had a reason to. When I wasn’t shopping in the boutique or if there weren’t a lolita event going on, I didn’t have a whole lot to do. That’s exactly how I felt the first year, and as I said, I was only there for a couple hours, you can imagine how it felt for a couple of days! Good thing for AP. xD
I thought the tasting room was an interesting addition, if they had things that were worth trying. Well, no, I take that back a bit. They did have several Pocky flavors I hadn’t tried yet (Glico sponsored the room), but I didn’t get them while I had the chance and when I returned, they only had common flavors like chocolate and strawberry. Aside from that, the Japanese food was fairly common things like yakisoba.
I suppose, for enthusiasts who can’t get enough, PMX fills the need for yet another convention, though how much more does California need? Because I work at my local convention, I always extol just pre-registering early if you plan to go a day, just so you have the option of going another day, if anything just to look around some more, but for PMX, I probably wouldn’t do it. If you were only interested in one specific event, than just go for that day. You won’t miss much and they’re pretty small, so you could probably see the usual things that all conventions offer in a few hours or less at PMX.
Not to knock PMX because I’m super grateful that they hosted AP again. Just be prepared because despite the numbers they boast, they are a small convention. They also aren’t just an anime convention (they hosted a Filipino martial arts tournament last year — where the heck was that?!), though it would seem that way because the more boisterous attendees are the anime fans (you can always pick them out of a crowd…).