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The shady lane that Storied Threads will call home this Columbus Day weekend.

At the end of 2016, I hung up my vendor hat, and resolved to simply sell online. I got a fantastic new job at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, and let Storied Threads become a side gig again.

It was a good choice. It relieved a lot of stress I’d been under, and I’ve been very happy with the ways in which my life has improved.

The one thing I’m not happy with is the several bins of leftover stock still sitting in a closet in my house. So, when The Connecticut Renaissance Faire realized that their new site allowed for one-weekend pop-up vendors, I decided to dust off that vendor hat and give it one more go!

For three days this coming weekend, October 7 – 9, I will be selling patches, bags, scarves, headbands, and anything else I find lurking in that closet out of a lovely, shady booth at the Faire! Many of the items will be marked down well below their full online price, and we’ll also have items that have been discontinued or were never available online, such as head bows and bow ties. Come check us out and shop with us in person – one last time!

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Our last full set-up at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, fall 2016.

When Storied Threads first started out more than a decade ago, our first show set-up was at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, in a wooden stall at the edge of a county fairgrounds.

It’s perhaps appropriate then we’re coming full circle and will have a similar arrangement when we return to CTRF for the last weekend (October 7 – 9) of its six-week run at the Lebanon Fairgrounds in Lebanon, CT!

This is going to be a very special one-time-only appearance for us. We decided last year to stop actively doing conventions and faires and we’re happy with that decision, but we have quite a bit of stock left over from our shows days, including retired designs and convention-only items that aren’t part of our online catalog — and we’re going to be making those items available at CTRF at deeply discounted prices, and once they’re gone we won’t be making more, so this will be your last chance to grab a bow tie, hair bow, or our very last TARDIS Christmas stocking.

But that’s not all! We have a number of bags, scarves, and neckties that are available online, but we’re looking to clear out our closet, so we’re marking those down too, but only for this show! Once we sell out of the on-hand stock we bring to the faire, everything will go back to its full retail list price. In addition, we will have a limited selection of our patches, which will be sold at their regular list price.

So now in addition to the great shows and other awesome vendors, you all have even more reason to come to the faire. Come by, say hi, and maybe do some early holiday gift shopping!

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We first met the folks at Auntie Arwen’s Spices at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and we quickly fell in love with their staggering variety of spice blends. They’ll be at Arisia in Boston this weekend, and I plan to do a little stocking up while I’m there.

ugiWe of course love one of their signature blends, Ultimate Garlic Insanity (at right) and their many beef, chicken, and pork seasonings, but we’re big fans of many of their sugar blends as well. Try their Get Up and Go Ginger Sugar or their Luscious Lemon Sugar in a cup of tea, or their Vermont Happydance Cinnamon-Maple Sugar on some French toast!

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I had intended to bring you guys one new product or design every week. It really was my intention! But lately, between shows and the large number of custom orders I’ve been getting, I have simply fallen behind. And this week, I find myself without anything new to share with you.

So instead, please enjoy these pictures from the Connecticut Renaissance Faire Time Travelers Weekend! We’re still open for two more weeks, so if you’re anywhere near North Haven, CT, please come and visit!

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The Doctor and Rose Tyler recreate a moment from “Doomsday”. I may have titled this picture “All The Feels” on my computer.

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The Fourth Doctor and Romana visit the Storied Threads tent.

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Shakespeare Approves sporting his Fourth Doctor scarf, River Song, Doctor Donna, and the Fourth Doctor defend the TARDIS.

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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Welcome to the latest installment of our ongoing series, Sharing the Love. There are a lot of small and independent artists out there working in all sorts of mediums — writers, painters, jewelry makers, leather crafters, actors…this list could go on and on. And it turns out, I know and admire an awful lot of them!

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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photographyct is a company that specializes in – as the name suggests – souvenir festival photographs. She visits renaissance faires and other themed events, sets up a booth that is part tent, part Tudor cottage, and takes amazing pictures for you to remember your visit. She even has a wide selection of costumes and accessories you can borrow for your photograph for extra fun and silliness.

Jen is a great photographer who will take a ton of pictures for you, letting you choose up to four favorite pictures to take home as prints or as digital copies, depending on what package you choose.  The best pictures happen when you relax and have fun, of course! Let yourself be a little goofy  in front of the camera, and you’ll be amazed at how that changes the pictures.

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Photo by Festival Fotos by Jennifer Provost Photography

Right now, you can find Festival Fotos for three more weekends at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. She’s right by the front gate, so be sure to stop and have your pictures done! I promise, you won’t regret it.

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2016-10-02-10-32-38-1What: The Connecticut Renaissance Faire
When: Every weekend in October, including Columbus Day Monday!
Where: North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven, CT

This will be our eighth – and final! – year vending at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire. We’ve been with them through several locations, and have enjoyed every minute of our time there, and I’m so looking forward to the next four weekends with my faire family that I cannot even express it.

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Yes, you heard me right – giant Connect Four!

This weekend will be the second of the show’s five weekend run, and will be EVEN BETTER, as we’ll be joined by Shakespeare Approves, Zoltan the Adequate, and The Lost Boys (alhtough that last will be for this weekend only, alas).

We’re pretty easy to find once you’re on site — we’re located right between the gazebo where so many musical acts perform, and the giant free-to-play Connect Four.

Every weekend has a different theme – this weekend is Pirate Invasion – so come visit as often as you’d like!

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my-shackIt was 8 years ago that I vended at my very first Connecticut Renaissance Faire. That was back when I thought I would be a garb and clothing vendor, and hadn’t yet made my first patch. I had an embroidery machine, but I didn’t do much with it other than embroidering some pirate sashes. This here? This was my booth, set up in one of the wooden open shack spaces that were on the old faire site. Who ever would have guessed that from those beginnings Storied Threads would become the business it is today?

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