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"Tangerine Mountain Imports & Designs is the largest importer of vintage kimono, wafuku, and other Japanese textiles to the United States. We do business a little differently than our competitors, going to Japan up to three times a year to negotiate directly for our stock; which ensures that we acquire only authentic items at the best possible price. Because of this, we are able to offer our kimono and textiles at extremely affordable prices to the public, with pricing options as low as $30 for ready-to-wear kimono + obi sets, and low-cost per-pound pricing on our textiles. We have been working very hard to expand our business, and can also proudly say that we are the only kimono vendor in the United States to have been featured on prime time Japanese television's hit "YOUは何しに日本へ?" (/YOU wa Nani Shini Nippon eh?). We have also partnered with cultural organizations such as The Japan America Society of Chicago, as well as a living national treasure of Japan, to further encourage cultural exchange through kimono. We are a very laid-back, happy group of people here at Tangerine Mountain, and we're looking forward to returning to Costume-Con!"


"Stuff-a-Box" with Tangerine Mountain! It’s a longstanding tradition for Japanese artisans to remake or upcycle kimono that cannot be worn anymore. We invite you to keep that tradition alive by using vintage Japanese kimono fabric in your next project! We hope you enjoy our "Stuff-a-Box" special, which will allow Costume-Con 36 attendees to stuff as many kimono / textiles for upcycling as can fit into one of our specialty boxes for a flat rate of only $50! (Each box holds approx. 27 - 30 lbs of textiles, and has a retail value of over $200!) Available while supplies last (no coupons or codes necessary)!


Image may contain: shoesCome visit BLUE BOTTLE & LACKIN!
The name Blue Bottle & Lackin, comes from the English Victorian terms for a policeman and his wife. Blue Bottle & Lackin is a family run business that offers unique, one-of-a-kind items not easily found. It was discovered early on that there was a need for supplying small, antique and vintage, crafting items for the steampunks and cosplayers who wants to make their own costuming and accessories who did not want to purchase them from a mass retailer.

Blue Bottle & Lackin offers over 170 self-serve bins of vintage “makings” that event goers can “poke” through while they envision their costume or other projects. In addition to offering a variety antique & vintage items, Blue Bottle & Lackin specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind hats. The hats range in age from the mid-1800s Victorian Beaver Silk Top Hats to the 1960s Kennedy Era Pillbox Hats!

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Margot Silk Forrest and        Destiny Carter are lively and irreverent artisans who use leather (or manmade leather) as their canvas. They are your DIY resource for painting, decorating & upcycling shoes, handbags, vests, jackets. Their Merchant's Alley booth will have the highest quality advice (12 years experience!) plus matte, metallic and pearlescent paints, their own formula of PERMANENT glitter glaze, plus all the other supplies you’ll need to transform your leather clothes and accessories. They are the authors of “Sassy Feet! Paint, Embellish and LOVE Your Shoes (and Bags)!” Their revamped shoes and bags have appeared more than 25 times in Altered Couture magazine and been featured in multiple museum exhibitions in California.



They are offering a CC36-only sale of 20% off their amazing Glitter It! Glaze, which doesn’t crack, peel, or shed. 25 colors to use on shoes, bags, and clothing. For pictures, go to  and