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Poster: "Terry L. Neill" <Neilltl@ptsc.slg.eds.com>
Just in general response to some of the cost issues, and directed to any
newcomers on the list:
I've been in the SCA for 20 years. It does NOT have to be expensive! (Even
in today's era of slowly increasing site fees.)
I owned one set of garb, one basket and one sleeping bag for YEARS. I
either brought my own food or attended the pot-luck Feast-alternative (a
tradition on the west end of the continent).
I hitched rides with friends in return for gas money or service.
Garb: $20 (It's lasted >10 years - Good investment!) Haunting sale fabric
tables and Goodwill bed sheets are even cheaper.
Basket: gift from Grandmother (but I've seen similar larger ones at The
Pottery for under $3.)
Sleeping Bag: Borrowed from Parents. But I've seen them at K-Mart/Wal-Mart/
Target for around $20 and Atlantia doesn't have so many camping events, anyway.
Site fees in the western end of the world are generally in the $5 - $8 range
Gas Share also in the $5 - $8 range (Here in this small Kingdom. In An Tir
gas share can run into the $30 range to get to the farther parts of Canada.)
So, by going to 1 event a month (That's pretty active) I could spend $16
plus food (which I'd have to buy anyway) per event which comes to $192 a
year. VERY inexpensive.
Being an impoverished high school and college student pushed me more into
the service side of the SCA - Autocratting, field and court heralding,
Children's activities, etc - things that didn't require buying supplies.
But a tatting shuttle and a ball if knit-crosheen is <$4 and embroidery
hoops are $.50 and I can often find DMC for $.25 a skein. One can put a
drop spindle together almost for free, then ask one's local living history
museum if they are going to DO anything with the fleeces they shear as a
demo for the tourists.
There's lots of ways to thoroughly enjoy the SCA for very little money. I
don't want to see our hobby become TOO expensive! I've always loved that we
could participate at any different level and have fun at all of them.
Now I have a Real Job and a Real Car and can participate at a more expensive
But, you know, I'm not having any more FUN than I did when I was in school.
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