:rolling_eyes:Not in small town America owned and created by teenagers. IF there were plenty, then I'm sure there would some evidence of it, yes? Instead, what we do have, is evidence like the photo I showed earlier. You didn't order materials online. Didn't exist. If you were lucky enough to have a catalog, it was still 6-8 weeks for delivery. So not only in small town America don't you have access to the materials to begin with, but you also didn't have the shared community of being able to look things up and learn techniques. You also didn't have access to vacuum machines, and engineered materials and paints like you do today.
ST was me. I was the same age, at the same time period, in the same size town.
You're only talking about 1984 USA, not the Dark Ages or some Points of Light D&D setting.
Cars, roads, telephones (and phone books) existed.
The JCPenny & Sears catalogues were readily available.
Specialty catalogues as well (Dad had quite the collection for car parts as his hobby was restoring a '65 Mustang).
Yes, it took more work than an Amazon click, but you could get what you didn't have. And you could also get it faster than 6-8 weeks (UPS & FedEx existed)....
Also in small town American you had Fabric shop which sold costume patterns. You also had Grannys who ONLY HAD SINGER sewing machines who could be talked into sewing stuff for teenagers. DAMN Sacrosanct makes 1984 sound like 1884.
I'm not just giving my experience. I posted photos of the award winning costumes at LA CON from 1984. Nice try though. I am however, anxiously awaiting to see your photos of costumes from kids from the 80s that were modern day movie quality.Gee Sacrosanct, you mom was mean. My mom show me three times how to thread her Singer. Then as long as I didn't use her good scissors, I could sew what I wanted. (still kicking myself for giving her knee operated Singer to charity). Let see Fall of 1982 Ft Devens Mass, specialty store had some costumes, PX had some fabric. 1984 Ft Ord Calif. Late 1984 West Berlin PX had fabric. And as soon as I learn to use my wife scanner in 20 not so easy steps, I will post my lousy costumes from the era.
PS Your experience means jack compared to others experience.
It is perhaps as much a nod to him being... a tad desperate. Look at the past two seasons, what that kid went through.