Blythe conventions are organised and run by volunteers all over the world every year. Generally the event consists of a meet up with fellow Blythe collectors, lunch, vendor stalls, guest speakers, demonstrations and classes, giveaways and competitions. The money made from ticket sales goes directly to securing and paying for a venue. Prizes and giveaways are donated by people in the Blythe community. Raffles are also used to raise funds for the event and give away big ticket items to a lucky winners at random.
Organisers put in hundreds of hours of volunteer work to create an amazing day for everyone. This includes planning, booking a venue, ticket sales, fundraising, seeking donations, decorations, goodie bags, running competitions, printing, graphic design, updating the website, responding to attendee emails etc. It is a lot of work to run one of these conventions and no one is getting paid to do it. If you are going to one of the events with the expectation that you will come away with loads of free goodies and prizes then you may be disappointed.
The best chance you have to win some of the top prizes is by entering the competitions and raffles, however the day should be more about celebrating Blythe than getting free stuff. BlytheCon is a fantastic opportunity to meet like minded people, check out dolls you don’t own and purchase doll items from vendors that fly in from all around the world.
Blythe Conventions around the world for 2016
Blythecon Japan – Tokyo – 25 June 2016
Ticket cost : ￥6,000 JPY including a goodie bag, lunch, water, a raffle ticket.
BlytheCon US – San Francisco – 24 July 2016
Ticket cost: $80 USD with Goodie bag. Lunch & Beverage provided.
Blythefest AU – Sydney – 27 August 2016
Blythefest Austalia will be held in Sydney this year at the Balgowlah RSL. Tickets can now be purchased through the Facebook page.
General Admission Ticket: $60.00 AUD
General Admission Ticket with ½ Trade Table: $80.00 AUD 1 vendor
General Admission Ticket with Full Trade Table: $100.00 AUD 1 vendor
All tickets will include entry into the event, a welcome bag, raffles, competitions and finger food.
BlytheCon EU – Hamburg – 3 September 2016
BlytheCon EU will be held in Hamburg, Germany this year at the Elbarkaden Lounge. Tickets are not on sale yet but will be announced on their website and facebook.