General Purchase Tips
Re-enactment markets are held
regularly in the spring and in the autumn. You will also find that many
traders exhibit their wares at some of the larger events. Make sure
you support the serious traders by purchasing your re-enactment
equipment from them. Try to avoid stalls selling fantasy weapons, new age
garments and other such treasures, as these are generally better suited to
role playing games rather than re-enactment. (LOOK for warning signs
- if you have to clamber your way through a web of dream catchers,
past an aisle of swords that even Conan would be embarrassed to use and up
a mountain of finest black polyester and purple nylon... you get the idea).
Make sure you know your period and be
specific. The term 'Medięval' covers a very long period of time. If you are
re-enacting the 15th Century or 'War of the Roses', make that clear. It is
acceptable to have some items that shortly predate your period of
reference, but never items that are later than your time frame.
Know your status. Stick to the social
position you have chosen within your period and buy accordingly.
Period fashions were dependent on
geography so make sure you know which country you're fighting for!
Look for historically accurate details
- pouches, belts, garments etc. should all be hand-stitched; iron work
hand-forged; and wooden goods made of indigenous timbers. Clothing should
be made of fabrics correct for your period and status.
Equipment does not have to look
antique. If you had been buying goods at the time of your chosen period
they would have been new or second-hand (in much the same way we buy things
today). A strong box of wood, would be just that - and not something ravaged
into delicate filigree by a plague of wood-worms, or falling apart due to
age and neglect.