Today’s challenge is somewhat an extension of RA Challenge ♡ #4 – one of the main expressions of fandom being the frequent shopping of merchandise. I deliberately excluded my RA-related shopping habits from the previous challenge, because I knew this question would come up. But now’s the time to talk about the fruits of my disposable income.
I am not overly mad about commercial fan items – because
they are mass-produced, not one-of-a-kind I am a stingy scrooge. Most of my commercially sold fan items were gifts from fellow fans – like my beloved travel companion Pop!Thorin, the stuffed red dragon, Thorin Lego figurines, my Hallmark Thorin-on-a-thread, as well as several fridge magnets and bookmarks. I have even been the lucky recipient of some DVDs of Armitage’s work, as well as posters and magazines. Sorry, this has actually turned into a Something I have *NOT* bought because of RA post…
But well, there *are* things I have bought because of RA; and you might find some slightly weird. Cinema and theatre tickets as well as programmes are a given. As are transport and accommodation when travelling to a premiere or other event. But there are other things that seem unrelated at first sight, but were really triggered by RA in some shape or form. For instance, I bought a download of Justin Timberlake’s Sexy Back just because I had gotten into HeathRA’s fan video of the same name.
For several weeks during my final year in college, I listened to that song on continuous loop while walking the 2 kilometres to and from college. I can vouch for its pace-making qualities. Weirder still, I bought a pair of slightly shiny, black trousers, because I loved RA’s outfit in Canada in December 2012. To tell you the truth, I think those trousers looked better on his long, lean legs than on my tree trunk stumps.
My latest obsession has been with finding the black cabin-size bag that RA has been sporting on a number of occasions when spotted at the airport. (I am not a huge fan of pap photos,
in fact I boycott them, so I am only going to illustrate this with a cropped version of a picture taken at JFK airport in NYC in July 2015. See right.) Apart from being my favourite non-colour, black, the bag looks just the perfect size for a weekend/overnighter, fits the overhead lockers in an airplane and looks roomy and handy with the extra pockets and the zipped compartments. Plus, it has a long cross-body strap.
Alas, this is where this post transforms again – into a Something I would *like to* buy because of RA post, because I have been unable to find such a bag, yet. In the unlikely event that anyone should know which make and design this much coveted bag is, please let me know. I *must* have it. Not for fangirling purposes, really, but because a girl simply cannot have too many bags. And because I am a light traveller who never likes to carry much stuff with her on her infrequent work and leisure trips.
But I do applaud Mr A on his choice of accessories of the baggish kind – I his leather satchel from 2010 (leaving Radio One studios) is an absolute classic, and the black rucksack first seen at the arrival in Wellington for the AUJ premiere in 2012 has proven to be a sturdy, reliable favourite – judging by how often it has turned up subsequently.
So, have you got any unusual purchases triggered by RA? And do let me know if you know of any bag design similar to RA’s hold-all!