I bought so much yarn when A Tangled Skein went out of business that even my hoarding impulses went "Whoa. It's okay, you can stop now." (And indeed, I didn't buy any more yarn at Stitches.)
But I guess I need to be hoarding *something,* because I was all about the Adagio Tea at 221B - and I don't even DRINK tea! But there were sample boxes, and loose samples, and all kinds of things... but I get ahead of myself.
I've outlined the general idea of the tea before - raffles, a couple of the dealers who didn't make it into the dealer's room, games on the table, and cosplayers handing out their teas. The raffle prizes included things like crocheted chibi Sherlock and John (with magnets in their hands so they'd hold hands) and a Sherlock poster and both canon books and printed and bound fanfic. The things that got the most bids (the ones that I didn't get, despite getting a huge number of tickets; I had a LOT of competition) were the two original pieces of art. One was a watercolor of a smiling Sherlock holding a cup of tea, marked "221BCon Tea Party, 2013." The other one was a slash original by Reapersun - not graphic, very sweet - Sherlock lying on John's chest, investigating the bullet wound with his fingers.
The goodie bags all contained a sample of tea, and at our table, we passed ours around for sniffs. My sample was The Lemon Is In Play. Someone two chairs down had Ottery Kisses and with one sniff I wanted, it, my precious, waaaaaaaanted it!
How the tea worked was this - you got your finger food and you looked at the prizes and you picked a table... but you didn't get tea, you got a cup of hot water and then stood in line to pick your tea from the cosplayers. You didn't have to use the sample from your bag. I palmed my sample instead. And then later in the night, there were still teas and you could go as often as you wanted and... well, that's when the hoarding started. At the end of the night I had sample bags of Red Pants, Government Inspector, Science of Destruction, Molly, 2 Andersons (I drank one the next morning; nicely citrus but I think it will be better as sweet tea than hot tea) and 2 Mycrofts.
Cara's table sold small samples and large sample boxes. I got 2 221B samples just because I could. No Cabin Pressure samples, so I'm going to have to go to adagio.com to get that. OTTERY KISSES MUST BE MINE!
Under the cut, the smaller sample bags I got, including ingredients. ( Click to put the kettle on )
The podcast the Babes recorded included an interview with Cara, about her inspiration, her plans, and the fact that TSA keeps looking in her luggage "because it's nothing but little baggies of powder and plants."