It’s the day after Thanksgiving, aka “Black Friday” to the whole world. That can only mean one thing…SHOPPING! Each year there are more and more riches in terms of Merchandise, Books, and DVDs for the “Supernatural” fan and this year is no exception. The riches are vast.
For the past couple of years we have done a Holiday Gift Guide, profiling the better “Supernatural” merchandise out there. This year, we’ve excited and proud to launch the new WFB Supernatural Marketplace! Lots and lots of “Supernatural” items that are a must for any fan, all in one convenient spot for your reference. WFB's new Marketplace will be constantly updated as new "Supernatural" merchandise hits the market so you can use it for yourself, friends and family 365 days of the year now! It is easily accessed through the top menu on every WFB site page by going to Fandom=> Marketplace, or select the Marketplace icon in the middle of the page.
So how does it work? No, we haven’t become a reseller. We won’t be filling your orders. But we have often been asked the best place to get items or have been contacted by companies/small independent shops that have a new item to promote. We have been profiling many of these new items through our Amazon ads or Weekly World News features (formerly Bits and Pieces). Needless to say, they’ve been easily lost in the articles after publication. There’s also the fact that we’ve gotten some really cool toys ourselves and just have to share how wonderful they are. With our new site design, a Marketplace became a must.
On our new Marketplace page, we list the items, you just click on the ones of interest and it’ll take you to the proper online retailer where you can order. The page is divided into categories currently; Books, DVDs, Merchandise, Games, and Staff Picks.
Since there are too many items to showcase for our big “Black Friday” launch today, I’m going to share some info about our “Staff Picks”, aka what the stuff thought was a must for each fan to have this season.
For Books, one cannot go without a copy of “Family Don’t End with Blood.” It is edited by our dear friend Lynn Zubernis (Fangasm SPN), but it features a chapter written by our own Nightsky! It also has many great chapters from all sorts of SPN talent. Also, a portion of the proceeds will go to Misha Collin’s charity Random Acts and Attitudes in Reverse. Here’s the full description:
In 25 powerful chapters written by Supernatural’s actors and fans, including series lead Jared Padalecki, plus special messages from Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark Sheppard, Family Don’t End with Blood: Cast and Fans On How Supernatural Has Changed Lives examines the far reach of the show’s impact for more than a decade. Supernatural has inspired fans to change their lives, from getting “sober for Sam” to escaping a cult to pursuing life-long dreams. But fans aren’t the only ones who have been changed. The actors who bring the show to life have also found, in the show and its community, inspiration, courage, and the strength to keep going when life seemed too hard.
Including essays and special messages from Supernatural ’s cast:
- Jared Padelecki (“Sam Winchester”)
- Jensen Ackles (“Dean Winchester”)
- Misha Collins (“Castiel”)
- Mark Sheppard (“Crowley”)
- Jim Beaver (“Bobby Singer”)
- Ruth Connell (“Rowena MacLeod”)
- Osric Chau (“Kevin Tran”)
- Rob Benedict (“Chuck Shurley aka God”)
- Kim Rhodes (“Sheriff Jody Mills”)
- Briana Buckmaster (“Sheriff Donna Hanscum”)
- Matt Cohen (“Young John Winchester”)
- Gil McKinney (“Henry Winchester”)
- Rachel Miner (“Meg Masters”)
Collected and edited by Lynn S. Zubernis, a clinical psychologist, professor, and passionate Supernatural fangirl, Family Don’t End with Blood provides an insightful and often uplifting look into the way international fan communities become powerful, positive forces in the lives of so many.
In keeping with the show’s message to “always keep fighting,” a portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to RANDOM ACTS, a nonprofit founded by Misha Collins, and ATTITUDES IN REVERSE, whose mission is to educate young people about mental health and suicide prevention.
Looking for a very unique gift? Then we highly recommend Fine Blank Books. Each of these books are bound through the craftsmanship of Tedra Ashley-Wannemuehler. She creates new blank books in a variety of styles or does rebinding for existing books. Why get a blank book? Tedra explains it this way on the website:
Blank books can be used as journals, guest books for wedding or other events such as retirement and anniversary parties, sketchbooks, travel journals, a place to record family stories and treasured recipes...the uses for a blank book are limited only by your creativity.
I can personally attest what a wonderful gift these books are. I received one, custom made just for me, from Nightsky. It’s easily the best gift I’ve gotten since I found this fandom nine years ago. Here are a couple of photos:
Prices and sizes vary, but the thought will be cherished forever!
Fine Blank Books
Speaking of very unique ideas, another item on our must list is from Culture Fly called the Supernatural Box. It is a subscription based service, following the recent trend of sending boxes filled with items in designated intervals to subscribers. Here, you get “Supernatural” stuff! This is the description we received from their Marketing Coordinator:
The Supernatural Box
Available to pre-order now, shipping in mid-December 2017
CultureFly is excited to introduce the very first all-exclusive, officially licensed Supernatural subscription box based on the long-standing hit CW TV show! Filled with an assortment of premium collectibles, apparel and artifacts that we know all Supernatural fans will love, this box will make you feel like you’re one of the family! At $49.99, each box will come with 8 to 10 items with over $110 in retail value! Delivered four times a year, right to your doorstep, you won’t get these exclusive items anywhere else! No need for a deal with a Crossroads Demon. We’ve got you covered! You’ve waited 13 years for this, so act fast because these limited edition boxes aren’t just going to wait around for you to stop the apocalypse from happening!
Since we’re into custom items, another great retailer, of whom our own Nate Winchester is a big fan, is Custom Funko Pops. They were on our recommended list and then on Wednesday the shop was temporarily closed for holiday sales. She needs to catch up on the high demand. We recommend going to the site and looking at photos of her work in the comments. Once they reopen, you’ll have a good idea of the craftsmanship that goes into each Pop figure.
Another big fave of Nate Winchester’s is Supernatural: The Animation Series. We have done reviews of this series before on this site and highly recommend seeing how well “Supernatural” adapts to anime. It’s just the right amount of darkness. The DVD can be found at amazon.com.
Nate and Alice both are especially fond of the Impala replicas that have hit the market. This one though, from Greenlight, is pretty sweet for a “Supernatural” fan. This one just isn’t a die cast car of a black impala. No, this has a trunk that opens with a Devil’s trap inside and a box of weapons! The inside detailing too mirrors Baby’s style. I have one and it’s pretty awesome. It is a 1:24 model in terms of size. This also can be purchased at amazon.com
Another item out there, although pretty small, is a silver Impala keychain. I’m partial to it since I got an Impala keychain when I bought the Season Five DVD when it came out. This is like that. The Impala is heavy and sturdy and makes a great conversation piece for any keychain or backpack. This can be purchased at amazon.com.
We anticipate our Marketplace page will constantly change over time and continue to grow, so we encourage checking in often when you’re looking for one central place to see what’s new. Added Bonus: You can feel good about finding fun items in the Marketplace because The WFB gets a small referral fee from Amazon so you're helping to finance this site with your shopping! If you know of an item that you think should be on our Marketplace page, just leave a comment with the link in our comments section.
Hopefully this will be the resource you need to get you that big jump on your holiday shopping for the hard to please “Supernatural” fan in your life, or for yourself, since you know what you like! Whatever the reason, happy holidays from all of us at The Winchester Family Business. Let the shopping begin!