I am a cosplayer of the Northwest, residing in Oregon. I have been cosplaying since 2008 and have attended many conventions since then as well. My "home" convention is Kumoricon and I still attend it to this day.
I consider myself a thrift store cosplayer, as I get most of my stuff from Goodwill and the like and modify them to make my costumes. I am starting to make more of my own stuff, but I'm still learning.
I feel I exceed mostly in my makeup work. I enjoy being those characters that are completely different than I and having to do makeup to accomplish that.