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fwd: art festivals - tent / canopy

updated wed 6 dec 06


mel jacobson on tue 5 dec 06

>Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 10:38:34 -0800
>To: Clayart
>From: RJ Shaw
>Subject: Art Festivals - Tent / Canopy
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>We have been setting up once a week at the Santa Barbara Art Show for over
>three years. With the holiday shows, that's close to three hundred times.
>We use a Caravan. The carrying cases... forget it, don't know of one that
>lasts. But the Caravan has never failed us.
>However, that being said, we like the EZ UP sides, and will probably go
>with an EZ UP next time. They almost fit the Caravan... almost, they are
>useable, but you have to tug a bit to zip them up. EX UP is slightly more
>expensive than Caravan, but fits within your price limits.
>The rules of our show state that we cannot block the view from the
>sidewalk to five feet back. A clear sidewall or one of screening allows
>you to go all the way to the front without blocking that view. On a cold
>day, clear sides allow the sunshine in beautifully, and the screen helps
>on moderately windy days. But more importantly, they allow the customers
>to see your ware from a distance while walking up. Half walls are nice,
>half clear, half opaque.
>I would still put a plain sidewall at the back, one you cannot see
>through. If you need to set boxes, etc. out of sight, you have that area.
>And it blocks the view from the back to the customers eye, which helps
>them focus on your display.
>For wind, you can either use stakes, straps or concrete filled coffee
>cans. We simply use metal stakes. There are holes in plastic fittings at
>the bottom of the legs for the stakes to fit in. A friend made us metal
>stakes, about 8 inches long, with a "T" at the top. We can push them in at
>an angle, two per leg. They work great, and do not distract from the look.
>If you will be set up overnight, clear sides allow the security guards to
>see inside your booth without unzipping the sides. Be sure to go with the
>sides that zip together. It's the only way.
>We went with for the
>sidewalls, bought the canopy from Costco. The sidewalls are made of a
>heavier weight plastic than most.
> For sturdy stands that are easy to set up, we got metal stands from from
> Jenkins. We bought the higher three shelf ones at first, then switched to
> the lower ones because it was easier to see the customers when you are
> sitting down. Eye contact is so important.
>If you need to hang items, has any number of
>grid walls that pack easily and can be rearranged as necessary.
>You can buy a banner to tie to your canopy with the name of your pottery.
>Ours is about three ft long, black letters on white plastic. They don't
>cost much, but really help your customers remember you the next time, and
>to find you if they have gone on down the show line but want to purchase
>from you on the way back.
>Hope this helps!
>asim mahmood wrote:
>>In order to participate in the art festivals I am thinking to purchase a
>>10x10 feet tent /canopy with 4 walls for my pottery booth. I have gone
>>to on
>>line many a times but got further confused and resultantly now turning
>>to my
>>own folks for the advice. The specifications are as follow:-
>>a. Price wise it should be in mid range$ 275/375 for long term use. I
>>not mind spending a bit more for better material and option.
>>b. Provide protection from strong wind, rain, and sun.
>>c. Could be erected on hard and grassy ground with strong structure for
>>installing lights etc.
>>d. Could be new or used one but should be white in color.
>>e. Easy to transport.
>>Need your help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just let me know where to go.
>>Asim Mahmood

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