Mind, that this display is my very first setup and will probably change down the road as I learn, improve, and add things. Let this journal act as a record of where I began and hopefully as a tool for others looking into selling at fairs!
You might recognize some of these items and descriptions from the Artist Alley diagrams because I totally believe in re-using things where possible.
|My first fair on Fayetteville's courthouse square!|
1. EZ Up Tent - This tent is a great first tent for those who don't want to spend the $1k that most of the Craft Huts cost! It can be set up by one person, is white (as per most art fair requirements), and fairly easy to transport in its included roller bag. Here is a video on how to set it up with one person (because I didn't find the included instructions very helpful). Be warned, however, as this tent is light and is known for blowing away and wreaking havoc! I snagged some velcro weight bags which you can fill with sand or gravel and that strap to the poles so people won't trip over them. ($200 at Sam's Club)
2. Retractable Vertical Banner - A pricey item, to be sure, but the fact I don't have to carry around a big pvc pipe set nor have it taking up space in my car makes this item well worth it! This vinyl banner pulls out from and retracts back into a spring loaded base that is about as big as a tabletop easel and very lightweight. I've lashed it to the tent pole using velcro straps so it wouldn't blow away. Mine was printed by my brother's sign shop. ($300 at Graphic Signs Atlanta for stand with metal base. $100 for cheaper version at Staples)
Stuff I forgot to include - The Carpet - I like the idea of a carpet in a tent. It feels so much more cozy, as if you're walking into a little shop! It also made the ground a little more even for customers to walk on. We also used it to lay items on while we were setting up so they wouldn't get muddy. My family picked this up in a flea market in Saudi Arabia years ago so I have no idea how much it costs.