When you are looking for display cases - you have several things to
consider. While cost is certainly one important factor, consider
also security, weight, reflections, ease of lighting inside case, and
what you are going to display the cases on. Also consider how much
space you have to transport the cases.
I currently have several Arizona case displays - I had them make the
portable cases only 16 inches deep (back to front) instead of the
standard 22 inches. I display them on propanel podiums, which are 30
x 16 inches, and I use 42 inch tall ones. The Arizona cases are
secure - I can lock them and actually go to the bathroom without fear
of being ripped off. I have halogen lights for inside shows and
bright leds in a string for outdoors. In general I really like them
and they look very professional. They are heavy. They set up very
fast without tools - an important point where the unions have rules
about tools. You can buy relatively inexpensive packing cases for
storage and shipping and schlepping.
My prior set up was with Dynamic Display cases. They are
lightweight, and fold up into practically nothing. They look really
good. Then are not secure in any way - the Plexiglas is too flexible,
it scratches, and the doors are a joke. The bases wiggle and scare
folks away. If you put the cases on a sturdy base, for example a
propanel podium, they are sturdier - but not secure. They are fiddly
to set up and the little screws are a nuisance. The more you use
them, the more the bases wiggle. And until they get wiggly, they are
very difficult to get them to give up and fold down. These don’t come
with storage cases, mostly pillowcases. Their shipping cases look
like what you ship golf bags in and are relatively expensive and very
I’ve used Abstracta cases. They fold down flatter than anything.
They go together fast. They don’t like to come apart when you break
down. There are a jillion ways to set them up and they are sturdy.
They are the 90 percent choice of artists at big shows like the
Buyers Market of American Craft. They look like abstracta. They are
not particularly secure - again Plexiglas is the culprit. There are
lots of fiddly little clips and holders. It is an erector set for
Bottom line - I’ve gone from the erector set - cheap, to the Dynamic
Display stylin’ deal, and have happily settled on the Arizona cases -
flat and vertical portable ones. I think I’ll stay where I am for a
while, they work well and look great. And incidentally, the Arizona
case solution is less expensive than the dynamic display ones.