What type of folding tables, for displaying jewelry, at Art Shows
and Craft Shows do you find the best in terms of portability?
First, let me mention that my eye was caught at Sam's Club the other
day by some folding tables with adjustable height. If I needed
tables for shows, they looked ideal.
That said, let me add that I don't like tables for shows. I really
don't like that table-and-skirt look; I think it doesn't look
professional, and it doesn't provide secure storage. I find
pedestals much more flexible and good-looking. I started out with
cardboard ones from Elaine Martin. They just collapse flat when not
in use. I made fabric tubes to cover them. However, I kept having to
cut them shorter as the bottoms got ruined by rain.
I now have three wooden ones that I designed and had built by the
local shop teacher. They are three-sided like a lecturn; the sides
have hinges and fold flat. They have a shelf inside, about a quarter
of the way down. He kinda overbuilt them, with two-by-two frames and
heavy plywood plus piano hinges, but they're fabulous-- storage
inside, very sturdy. I put velcro on them and cover them with fabric
that can also cover the opening in back if I want a cleaner look or
hidden storage. I have individual tops for them, covered with a
layer of padding and black fabric. The tops are several inches wider
than the pedestals, and hold my glass-and-clip display cases.
In addition, I had the good luck to buy, used, a bunch of corrugated
pedestals, just like my cardboard ones, but white plastc. They are
light, attractive, and waterproof. I usually use two, covered to
match my wooden ones, to hold up a piece of black-fabric-covered
particle board, about 26" x 5', but it could be any size. This makes
for an extremely versatile disply set-up. I usually set it up in a
Z-shape that gives me tons of display in a 10 X 10 space.
I don't know where to buy the plastic pedestals. The guy I bought
them from had brought them to Chicago from Australia for SOFA and
didn't want to haul them back. But if you know they exist, you
should be able to find them on line, right? I don't think they could
cost any more than the cardboard ones, which are pretty overpriced
at around $30 at Elaine Martin.
One last note on display, to make absolutely sure you get more
than you ever wanted: I recently got a rolling plastic
set of drawers at Office Depot that fits inside my pedestals, though
I've seen artists use them free-standing. It holds all my sales
materials, postcards, boxes, bags, tools, pens, pricetags, etc, in
an organized and accessable way. I love this thing!