Mary Jo and Jim - Set a budget for how much you want to invest in
your first display.
The most economical tent is borrowed, next is from Sams - an EZ up
with walls for about $275, and you do need a 4th wall. Last is one
of the pretty dome tents like the Showoff from New Venture in Florida
And for display cases, the first ones I used were folding tables with
juryrigged cases on top. Better is the Allstate cases that fold up
or Abstracta - the ones with the little tubes and glass or plexi
sides - but they are time consuming to set up, and heavy to move.
Better are the cases from Dynamic Display Systems -
I’d recommend going easy on the budget to start - outdoor shows are
hard and not everybody has the stamina and temperament to do
You work all winter and spring making stuff, then during the week in
the summer, selling each weekend. It’s intense.
However, not all the customers see the real story. One day a man and
his son walked into the booth. The man said to his son - “This is
what lazy people do - they only work on the weekend.” I wonder where
he thought the jewelry came from? No - I didn’t deck the idiot, but
I wanted to.
Judy Hoch, G.G.