Hi Everyone, I too use the Sam's easy up on occasion. I have
been a sole exhibitor, and it is not possible for one person to
get it up alone. You need two people holding either side to
expand the frame. You need help and, preferably, a step stool,
to get top on. I've always found it possible to hire a teenager,
but often another exhibitor will just come and help.
The Easy Up is fine if there isn't wind, and if you are on
ground into which you can put stakes. If there is wind, and if
you are on a street or on bricks, oops. At a Ren Fair in Texas, I
had my easy up staked down, inside and out, from each corner and
from the 3 middles. Top still blew off. But most people lost
everything. I only lost the top covering the tent, top was still
there and undamaged.
Since then, I prefer to use commercially bought canopies made
with heavy fence poles. The guy who made mine, TNT in Tennessee,
sells them in color combinations (stripes) as well as in plain
white, just about any size from 10x10. I can't get it up w/o
help either, but once it's up and staked, it will (and has) stood
through gale winds. I think my 10x10, extra for color striping,
with complete wrap around 3 sides, plus all the bungees to hold
tarps to frame, was about $350, which is less than the Sam's if
you buy the wrap around walls. It's slightly harder to put up, at
least the first few times, but so much stronger.
With both canopies, in hot weather, I roll up the sides 1/4 to
1/2 way for good air circulation but still low enough so nobody
comes in the back while I'm concentrating on my work. I've also
used lattice pieces for the sides, with fabric over the inside,
to display my work. Best, Paula
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