Consider changing that to a 10’ x 10’ with 4 sides.
When you are doing a two day show and want to leave the tent up over
night, like everybody does, you take out the valuables and then zip
the sides together to make it weather tight. The 4 sides are helpful
when its raining and windy. The center zippers on the sides are handy
when you are alone and rolling up a whole wall by yourself can be
difficult. You can roll it up in 5’ sections that way. The cheap
sidewalls that velcro shut tend to be flimsy and not stay attached in
Now the tent types. The three biggies in the midwest are EZ-up, craft
hut and light dome. I had the medium priced EZ-up for 3 years ($300)
at Sams club. By the end of three years it was completely beat. The
dome EZ up is NOT even worth considering as it takes very little wind
or rain to trash it. I staked my tent, weighted it, put hoops in the
corner to keep rain from puddling in the top (which is a big problem
with them) and used big old clamps on the corners…I still lost my top
several times a season. This is what you get when you are
brave…don’t intend to leave the tent overnight or can’t afford
anything else. By the end of year one by top leaked badly…my legs
were wobbly. By the end of year two a couple of the feet had fallen
off and the leg adjusting buttons were cranky. I do 10-16 shows a year.
I now have a light dome. It is 2 1/2 years old and no problems yet. I
could put it up on my own in 1/2 hour when I was 8 months pregnant,
faster now. I love it, but you do pay for the increase in lifespan,
sturdiness and good looks. The options of sunshades on the sides is
nice with jewelry so that it doesn’t get to hot to handle on sunny
days. There is also a skylight option for a sunnier booth, but it will
warm it up in there. It will run $800-$1400 depending on how many
bells and whistles you want…I could be off on that price as mine is a
couple of years old. Creative energies sells it (800) 351-8889, tell
them I sent you and I hear they will give you free straps or
Craft-hut owners love them. But they do have alot more parts and take
longer to assemble. They claim they are sturdier in a bad storm. I
can’t say one way or another, I think they run a few bucks more. I
talked to as many people as I could before buying and went with mine
because I couldn’t find any single females putting up the craft-hut on
their own, although I am sure there are a few.
Don’t forget weights & straps, different ones for grass or pavement.
Out of time now but if you have any more questions E-mail me directly.