I'm currently feeling dissatisfied with my 'quick' set up. We have a lot of half day or single day shows down here (Australia) and set up is required usually with a 1 hour maximum.
As a consequence of this time limitation my favoured display tables (specifically made for a multiple day show set up) are very heavy for me to lift by myself and time consuming to erect so my set up time would be gone just putting them together, let alone getting any stock out.
What I call my "show" tables in my fair weather (light) tent:
Our booth sizes vary here with quite a few smaller spaces (2m frontage instead of 3m or 3m wide but 2m deep) although outdoor spaces usually stick with the 3x3m size (a tad smaller than your 10x10). We aren't asked for booth shots either so excuse my non-professional snaps!
The equipment that I can source here is limited. It's either fold up tables or trade style ultra-professional, imported and very expensive. Shipping from the US is prohibitive price wise (unless I look at getting a container of them and going into business selling show supplies!?). There is next to nothing that is in between the two.
I have two tents - a quick erect one with no sides for good weather (as in the photo above) and a sturdier one when required that is all black (the idea being with my white display and lights the contrast would look good!).
If I stick with the ubiquitous fold up tables, the size is a standard 6x2 1/2 ft allowing little opportunity to use them in a modular fashion. I do use risers (imported at great cost from the US as our table legs aren't suitable for leg extensions would you believe). I prefer to display on white but when I used all white damask it was easily soiled so I introduced a soft black fabric undercover with the white damask over the top.
The "quick" set up version with 2 fold up tables (indoor):
However, I feel the current display doesn't do the jewellery justice - my 'show' tables gave an expectation of quality but I'm feeling that my current quick option may be bringing me down a price level in expectation levels (I only deal with gems since I'm a gemmologist with prices up to mid $600s).
The wide tables also make it easy to overload the display and take up a lot of room in the allocated space. I'm not sure how to maximise/utilise the space efficiently with 2 sizeable tables. I'm not sold on the black covers. I'm not sure any more about all the busts. Lights help a lot and I use where possible, but outdoors they're often not an option. Glass cases are possible but heavy and take up a lot of space for these short shows, plus a lot of customers are more easily sold to when they can touch.
I guess I need inspiration - I've seen some of your booths with smaller modular units and I love the clean lines of solid tops and neat, solid looking sides. I do have a 'handy' husband so he can make things but needs some direction.
Maybe I'm just bored and have lost focus? But regardless, I'd love to hear your ideas on how I could improve it all for short shows. We're very behind down here on booth presentation!