Really, I don't want to sound like a whiner...this is just in hopes people will be a little more considerate...
I was recently in a show with a lovely set up - although the artists were requested to have all of their merchandise INSIDE their tent, we did have room for our chairs either in the middle of the street or on the sidewalk [depending on booth location].
Our neighbors had the same amount of space. However, the artist[s] showing next to us had their entire family - parents, siblings, cousins, grandparents, etc. visiting the entire show. At one point, there were nearly 30 people! They were eating, drinking [alcohol], smoking, talking, playing music - having a party on the sidewalk. They decided to sit in our chairs, throw their trash in our boxes [our backstock was in them], They blocked the way for our customers to get to or into our tent. They were loud and inconsiderate. Little children running around and babies crying are not conducive to conducting business.
I'm sure they had a lovely time, but this was our "temporary" place of business. We did try to speak to them about it, but it was the artist's first show, and the family was there for support. At one point, I wanted to sit down, but an aunt told me I could not sit in my own chair!
I know most of you would never do this - here's hoping newbies will be more thoughtful of the space we rent... thanks for letting me vent!