Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Actually I have had good luck with EZ weights. You can find them at EZweight.com. They are made by an artist in Rapid City. They are essentially square pvc tubes (about 5" x 5" x 4' tall .. aprox) They have grooves for wooden clamps that attatch to your booth corners on the bottom, middle and top. There is a large screw-in nut on the top that you screw open and fill the tube with water, then empty after the show and haul empty pvc home. I have been one of few tents left standing in bad storms with just these weights clamped on, something about the weight atatched to the legs of the tent make the whole thing more stable in bad wind.
dawn rasmussen said:I actually saw competition for the orange buckets last season... 50 gallon blue plastic drums filled with water, right in front of the booth... bird baths.... shower water for desperate campers at the end of a hot day?
Greg Heihn said:As long as you are asking I'll share my secret! John Deere tractor weights! YEP. By cracky, thats the classy way to weight down your tent.
The only drawback is, depending of course on where you are, the distinct possibility that they could be stolen! Even before one steals your art work.
Had many comments on those weights and even some drooling from patrons.
Now I use the Trimline bag weights about 40 or so #'s each. In the winter you can dump them out for traction if needed.
But the really CLASSY way to weight down your tent is with bright orange 5 gal buckets strapped to the tent with bright yellow straps. Filled of course with sand. When placed at the front corners of the tent-why its like a neon sign! An attractant for the buying public! And they can put out their ciggs in them before they enter to purchase.
How tall did you need to make the pipes to fit the 50lbs of concrete?
I use something similar to that of Warren's. I had one of our local welders help me out. He welded a 6" square tubing to a 6"x12" piece of 1/2 metal. the square tubing was set at an angle. He then welded a round tube to the other end and drilled hole in line with the hole in the feet of my canopy. The square tubing goes up into the legs of the canopy and then bolts to the feet. I then use the weights from my son's weight bench (plus additional purchased) on each of the round tubes. I can put 50 - 60 lbs on each leg. With the square tubing at an angle, they hide perfectly under the tables and out of site. Living in Kansas with the winds we have here (gusting up to 45 mph) my tent hasn't moved an inch. not a very good picture - hopefully gives you an idea.