Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

I did the St James Art Show this year and it did rain on Thursday nite before the show even started on Friday and when I came inside my booth it had rained inside the tent. I spent the entire day covering my art work from the on and off rain Friday and found out that at least three other artist had actually lost some of their art pieces. I did loose some envelopes that went with my cards but for the most part survived it w/o too much damage. I have never had this happen before and I had even scotch guarded it to make sure it would be rain safe. Bummer it did not stop the rain and now I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions are welcome.

Views: 1307


You need to be a member of Art Fair Insiders to add comments!

Join Art Fair Insiders

Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on March 7, 2017 at 11:39am

Well this is not exactly what I had in mind to do but my brother in law bought me a new tent. I will be looking into the waterproofing spray and probably apply it to this new one and maybe even the older one. The replacement top is a heavier quality so I will probably end up using it again after I have tried treating it with the waterproofing but we will see. Thanks all for all the advice. This has been a great place to learn. 

Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on January 6, 2017 at 12:03pm
Well I have to say all of the advice here has given me a bit to chew on. Will update when I decide what I am going to do and how it came out. Thanks all.
Comment by Karen Holtkamp on December 6, 2016 at 5:07pm

Congratulations!!  Sounds like your Trimline could even make doing shows fun again.  :)

Comment by Brenda Flynn on December 5, 2016 at 4:59pm

I bit the bullet and bought a Trimline through All I can say is....OMG, don't wait if you're really in the business. It's hell to put up the first few times, and if you do it with your partner, you're going to argue, sweat, give dirty looks and generally want to beat each other with a baseball bat...until it clicks. Then, it's really not much more work, but 900% more tent for the money. Seriously, it is made for the long haul. It withstands winds and rain - it's like covering your art with a heavy canvas has a skylight in the canopy which makes your whole tent lighter inside, and it has vents for air...the panels have grommets at the bottom you can cable tie to the stabilizer more flapping in the breeze! I love my tent now. Truly. Had way too many E-Z-Ups, and repaired and repaired and repaired until I just couldn't do it anymore.

Comment by Karen Holtkamp on December 5, 2016 at 2:50pm

Paula, I had this same problem with a string of EZ-Ups.  Scotch-guarding didn't work for me, either and stained the fabric.  Here are three things that worked/work for me:

1.  If you want to stay with a lower-priced tent, buy a Caravan rather than an EZ-Up.  I find the Caravan to be far superior in many ways, including the ability of the top to withstand rain.  Whereas the EZ-Up is sold at Sam's, the Caravan is carried at Costco.  Same price, but sturdier and far easier to put up and take down.

2. When I still used an EZ-Up I bought heavy mill plastic from Home Depot, cut a section approximately 13' square -- can't remember the exact dimensions so determine the proper size for your own tent -- and threw the plastic over the top before the tent is expanded.  Clip the plastic to the cloth cover on all four sides to keep it relatively in place, then expand and lock in the tent.  Now, go around the tent, stretch the plastic tight and add more clamps at the corners to keep the plastic tight and avoid the corner puddles.  This solution was a little cumbersome but worked perfectly through many rainstorms.  When I switched to Caravan I kept using the plastic just in case.

3.  Now I've given away the plastic to another artist and instead cover my Caravan canopy with a second Caravan canopy.  Again, I make a point to pull them both tight at the corners and add at least one clamp at each corner to keep it tight.  This solution has worked well for me with no more raining inside the tent.

Comment by Robert Wallis on December 2, 2016 at 5:00pm

I was at Lowe's today and saw where they carry Flex Seal in black, white, and clear. Price was $12.95 per can.

Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on December 2, 2016 at 1:19pm

Thanks Sherry Haney. I have been looking.

Comment by Sherry Haney on December 2, 2016 at 10:13am

My EZ Up broke last summer right after a show. I decided to invest in a Trimline from Flourish and have had no regrets about it. I've seen other tents shake, rattle and almost roll while my tent stood solid. And, I paid for extra poles so I could convert it to a 10x8 for indoor shows.

Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on November 20, 2016 at 8:08pm
Thanks Robert
Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on November 20, 2016 at 8:03pm
Thanks Joel.

Fiber artists -- use this resource to find new buyers:  Advertise with Reach over 60,000 fiber arts lovers.

Our 50 Best Art Fairs

Look Inside the 2018 Art Fair Survey:
Who Won and Why

Join the MasterMinds Group for personalized coaching on your Internet Lifestyle Business! 

60 Page Report - Best US Art Fairs

Click Here to
Learn More


  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2020   Created by Connie Mettler.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service