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First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Benjamin Durant Nov 6, 2012. 10 Replies

This weekend I did my first fall festival/art fair.  We set up our new Caravan Display shade (for only the second time and the first with my home made panels included), added PVC pipe weights at all…Continue

Hello all!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cassius Callender Aug 14, 2012. 5 Replies

I've been lurking and cruising around the site for a while now and finally thought it best to make it official so that I could begin to ask questions as I plan for my first art fair.  I am based in…Continue

 

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Mar 15, 2013
Benjamin Durant replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"Thanks for the encouragement.  I use PVC pipe weights that hang from the top of the tent so that they take up 2-4 inches of my space depending on exactly where and how I hang them.  If I tie them right, they are directly behind my first…"
Nov 6, 2012
Benjamin Durant replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"Thanks for the words of encouragement.  I didn't have as many cross ties as you suggest, the stabars, or the dog stakes.  I did, however have cross ties and weights and did NOT go airborne myself.  I was pleased with my tent and…"
Nov 6, 2012
Annette Piper replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"Congratulations on getting through (and surviving) your first show AND makind a little bit of profit :)  Sounds like you will be successful in the long run!"
Nov 4, 2012
Alison Thomas replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"I have just finished my first season with Eaton canopy weights (CanopyWeights.com) and I am very pleased.  Previously I was using large water bottles tied to the top bar of the tent.  They always worked well for me but they looked awful…"
Nov 4, 2012
Karole Bowlds replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"Weights at the Bottom, near the feet, all four corners, stay bars -to keep the wind from collapsing your tent legs inward, heavy duty dog stakes, and ratcheting tie downs, and cross ties inside and outside. All key elements in stabilizing the tent.…"
Nov 4, 2012
Richard L. Sherer replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"Notebook is good idea. You can forget a lot about, loading vehicle, what to take, and how to set up. I have a "booth List" on my computer that still gets updated after a show. You always learn something new that makes life easier at the…"
Oct 15, 2012
Benjamin Durant replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"We saw some people this weekend who learned the hard way that it isn't easy.  I don't know if they were new to the business, but they sure gambled on a tailgating tent holding up to the winds we faced.  I had the chances at some…"
Oct 15, 2012
Jacki Bilsborrow replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"Now that you have your first show under your belt you will be ready for the next one.  There is so much to learn and some people think this is an easy way to make a living but it is tough.  Do you have any more shows planned for this…"
Oct 14, 2012
Benjamin Durant replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"This was a very small fair in Harrodsburg, KY.  I think we had 19 assorted artists, two food booths, a children's activity booth, two inflatables, and a pony ride with only one pony.  It was a fun group of folks though...when we…"
Oct 14, 2012
Richard L. Sherer replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!
"You are a survivor. Where was this? I have used tie out stakes where they are allowed. Parks with some types of sprinkler systems prohibit stakes of any kind. Good luck this spring."
Oct 14, 2012
Benjamin Durant posted a discussion

First Fall Festival/Art Fair completed!!!

This weekend I did my first fall festival/art fair.  We set up our new Caravan Display shade (for only the second time and the first with my home made panels included), added PVC pipe weights at all four corners, cross tied it from the top front to bottom back corners and vice versa, and then put the side walls on.  (In the future I will cross tie outside the side walls but more on that later.)  We were ready for business and didn’t noticeably forget anything that we needed.  The first three…See More
Oct 14, 2012
Benjamin Durant replied to Shawn Thompson's discussion DIY Panel System (Semi-Pro Panels)
"On the set I am working on, the carpet is attached to the front side of the frame only.  I am going to cover the back eventually, but for now they are one sided. "
Aug 15, 2012
Benjamin Durant replied to Shawn Thompson's discussion DIY Panel System (Semi-Pro Panels)
"My issue with conduit was that I didn't know how to deal with connecting the pieces if I used the metal conduit.  I liked the rigidity of the lumber and with the version I've made, I don't need the center foam.  I am…"
Aug 14, 2012
Benjamin Durant replied to Shawn Thompson's discussion DIY Panel System (Semi-Pro Panels)
"Thanks for your suggestions!!  I tried a version of this today and I am going to try to add pictures of my results.  The ladder in the third picture is about 20lbs.  To reduce weight I removed the plywood and added triangular braces…"
Aug 14, 2012
Cassius Callender replied to Benjamin Durant's discussion Hello all!!
"Welcome to AFI Benjamin!"
Aug 14, 2012

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At 4:09pm on August 12, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Benjamin.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.
 
When you have a chance, please stop by the Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!
 
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