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814 days ago

I need some help redesigning the layout of my art/craft show booth. I sell Maloof rocking chairs and hardwood cutting boards. I am thinking about adding some cherry flooring (built in segments for transportation), shelving for cutting boards, possible lighting, etc. I am in the market for a new canopy also. I have a big show in August and I want to make a good impression.

Currently I have 1 6’ table that we cover with a black table cloth and the cutting boards are displayed on different levels on metal holders. The levels are created by putting boxes under the table cloth. For the chairs I either use a large area rug or small rugs that are easier to transport. I also use a digital picture frame for display work that I don’t have at the show.

Any help would be appreciated with either pictures or suggestions.


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#1 posted 814 days ago

I do a lot of conventions and conferences for my company (not woodworking) so I may be able to help.

What is your budget?
What are the booth dimensions?
Are all the things in the pictures all you have to display?

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#2 posted 814 days ago

Didn’t really think of budget since I would probably build shelving and flooring myself

Canopy is 10’ x 10’

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#3 posted 814 days ago

Just threw something together. You should consider downsizing your table (making it only for transactions and/or handouts) and moving the chairs out front. People usually don’t like to walk into a booth (well, I don’t at least). Move your cutting boards to a vertical display shelf (near the back to lure them in). If possible, only cover up half of the sides. If that’s not possible, try to leave at least 2 sides open (preferably leaving the one at the back and behind the office chair close).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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bent

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#4 posted 813 days ago

i’d build riser boxes for the chairs. get them closer to eye level and make it obvious that they’re for sale. you can also use the boxes as hidden storage (extra cutting boards).

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#5 posted 813 days ago

That sounds good… you could have boxes that fit into each other to make packing, etc. easier…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#6 posted 813 days ago

The riser blocks is a great idea but potential clients need to be able to test out the chairs and riser blocks will prohibit that.

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#7 posted 813 days ago

Is my illustration something along the lines you were looking for? I also think risers would be more trouble than they are worth. You can always store extra cutting boards under the table.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#8 posted 813 days ago

saw you in lewisburg coupla weekends ago. I very heartily agree that you need to have people sit in chairs so the risers are out. having done my share of shows im not sure id want to contend with laying flooring… but your chairs will take a beating rocking on blacktop. may want to consider interlocking foam tile and 10×10 carpet. I would highly encourage a professional tent. I have seen many easyups flipped inside out with gusts and had one crash into my tent once. as for display of cutting boards my personal opinion is to make a cabinet that will hold your office/transaction materials and extra inventory. I feel you waste space with a cloth covered table when you could be showcasing another piece to show range of work.

was that pic taken at mt. gretna? what show do you have in august?

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#9 posted 813 days ago

”The riser blocks is a great idea but potential clients need to be able to test out the chairs and riser blocks will prohibit that.”

They could all be the same height resulting in a small Stage… would need center reinforcing which would negate the Stack-inside feature… Or just on 1-1/2” or 3” slabs… just something to get’em on a small stage.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#10 posted 813 days ago

Very interesting. I only do a couple shows. Seems everyone has a tent like that. How are other tents any better? If the wind is hard enough, I would think any tent would go. I like the design you set up Doss.You do nice work. Thanks, bob

-- Bob www.bobkloes.com

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#11 posted 813 days ago

Thanks Bob. I usually do tech conferences that range in many different sizes from a 8×8 to 20×20. It looks like you work with slabs as well. Cool deal.

That rectangle under the rockers is meant to be the existing rug from the pictures.

How are other tents any better?
I thought so too until I was at an SCCA autocross event with my tent that kept getting blown away or having other canopy problems while some guys across the pits from me had no issues whatsoever with their Snap-on tent. I do not know where they got it (I’ve been looking for one), but it was built way better than mine (checked it out myself) and seemed to be impervious to wind attacks while everyone else struggled to keep their tents together.

yellowtruck75, can you tell us if it’s a corner, one side, or median booth?

Explanation:
Corner is obviously a booth located on a corner or intersection of perpendicular traffic flows.
One side is where the people walk only by the front of your booth (usually that means you have storage behind your booth and no regular foot traffic behind it).
Median booths are usually open to 3 traffic flows or, at the very least, 2 (one in front and one in back).

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#12 posted 813 days ago

Doss
Love the sketch you put together it gives me some good ideas, Really appreciate you taking the time to put that together for me. Don’t know where my spot will be at my next show.

jcsterling

I like the idea of putting together a cabinet or hutch to display cutting boards. The picture was taken at Mt Gretna last year when I was part of the Emerging Artists and the next show I have in August is Mt Gretna again. Loved the show last year, great setting, great people and sold a chair. Too bad I missed you at the Lewisburg show I think your work is amazing and would love to meet you and see some pieces someday. I had a fellow artist give me your card at the Lewisburg show.

I do agree that we need a better tent and right now we are looking at getting a better EZ-Up. I would love to have a nice expensive canopy but this is only our second year of doing shows and I can’t justify the $800 – $1000 expense just yet.

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#13 posted 813 days ago

First off thank you for the compliment on my work.

I agree the mt gretna setting is fantastic and I always did ok but now it conflicts with another show that I do so ive chosen to do the other. I think I will move back and forth between the two after doing my current one for a while. guess you probably had and interesting time loading out last year with the storm that came thru :) I believe you sold one of your chairs to a couple that has several of my things in their house.
I suppose it was Mike Y who gave you a card.

my main gripes with the ez ups are the cheap zippers and that they leak like the exxon valdeze. if you want the low down on shows I will be glad to share some of my experiences someday…..

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#14 posted 813 days ago

Hello. I do about 15 – 20 shows a year, so I have a little experience with booth setup.

My suggestions:
1. Raise the tent as high as you can get it to go. You could also make concrete feet with bolts for the tent legs that will raise it up higher and give you weight. By raising it higher, it makes your booth look brighter and not like a cave.

2. I like the suggestion of the small risers that will also work for storage. I envision a height of no more than 6”. I agree that you need people to sit in them but you don’t want non buyers to sit down. Have a sign on the chairs that says ” Test Rockings are FREE. Just ask.” Then you you or they could pull it down onto the carpet to test rock the chair. Doing it this way gives the impression that these are not just regular rockers but they are special because they are on a pedestal.

3. I also agree with above suggestions to get rid of the the side table. Make a desk for sales, I have a foldup desk that has 3 shelves and is able to be leveled and has my company name on the front. If interested contact me for more info.

4. My suggestion for displaying the cutting boards is to make a couple of A frames (that will fold up for storage) with several small shelves going across for display purposes. You would cover the A frame with material so that it looks solid. By having at least two, you can have one out front and another in the back. Also you could have shelves on the back which would increase the amount of product on display.

5. As stated above, use the 2’ foam squares for the floor and place your carpet over that. You can get the black ones at Harbor Freight on sale every once in a while. They work good to keep customers in the booth as the floor will feel soft instead of standing on the hard pavement ( not to mention you will feel much better as well). Using the foam will protect the carpet from getting wet from the damp ground.

Jim

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler, http://www.hollowwoodworks.com

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#15 posted 812 days ago

I sure enjoy hearing about the experience of your tents and shows. I have only done a very few, but I really like the indoor spaces as I don’t have to set up and take down everyday. Plus then I don’t need a tent!

Yes Doss, I do lots of slabs. Tiger maple and figured walnut. I just got several out of the kiln.

I hope to read and learn more from you folks Thanks.

-- Bob www.bobkloes.com

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