Monday, November 14, 2011
Last year being my first doing fairs, I didn't put much thought into my display. I grabbed some cubes at my local recyclery to hang scarves off of and placed a bunch of plate display holders on my table to show my purses. That didn't turn out so well. The cubes basically blocked my line of vision to customers. I had a crook in my neck from trying to peer around the dang thing. The plate displays tipped over so many times so as to be useless.
This year I was determined to get it right. I did some research to see other craft displays. Etsy's blog had some decent general information about varying height etc. Unfortunately, I sell felted items which, while not heavy, are bulky so the table top cutesy vintage thingys which may be fine for earrings were never going to work for me. I pored over the flickr show me your booth group and it came to me.
I decided upon a clothes line between two hat racks. I didn't have hat racks so no problem I figured I'd build them out of 2 posts and a number of 1/2 inch dowels. I basically just used a 1/2 inch paddle bit to drill holes for the dowels. The nice thing is the dowels come out so I don't have to transport these as monster sculptures. If I did this again, I'd only drill the holes perpendicular as getting the angles the same on the others was a pain.
Once I had the coat rack part set, I had to figure out how to secure them sufficiently to support a clothesline. I was a bit stumped and wandered around Ace Hardware looking for a way to clamp the pole to my table. Let me tell you some of those clamps are very expensive. I finally decided to use 2 christmas tree stands, which I filled with rocks. For extra support I used bungee cords to secure the poles to the table.