Display Tips and Tricks Don't let this happen to you! Wind and rain can be costly to your art fair set up. I hope you find this section helpful in beefing up the anchoring of your display! Customers still shop in the rain!
Notice how the tents stretched under the weight of the rain. Also please note the use of gallon milk jugs to weigh down the one tent on the right. Those only weigh 8lbs. We suggest using 30-40 lbs per corner especially if you can not use grass anchors as well. We know it's a lot of weight. But well worth it if it means less damage to your display and your artwork. Plus we have a great team to help you unload and they LOVE carrying tent weights! No really they do!
Start with a good base. Attach weights, at least 40 lbs to each corner. Below is a wonderfully creative and attractive way to pretty up your display. Each weight was made by the artist with concrete and are 20 lbs each. Ratchet Straps ($20 home depot) come in a variety of colors and lengths and should be apart of all artists equipment. Secure the weights to the top of the canopy with the ratchet straps and adjust them so they are taunt. ** Tip for making your own weights.. get a giant hook-eye screw and set it in the concrete that you pour into the bucket of your choice. (look for taller buckets that take up less horizontal room) Then connect the ratchet straps to the cemented hook-eye screw.**
Start with a good base!
Weights should be used whether you are on grass or concrete. If you are also on grass we suggest taking one further step and get a grass anchor as seen below. One artist said she found them cheaper at the pet shop as a dog chain anchor. To get more force when screwing them into the ground slide a hammer through the handle and turn.
Another big issue at the fair is wind. Especially when you have your sides up. Once again Ratchet Straps come in handy! They help prevent the billowing of the sides, which can hit your tables and knock things off. We recommend one strap going one direction on the inside, and another going the opposite direction on the outside.
Rain is the worst! It can take down the strongest of tents if that top isn't tight! Below are some clever ideas artists have come up with... (I suggest when using the pool noodle you duct tape it in a high arch) The Pic also shows a great use of CLAMPS! Clamps are a great way to make sure you tops and sides are night a taunt. That helps deflect the wind and rain.
Our experienced Art Fair Crew has seen it all. We are here to help you make a safe, dry place to sell your artwork. Nothing beats an art fair. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please fill out the comment form on the contact page.