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The Frugal way to start showing at Art Festivals: The Tent

So let’s start with the basics…A TENT!

My husband and I go to art festivals all the time and yes I depend on most of my sales via the internet and galleries, but I recently was encouraged (thank you Jana) to apply for a show in Edom that is truly “Artisan” and they said my work would fit right in, so I applied and was lucky enough to get accepted….well now, the work begins…so my husband and I, while we still go to art festivals, As opposed to the art itself, we’ve started to look at tents, and panels and weights and the way credit cards are accepted….oh my Lord it never ends!!   So now that I’m terrified and we’ve realized how expensive this can get, we’ve decided to go the frugal route instead of throwing two grand into a full top of the line set up for our first show.  So I’m going to do a few posts on How to put together an expensive looking display tent for UNDER $500…yes it can be done!  We’ll cover Tents, panels, weights, taking credit cards,lights and Misc. things you don’t think about!

I preface this by saying if you use any of these expensive brands, please take no offense…believe me I’d love to as well, but for a first timer starting out and not knowing what I’m doing, we have to start frugal and none of this has come without lots and lots of research.  So if you’re a die hard Flourish Lover….I don’t blame you…they make a great product…just not one I can invest in, so these articlese are going to be about finding the deals and the tips and tricks to keeping it cheap, NOT to bash a great company.

We’ll start with the tent and yes I will, if I love the festival life, eventually invest in an $845 dollar Flourish tent with all the accoutrements which puts you well above $2500 and that looks something a little like this…

 

Flourish Tent

 Well after doing some research and looking at a lot alot a lot of tents and talking to twice as many artists we found this tent:

 

 

 

  

 

 WE found this EZ UP tent from Hutshop.com.  It has everything the Flourish has including the back door option, four sides that can be rolled up an awning (which is extra on the flourish as is the back door) along with your name or website printed on the tent above the awning for only $29 extra (pennies compared to what you pay for a professional sign and is not offered by Flourish)  and Four zippered sides.  All this for only $239.  AND the EZ up can be popped up literally by one person. 

I interviewed no less than fifteen “EZ Up artists” and one said he’d had his for 15 years….so durability seems to be added along as well.  Sure the fabric is not quite as thick, but every artists I spoke to with an EZ Up was as happy as could be.  So for this starter girl… EZ Up it is and maybe a fancy Flourish after I make the big time!  Or maybe not if it lasts as long as the 15 years claimed!

Peace and Light and next week we talk about Panels….my favorite part!!!

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In Support of Flourish, the following links are from Flourish.com who sells some of the best tents and supplies out there….but a bit pricey for this frugal first timer.

Lukes Show Essentials

Luke“I’ve been doing shows for 25 years in every part of the country and in all kinds of conditions. Here’s a list of supplies I always bring with me, besides of course my inventory, charge card machine, plenty of change, extra pens, and my display. I hope with this basic kit you’ll be able to meet whatever challenges come your way.”

Item

Intended Use

Duct Tape XXX Important – attaches anything to anything.
Bungee Cords Hold a display to a table, or possibly hold up the table.
Spring Clamps Good all around fastener.
Step Stool or Ladder If you were tall, you would be in the NBA not doing craft shows.
Hammer A must have for pounding in stakes and fending off unwanted visitors.
Nylon Rope Keep it handy for attaching tie down screws or dragging your car out of the mud.
409 or Similar Cleaner Because even despite your best efforts stuff will get dirty.
Waterproof Coat I know it’s not gong to rain, just bring it.
Pliers Tightens any bolt and converts Mesh Panels, so you don’t have to try with a spring clamp.
Did We Mention Duct Tape? You will need it. Do not leave home without it.

 Links to Artist Resources

zapplication.org – Many shows now use this online application process

Mike Albin Photography – See Mike’s excellent marketing articles on his website

Art Fair Insiders – Reviews, Forums, Groups & more on this inside page for artists

National Association of Independent Artists – An organization by and for artists and dedicated to the success of artists who exhibit at shows – please join

Art Fair Schedule – Scheduling and Marketing resources and information

Sunshine Artist Magazine – Show reviews and articles by exhibiting artists

Community of Artists for Equity – An advocacy organization for artists exhibiting 2D artwork.

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