Daily Wire Tip Jan. 15: Outdoor Show Set-up

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
January 15, 2010


I saw your response about setup. Your outdoor setup only has a top but no sides.  How do you handle the wind?  I have a real problem with outdoor shows, even with sides to my tent. My displays, even when I weigh them down fly around.


I do have sides, but as I prefer to let in as much light as possible, I only put the sides up when absolutely necessary and at night.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    January 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

    i love doing outdoor shows, but hate the wind. i like to weigh down individual easels and display items by taping or clipping something heavy to the bottom of the back of each one. Also, i like putting gridwall INSIDE the walls of my tent so that the tent walls can\’t blow into display items and knock them over. This serves double-duty because when strapped to the tent poles, gridwall is a great weight to keep the whole tent from blowing away! Now i just have to figure out a way to keep the dust from blowing around and dirtying everything…

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    January 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    There was a time when I did a lof of outdoor shows. I do remember the windy days and chasing flying signs and baggies. One of the things I used were large plastic C-clamps to anchor table covers down, by going underneath the table where they couldn’t be seen and using the table legs to anchor the cloth with the clamp.
    With the wind blowing you have to do some re-thinking about your canopy and how you set up your merchandise. Top heavy displays are going to catch the wind no matter what. Rethink placement of those busts so that they are partially protected by something more solid…like display cases, etc. Weighing them down will help, with nice decorative sandbags or bean bags that match your color theme. Sometimes no matter what you do, you just can’t win against a strong wind. (That’s why I now do mostly indoor shows!)

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    Tres Lewis

    January 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Velcro is the secret to keeping your displays in place when there is wind at an out side show…

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    January 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    On the Sides of my tent, I use a mesh material. This cuts down on the wind (allows some air flow) as well as blocking most of the sunlight. This method keeps the tent from becoming too much of a wind sail.