So anyway, I thought I would post some of the prep that went into getting a booth ready for any other newbies out there who might be thinking about participating in an outdoor show.
veteran of the show, she pointed me in the right direction. I ordered a
tent with sidewalls. I hadn't even thought of having one with walls, but found it was absolutely necessary, especially when we were erecting the tent Friday evening in the pouring rain. So besides giving protection from the weather, the ability to zip it up at the end of the day helped to keep my artwork secured out of sight.
I found a great deal through Costco's online. It was sturdy, came in a nice wheeled carrying bag, and assembled easily. Two people can quickly put it up and take it down. The carrying case also had pockets so the sidewalls could be folded and stored. Since I made the decision to go with this tent only 10 days before the show, I was keeping my fingers crossed it would arrive on time. They said they shipped out in 5-7 business days, so I was cutting it close. It did arrive late on a Wednesday afternoon, 2 days before I needed to set up.
The next dilemma was how to hang my artwork and create a display table. My hubby, Scott, came up with the idea to hang plastic lattice around the sides of the tent, then I could hang my pieces from the openings in the lattice. This worked out great. The lattice looked nice and the plastic was light weight and didn't put stress on the tent frame.
Looking around the house, I found some items I could use for display, then placed some smaller canvas and mixed media journals I made on the table. The thing I did to make the set up go smoothly at the show grounds, was to label the underside of the display pieces, for example left back, center back, etc and also to draw a quick sketch that I could follow, because I knew I would not remember how it was all put together.
When you go to the website, you sign up and they mail the reader to you for free. There are no monthly fees, and you pay a small percentage per transaction. The money from a sale is then deposited into your account the following day. Very easy! More than half of my sales were by credit card.
I was fortunate to have my youngest daughter available to help me out with preparations for the show. She set the entire Square system up for me and created an inventory of all items which were put onto the device prior to the show making it easy to do when a sale was made. Just taking her word for that, because she did that part of it for me entirely.