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Transporting Craft Displays

Learn how to plan your craft displays for easy transportation so you can have stress free travel and set up at art shows, and use some simple, common sense advanced planning to ensure that transporting everything to and from shows is as easy as possible.

7 Tips for a Low Stress Booth Setup

  1. Ensure everything fits in your vehicle.

    Before you buy or build your own tables, dividers, craft tents, etc. measure the interior storage space of your vehicle so you know the longest and widest dimensions that will fit in your vehicle. Keep the dimensions in mind when you purchase or build the larger elements of your craft display.

  2. Choose light-weight items whenever possible.

    I made the mistake of choosing inexpensive over light-weight when I bought the table top material for the custom tables I made for my craft fair display. Every time I pack up for a show, I struggle to move my tables, and I wish I had put just a little more money into a lighter table top material.

  3. If you are using a portable canopy, a wheeled bag will make your life so much easier.

    You won't be able to drive up to your space at every outdoor show, and carrying one of those canopies for a distance can be challenging if you haven't been spending a lot of time at the gym. When you buy a craft tent, make sure it comes with a wheeled bag for easy transportation.

  4. Bring a dolly or a hand cart.

    Dollies are normally not provided by show organizers, and you never know how far you may need to transport your items.

    Ensure your dolly or hand cart is one of the last things you pack in your vehicle because it is one of the first things you will need when you start to unpack your vehicle. A dolly isn't going to do you much good if it is packed underneath all of your stock and your display items.

    Related: Craft Booths for Indoor and Outdoor Shows

  5. Load your vehicle so that the first thing you put in is the last thing you need to take out.

    When you're setting up, you'll need your craft tent or other rigging before you need your display items, and the last thing you'll need is your stock.

    Pack your stock first, followed by your display items, and finally your tent or other rigging. This strategy will save you the irritation of unpacking half of your vehicle to get to what you need.

  6. Be sure to save space for your craft tent.

    Although it will probably be the last thing you pack, your craft tent will take up a lot of room. Take that into account as you arrange items in your vehicle.

  7. Use a checklist.

    A checklist will help you ensure you have packed all of your craft displays, stock, and other supplies that you'll need for the duration of the craft show.

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