by Lisa McGrimmon
When I was in the market to buy a craft show canopy, I did a lot of research before investing my money.
I wanted to buy something that was cost effective. That is, I didn't necessarily want to buy the cheapest canopy I could find, but I wanted to find the best value for my money.
One show organizer directed me to a company that sold canopies for many thousands of dollars. Although my business was making a profit, that kind of tent was just way out of my price range and well beyond my needs as well.
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However, after hearing about several craft artists who bought the cheapest tent they could find, only to discover they had a tent with moving parts that didn't move, bent legs, leaky roofs etc. I knew I also didn't want to go for a very low end canopy.
I finally narrowed down my top choices for tent canopies to either a Caravan Canopy or an EZ Up Tent. Both brands are commonly used at craft shows, they fit within my budget, and, although people do have the occasional issue, both brands have a very good reputation among craft artists.
I ended up buying a Caravan tent, and I am very happy with it. A lot of craft artists at the shows I attend also have Caravan Instant Canopies and have told me they are quite happy with them.
Here's what I like about my craft tent:
I have heard some people mention that they've had issues with the wheeled bags coming apart. I have not had any problems with mine, and I can say I haven't exactly been gentle with it. Do keep that in mind, though, when you're looking at buying a Caravan tent.
Caravan makes a variety of models of canopies, so be sure to read the specifications carefully and purchase one that meets your needs.
A few things to look for are:
Caravan Canopies are available to buy online at Amazon. Here are some of the commercial grade options available there: