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« on: May 12, 2014 09:26:42 AM »

I've done three craft shows so far, and I've been borrowing my nephew's Coleman 8x16 canopy.  It's time to buy my own.  I'm wanting to buy a 10x10 white canopy with sidewalls.  Most of the canopies I've seen at the shows are EZ-Up.  During my research, I've also found King Canopy, Caravan, and many "off-brand" models.  Almost all of the above have reviews ranging from "best purchase ever" to "this thing broke first setup, don't buy ever!".  I don't have the money to buy a true industrial $800+ setup.  Right now my budget is around $150-200.  I was looking at one at Big Lots that is true 10x10 and comes with sidewalls and roller bag for $170.  Not sure of the brand, it says commercial grade on the box, but print is cheap.  However, I just came across one at Sam's Club that looks promising:


Z-Shade Commercial Shelter, 4 sidewalls (one zippered), anchor weight plates, steel/aluminum construction, stakes, name banner, awning and roller bag with pockets for walls and accessories.  $199.98

Almost seems like a no-brainer, right?  But before I go plunking down that chunk of change I wanted to get as much feedback and advice as I can.  I've got a little time before my next show on the 31st.

My goal is eventually to have two 10x10 canopies, because some shows I've seen only offer a 10x10 space while others offer 10x20 or larger.  With two I can join them together and have more inventory space.  For now the single will work while I work on more professional-looking displays.

So I'm open to any ideas, suggestions, brands, etc.

Chris in VT
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014 04:17:13 PM »

I got my first canopy in 1987. It is a KD Canopy, who is the inventor of the pop up canopy. But it cost over $700 back then and each side wall was an additional $75. It was used for an average of ten 2 and 3 day outdoor shows each year. Outdoor for us is from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day Weekend. And we have seen snow on each of those dates.

Today a good canopy can run over $1,000. But I don't suggest you do that.

Last year we purchased an EZ UP canopy from BJs Wholesale club. It is a nice beginner's canopy that comes with a good quality top, sidewalls, an awning and case. At the time it was $199. So maybe it's $250 now.

EZ UP is really the standard today. They're good, lightweight, and you can get replacement parts easily.

It'll last you a couple of years. Then you can decide whether or not you want to pursue doing shows. And if so, you can get a Craft Hut or Light Dome, etc.


There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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