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« on: July 16, 2012 10:00:59 AM »

SI haven't taken the plunge and done a craft fair yet, but what's stopping me is my car!  When I look at the list of stuff I would need to take with me--tables, my inventory...I wonder how in the world I could manage it all by myself in my little Saturn Ion. 

Talk to me about getting your stuff there and setting up by yourself.
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012 11:24:23 AM »

If your budget would allow for a big purchase, look on Craigslist and Kajiji, etc, for a tiny trailer. Considering my father got a 14 footer for a grand, and my boyfriend's father found an 18 foot tandem axle for 2 grand (a HUGE deal because it was custom made for a man who never finished paying for it), a little 6 foot ATV trailer sounds like it would be exactly what you need at a great price (assuming trailer pricing is consistent across North America). Also, a trailer that size won't give your Ion any problems.

You could even rent one from U-Haul for the weekend/day. I don't know about outside Ontario, but their rates are very reasonable up here.

The question becomes, does your Ion have a hitch, and/or could you afford the cost of installing one? Trust me when I say a trailer is an amazing investment that will pay for itself with it's usefulness. The number one reason people sell a trailer is because they want to buy a bigger one!

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012 09:31:55 AM »

There's no hitch on an Ion. Plus if you've never driven with a trailer it can be a bit overwhelming. It's a whole different way of driving!

Alexus, I'd suggest that if you have the time and items already available just spend some time figuring out if it will even all fit. If not, either try a car rental/sharing service to get a bigger car for a day or a few hours OR just enlist the help of friends! You could also take two trips, but depending on how far you're traveling and the security of the venue, that might not work for you.

« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2012 05:51:16 AM »

well i had ALOT of crates and tables/chair and stock to take with me. Embarrassed luckily.. I went with a friend who was doing it with me, she borrowed a 4 wheel drive big type thing, it was handy!

i suggest carpooling with someone you may know who will be at a stall using a bigger car, get a friend/partner/family to help out with the load, rent a truck for the day or make 2 trips like above mentioned!

Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.

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