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glitterlisa
« on: April 27, 2004 08:56:08 PM »

I need to purchase a folding table for a craft market that I will be working this weekend. Can I get a few recommendations? I have access to at least Target and Walmart. (I'm in Houston.)
I'd like to spend less than $50. I'd want something that is around 6 x 3 feet.
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2004 11:22:17 PM »

Hi Lisa  Grin

I got my tables at Wal-Mart in the Sporting Goods section for $27.

They are the long rectangular ones that fold in half and have a handle and I LOVE them!
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2004 07:41:54 AM »

How big are the tables you got from walmart? I will be calling you soon (today or tomorrow.)
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2004 08:01:08 AM »

OK- my tables are 30 x 60 and look like this:



I get cute flannel backed table cloths and skirts from the dollar store to cover them- they work really well and for a dollar who can complain?

And check this out (I am so excited about this I have to share!!)-

Last night I walked up to the corner store (two houses down) to get a cup of Cinnamon Cappucino (mmmmmmmmmmmmm) and as I came from around the back of the store I glanced at the dumpster.

Sitting all alone next to it was a display stand.

Hmm.

I walked inside, greeted the Manager (I practically LIVE there..the coffee is delish!) and made chit chat as I filled my coffee cup. On a stray impulse, I said, "So...are you guys just throwing out that display stand out back?"

He informed me that he had been planning on taking it home himself, but 1. His wife wouldn't let him and 2. He had no way to get it there.

I grinned and asked permission to take it. "Go ahead", he said.

So I have a new display stand. It is a little over 5 feet tall and almost 4 feet wide.

It has plastic 'clip' hinges attaching three sides which allow you to make it straight or shape it into a triangle.

It came with shelves and with 'hooks' to hang items with hang tags on them.

There are three 'signs' attached to the top of the display, one for each section. They are heavyweight plastic and are attached with velcro- EASY to paint over, add my logo or product info and then just reattach!


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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2004 08:14:44 AM »

I would think it would be really easy to get more shelves at your local home despot.  they have these modular plastic coated wire closet organizer things and their parts might work.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2004 08:26:16 AM »

I was planning on heading over there tonite. I'm so excited that I got it for FREEEEEE!

(sorry for hijacking your table thread Lisa!! LOL)
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2004 09:03:15 AM »

OMG! I hate you now! I need that too!
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2004 09:04:51 AM »

According to the guy at the store, the displays are provided by the vendors who want their items in the store. They toss most of them when they change the display.

Time to go get cozie with your local 7-11, Circle K, Stop and Shop or Tom Thumb guy *grin*
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glitterlisa
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2004 10:50:24 AM »

I forgot to ask, how many tables do you have... and do you have links to your past displays?

I'm still searching for a weekly venue. I've found a monthy one (for the next 2 months at least) and one that I work on a 8 week rotation.

I'm still looking into other possible venues, but some already have soapers, etc.

Do you take credit cards when you are at your market?
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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2004 11:05:30 AM »

Sorry I missed your call- diaper duty.

I have 4 tables, two long and two short. I don't take credit cards or checks- cash only. If they want to order with either check or credit card, I refer them to my website to place the order.


Here's a picture of one of my displays- since then I've done a lot to add "height" to the booth, mostly using plastic spice rack shelves from Wal-Mart and baskets/fabric covered boxes.  I also display in record bowls now and it looks great and catches people's attention.



There are three soapers at the market I go to, but we all sell really different stuff. One lady is simply selling items she buys from a soaper in Vermont. I've been told her lotion is greasy and she doesn't know very much about her products.  The other lady sells mostly loaf soaps (http://www.essenceofzion.com/products.htm) so we really don't have anything similar to each other.


HTH!
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glitterlisa
« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2004 11:34:41 AM »

Wow, some of those loaf soaps are great! I can't wait to make my 1st swirly one. I have so much soap to chop / make when I get home!

I'm planning on making a green tea loaf, oatmeal and honey, and my special goat's milk, oatmeal and honey. These are some of my most popular sellers. I'm always suprised at how much people like the green tea and honey.

If I lived next to/near a soap supply store, I would be so broke!

Maybe tomorrow will be a slower day when I don't have to be constantly hanging up the phone and calling back!
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2004 11:42:14 AM »

I'm trying to decide how to go about my first loaf soap- I was totally inspired by your stuff!  I'm thinking maybe a plastic drawer liner? *grin* I just HATE paying for a 'commercial' mold.

As for living by the soap suppliers- I AM BROKE! LOL poor ken is doing all he can to keep me in supplies.  I just picked up an order on monday and now here I am adding stuff to the shopping cart- it NEVER ENDS lol. I better sell some more soap quick-like hehe
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2004 12:08:24 PM »

My favorite loaf mold is a parallel printer cable box. (Plastic box) You can use a plastic shoebox (rubbermaid) or whatever brand.
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2004 01:29:34 PM »

you can get a nice one from walmart (including a chair) for 30 dollars!
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2004 07:57:46 AM »

I recently started doing craft shows and had $0 to spend on tables. We already owned a folding card table and sawhorses, so I took a little trip to my local home improvement store and found some scrap lumber: 1/2 inch thick 2x8. I got the lumber for free! (Actually, I only got it for free because they were so busy they didn't want to fool with marking it, so they just said to take it.) Check out the back of the store near the cutting area. You might luck into a slab that will fit in your car, like I did.

I bought a twin flat sheet to drape over it, and I overlay some tulle, as well. It is nice because I can put my jewelry on this table and my dog biscuits on the card table. I can adjust my sawhorses to 37", which puts the jewelry up closer to eye level and means folks don't have to hunch down to inspect it. It also gives me LOTS of room to hide boxes, bags, food, etc under the table.

The picture is a little dark, but maybe you can get the gist of it:

The other displays I built with about $30 worth of lumber and five hours of labor.
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2004 08:50:49 AM »

That's awesome. I was really stressed this week because I didn't own a table (have a small car too) and the fee is pretty high for this market. I ended up 1st buying tables from target that were too shallow. I ended up buying a 6 ft x 3 ft table from walmart  last night and am trying to figure out how to display my soap on it tonight. I bought some $1/yd material as well to cover it.
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2004 09:58:50 AM »

OK- my tables are 30 x 60 and look like this:




does anyone know where else to find these other than walmart?
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glitterlisa
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2004 10:04:30 AM »

You can get them online at Target. My local Target and Walmart did not carry them. If you have an academy, they might carry something like this as well.
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cassiemarie
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2004 11:10:20 AM »

You guys should look at some of the chain camping stores for folding "picnic" tables, thats where i got mine, and its pretty inexpensive/sturdy.  Here is a similar one at REI,  http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=47794030&parent_category_rn=4500555
hope this helps!
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