So you want to go pro #11: Ah Gypsies in the Air ?

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Blog entry by odie posted 01-16-2008 03:08 AM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you have ever paid close attention to the way an arts and craft show looks, you have to be thinking what a bunch of gypsies. You don’t see the half of it. You should see us when we set up and tear down. I fondly call everyone there a bunch of gypsies and it’s catching on. I will tell you, I have never run across a greater bunch of people in my life. There isn’t any of them that wouldn’t give you the shirt off their backs to help you succeed. But at the same time, I have never run across a group of people so void of common sense.

YOU MUST weight your tent down to keep the wind from carrying it away. Worst yet it could hit someone else’s booth or hit a customer and hurt them. But yet there are still artists that try to get away with this. Most promoters have this in there rules. Some of them are now just starting to enforce these rules though. I have witnessed many a tent lifting off the ground like a kite. And these shows are in Lake Tahoe where the wind almost never stops. There used to be a tent 50 feet up, in a tree, in the park, in Truckee. It was an arts and crafts show tent. It was in this tree for 15 years. The promoter used to point it out if someone didn’t think weights were important.

These were the same people that tried to save money by not carrying insurance. So, take an unweighted tent, a strong wind, and some innocent visitors to the show. If the artist has a home, he could lose it. If I see an unweighted tent I suggest the artist take care of it. If they refuse to obey the promoter’s rules, I tell the promoter. Then the promoter knows he is responsible for damage to my setup. That gets the problem taken care of quickly. So, be nice and know your rights. Don’t let someone’s stupidity ruin your weekend.

Below is what we use to wait our tent. These buckets have 40 pounds of concrete in each of them. There is a bolt stuck into the concrete that we attach each tent foot to with a wing nut. There is also a ring in the concrete that we tie a rope coming down from the top corner to. This forms a triangle of sorts and nothing moves.

Ah, go ahead, take a look :

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#1 posted 01-16-2008 11:40 AM

Makes sense to me – thanks for sharing Odie

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 01-16-2008 04:01 PM

Maybee you should make a bunch of them and sell them or rent them to the other artists. Keep people safe and make a buck.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 01-16-2008 04:52 PM

good info to be conscious of—even if you are just one of the people wandering around.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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