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Julie Wall
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member since: 6/19/2004
 

Displaying Work at Fairs or Shows


Hi, All...
Does anyone have any cost-effective suggestions for displaying matted images for places such as street fairs or craft show booths? I've looked at easels, and display boards, etc., but everything seems really expensive. We're just getting started, so money's kind of an issue. :)
Thanks for any help you can give us!
Julie & Johnny

4/29/2007 9:37:31 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Julie & Johnny,
Iíve seen people use milk crates on tables after putting their images in clear plastic sleeves. The problem is that when you donít show that you value your images by displaying them effectively, people will not want to give you much money for them. That means itís hard to get money to upgrade.
Thanks,
John

4/29/2007 11:20:58 AM

 
Julie Wall
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member since: 6/19/2004
  Hi, John...
Thank you for your reply! We used self-adhesive easels on covered tables for a recent auction. I'm not a big fan of them, but they were relatively inexpensive to purchase in bulk. The problem was that they weren't terribly sturdy. I do know that if table space is limited, we're going to have issues, given we do more smaller prints. Also, I feel that since a lot of these festivals and displays are out-of-doors, it may be a little risky to put a fairly expensive display board out where it could be damaged by wind, rain and the other elements. :)
I want a happy medium between obviously cheap and not breaking the bank if it rains. :)
Thank you again!
Julie

4/29/2007 12:12:02 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Julie,
I got some nice-looking inexpensive easels at Ikea, but they are floor standing. You might want to look at the stuff from this company (I have used them a lot): http://www.valleymoulding.com/. They have some interesting supplies.
Thanks,
John

4/29/2007 1:31:20 PM

 
Julie Wall
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member since: 6/19/2004
  John,
Thanks, that is EXACTLY what we've been looking for! Their table easels are a LOT nicer than the cardboard ones, and you don't have to let them go with the pictures! Johnny liked them, too! We were also thinking that he could craft some floor-type wooden easels that could hold multiple images. Again, John, THANK YOU!
Julie

4/29/2007 1:51:28 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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4-Week Short Course: Portrait Photography Lighting on Location and in the Studio
  Glad to help! John

4/29/2007 2:07:31 PM

 
Cat 
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  Greetings,
We do some shows here through our club and have made some stands from PVC pipe and garden shade cloth. We did not glue the pipes together so the frames can be broken down for transport and the covers are much like a slip cover for furniture. We connect them with plastic wire ties, that way they can be angled for free standing. Inclosing a link, if you go to the 2006 P.O.P section you will see how they work.
Best of luck to you both
C.C. Smith
http://www.wideanglephotoclub.org/index.html

5/1/2007 10:06:39 AM

 
Tony Bendall
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I have only done a few shows so keeping costs down is v. important. I bought mats, backs and bags from Matcutter.com for 8x10 and 5x7 prints. Most prints were put in wicker baskets bought from the local hardware retailer so that people could thumb through them.

Selective prints were displayed on small easels bought from a hobby store for a few bucks.

I also displayed some framed prints on a home-made trifold screen. The simpler the framework, the better the images looked.

Hope this helps.

5/1/2007 6:29:26 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
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member since: 9/23/2006
  Tony,if I may be so forward,what do you ask for an 8x10 mounted,matted and framed behind glass?

5/19/2007 7:31:30 PM

 

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