As I returned home from loading in for Unique LA last Friday I found myself happily thinking “wow – it’s all loaded in! Booth looks good, most of my work is done AND I haven’t hit my head on anything like I usually do before a big show!”
…….later that evening, as the ER doctor carefully sewed the tip of my thumb back on after I had nearly severed it with an Exacto blade I made a silent vow to NEVER HAVE ANOTHER POSTIVE THOUGHT IN MY LIFE!!!
Actually, I was quite lucky. The ER wasn’t crowded. The doc and staff were great. The injury didn’t (and hasn’t) actually hurt and my trauma did earn my sympathy from my very concerned, wood-worker father. Here is our exchange:
Dad: I told you not to get hurt in the shop.
Me: I was in the dining room.
Dad: That’s fine then. Carry on.
Despite all that the weekend went great (although I discovered that, while it is true that language skills are key it is really opposable thumbs that make me different from, say, a cow or a very chatty house plant…… Making change proved quite challenging).
The show was beautifully run, as always, the crowds were good, friends dropped by along with returning customers and, in general, a fine time was had by all.
But I wanted to share my new display idea.
As long time readers know I’m kind of a lunatic about figuring out how best to display my wares and this time was no different.
I made some tweeks to my Coaster Display boards by adding plexiglass to make the coasters more visible. I also changed the shelves to make them a bit more portable (I’ll detail that in a separate blog post).
But my big thing was to come up with a way to show my subway signs to best advantage. There are two sizes: large (16” wide 2’ long) and small (9” wide 12” long) and I wanted them all in one spot and hanging up so people could see all the options.
You can’t actually attach hooks and things to the booth walls at Unique so I needed a Plan B.
I wanted a wall. And it needed to be pretty big.
I had the following criteria for the design.
1) As always – it had to fit in the Fit (that’s my tiny but mighty Honda Fit car) which meant it needed to break down into small parts
2) It needed to be very stable. I wanted to hang the signs off of it but not worry about it tipping over on someone. But I couldn’t anchor it to the ground nor did I want big “feet” sticking out to trip people.
3) And, most importantly, it needed to be cheap!
The “stable with a small footprint” was really stumping me until I stumbled across these at Home Depot
They are footing piers and the come ready made with their metal cleats sized to hold 2x4s (the 2×4 in the pic is mine) and, best of all, cost only $7.00 each. They are heavy but not unliftable – I used my dolly to move them around.
Once I found those the plan came together easily.
I attached 5’10” long 2x4s to the piers with screws (you can see them in the pic above – the extra piece of 2×4 was because I decided at the last minute I wanted a little extra height) and cut very inexpensive “furring stips” into 5’ lengths (I ended up with ten 5’ furring strips).
I must say it worked beautifully!
It was quick to set up and break down. I just added some screws on-site to hang the signs from.
And it fit in the FIT!
I’m already thinking of the other ways it could be adapted. I could create alternate, shorter rails for a smaller display. I could build simple shelves that hook onto the rails to create a kind of multi-product wall if I wanted etc etc.
OK, onward. I have another show in two weeks. I get my stitches out next Monday and need to make lots of coasters cause I’m sold out!
Hope everyone had a great mother’s day weekend.