in a recent post I showed you the ALL-NEW, totally different booth set up we intended to try for the very 1st time at the Road 2 California Quilt Conference and now, with the show in our rear view mirror, it’s time to let you see if our floorplan worked as well as we hoped it would! 🙂
First of all, Road to California is unique among quilt shows because it’s a family run show with a storied history. We were placed in the “Pavilion” which really is a football-field sized tent erected in the parking lot.. and I know that sounds a little weird, but you know what? …except for the trees (which were kinda pretty), you’d never have guess this was the case. In the photo above you can see that we have our tables arranged in the new configuration out on the booth perimeter.
And on a side note– I planned all along to use the blue draperies supplied by the Conference, but the big surprise was how much I liked the accompanying blue table skirts, so rather than replacing them with our usual purple table tops and black batik skirts, I decided to give this look a go, just to change things up this time. So what do you think? Was it a mistake?
At left is a picture of the new shelf supports my Dad made for us, roughly half the height of our old ones. The reduced height was necessary for the 3-tier bag display I had in mind. (And just so you know, Dad made these supports out of some old signage, isn’t that cool?)
Here’s how they looked set up in our new tri-level format (at right).
But you know what? During the course of building our display, I realized (to my horror) that I had a SERIOUS problem! When I planned my booth layout, I didn’t know that the tables I was renting would be 30 INCHES WIDE!!! YIKES! (Just so you know, this is the 1st show I’ve ever done that routinely provided 30″ wide tables.) Normally they’re 24″ wide , which meant that under my new plan, 12 inches of our tables would be hanging over into the aisle… a definite no-no!
A few years ago I might have freaked out over this, but if 6 years of vending has taught me anything, it’s to be ready to make a change on the fly, so here’s what I did instead (above left)…. I pushed the “low” table under the elevated one to “bury” the extra width…. and yes… it shows a little bit. It makes the table skirt on the elevated table look a little jacked up, but it was OK because we “made it work”.
And speaking of the elevated table….
Here’s how we raised our work table to the height we needed for our display this time, since counter height tables were not amongst our renting options for this show. See that screw on the side edge of this tube? That is what determines how far the table leg will extend down insidethe tube. We placed the screw at the 6″ mark, which made this table 6″ taller than it really is. Pretty neat, huh?
We found these “magic table leg extenders” online and they’ll come in handy everywhere we go from now on. They were very inexpensive and since counter height tables are more costly to rent as a rule, they should pay for themselves in one or two shows because from now on we can just rent standard height tables! 🙂
And here’s a look at the bag display we used for this show. (You might also note one of the “indoor trees” in the background.) I was pretty pleased with this look overall. Two of the bags we normally take (a Carolina CarryAll and a Boho Baguette) were hung on the draperies to the right (out of range for this picture).
Our zipper and bag hardware displays were staged on the opposite aisle. You might note that we added another display this time.
And here’s the best part for us!
Just look at all the extra space we have behind the counter! Not only did we have room to move freely, but we also had full and very convenient access to our supplies for restocking the zippers and notions, PLUS…there was also ample room for us to store our pallet under the tables! (see below)
So… why is this important to us?
For two reasons actually…
1) Because if we can’t store it in our booth, then it will need to be taken back to the warehouse, which means we’ll have to wait for it to be brought back to us before we can pack up at show’s end, and believe me, when the show is over, I’m ready to get on my way home as soon as possible… and
2) This particular pallet was a little larger than normal, which was just what we needed for our large fortified boxes, so I didn’t want to risk not getting my original pallet brought out to me from the warehouse, (which is all too real possibility). 🙂
And here it is!
Our new look for 2015! All in all we were very pleased with the functionality, the extra room behind the counter as well as the improved accessibility to our supplies. Of course I’ll have a couple of new designs to add to the mix for our next show, which we’re hoping will be AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY in April, so I may need to make a few small changes here and there, so stay tuned for that?
And now, it’s YOUR turn…
So what do YOU think of “our booth in blue”? Do you think the changes we made in our display setup would make you more or less likely to stop in and shop? And if there’s any other feedback you’d like to give us, I would love to hear it, so please feel free to leave your comments and remarks in the space provided below.
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