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Post by SuzySparkles on Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:01 am

here is a tent for 35 bucks, I wonder how good it would be...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Atlantic-Outdoor-8-x-8-Canopy-Color-White_W0QQitemZ110508572213QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item19bad2fe35
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Post by Debi's Doodles on Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:07 am

Also, not sure if anyone has mentioned this... when looking for a canopy I recommend one with the vents/slits on the top so the wind flows through.

Our first canopy did not have the vents at the top and was horrible when the wind kicked up. This new one I have has the vents and it makes a big difference. I got mine at Wal-mart.
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Post by len sherrard on Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:25 pm

susy, that tent may be just fine for your area/needs/weather. Ive seen simular tents in action and they tend to be too weak to hold up when it comes to wind vs. weight to hold it down under exteme conditions, people passing by,(watching you paint,) tend to trip over the corners seeing they are on a slant instead of straight up and down, and you need to check the easy of erection, the ones i've seen take 2 people to assemble/disassemble. otherwise if that one works for you, sounds like a sweet deal!
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Post by BluAngL83 on Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:45 pm

I think I saw an EZ up tent for $100 on amazon.com Their directors chairs are awesome and light. I was thinking of charging the client like an extra $20 to provide my own tent if they don't have a suitable shaded area for outside events. This way I can get my money back too! Smile
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Post by Tash on Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:58 pm

I think I saw an EZ up tent for $100 on amazon.com Their directors chairs are awesome and light. I was thinking of charging the client like an extra $20 to provide my own tent if they don't have a suitable shaded area for outside events. This way I can get my money back too! Smile

Just remember the effort of bring the very heavy tent and setting it up is not easy for an hour gig. I supply my gazzebo to parties 2 hours or longer, but after hauling it there and setting it up $20 doesn't seem to be enough for the effort.
I don't advertise I have shelter unless they ask, and then I charge $40.
Don't forget to check they have enough flat ground space for you to set up!
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Post by Perry Noia on Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:18 pm

EZ ups usually have a rolling case and they're not too bad. Still I only use mine for the farmer's market or festivals.
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Post by BluAngL83 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:10 am

Tash, yeah, setting up my tent would definitly be for at least 2 hours...but it's mostly to make sure the client thinks about where they will place me and if it will be comfy for my paints/ balloons/glitter tatts/ and myself. Hmmm i guess i could charge a little more, but I was just trying to get back the $$...I will think about Smile
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Post by Annette on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:41 pm

Our first canopy did not have the vents at the top and was horrible when the wind kicked up. This new one I have has the vents and it makes a big difference. I got mine at Wal-mart.


Debi, Do you recall the name brand of the tent you have? I've been looking for tents with vents in the ceiling, with no success.

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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:06 pm

I too have a beige EZ Up Canopy and I love it, I can set it up by myself with no problem (because mom is almost too short to help me). My Mom and I have had it for 4 years now and it has never failed us. This last summer it even made it through a thunderstorm that produced a tornado just 5 miles away. It didn't blow away and it didn't get twisted at all. As custom, when we set it up, we secure it to the ground using 4 heavy duty Dog Stakes put into the ground at an angle . The ones I'm referring to are about 18 inches long and are spiraled, so you twist them in. Put those in at an angle and the tent isn't going anywhere unless you say so. We don't use the thin strings that come with the tent, instead we use self-winch straps with hooks at the end. You can crank those babies down so tight you could almost play off them and since they are secured at ground level, we rarely have issues with people tripping. We've never had a problem with leaks either. We've had to close down shop and huddle in there a couple times when the weather was bad and we couldn't get to good shelter.

If the weather is particularly threatening we have four 5 gallon buckets filled with cement we tie to each leg and then we put small straight stakes through the holes in the 'feet' of the legs (which is what we did just before that storm last summer). We also have side tarps that came with the canop that when attatched and closed reduce the "parachute" or "umbrella" effect drastically which is what often takes tents to kingdom come.

I think we got it for about $120 at Walmart... I can really remember, it was a while ago.
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Post by Sweet Loretta on Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:28 am

I have a 10'x10' white commercial Caravan with four side walls and a wheeled carry bag.
Paid $250 for it in 2001 at Costco.

It gets used now used maybe 5-7 events a year most - twice a year for a bi annual five day festival, last year 3 times 5 days each - most times one day use. It has have seen some very serious use in 9 yrs. It looks great. I will before Memorial Day wash the top - first time in the nine year - it has a bit o sap and is ready - but it could go w/o. I have wiped the sides down as needed - last year the got the most wiping. I just like that nice clean professional look.

I can put it up alone (I am 5'1") - certainly some can't - I've actually helped folks who had the same ones - some things just throw folks!. It peaks in the center as needed for rain and good air circulation. . It gets windy in the summer in my area - and at one event I do weight my legs - but usually I don't. I use 25 lbs vinyl sand bags with webbing handles - usually found where they sell bounce houses and inflatables. They are 10 yrs old and I use them all - all the time to weight down and hold in place equipment during transport.

An option for weights are boat anchors 5 to 50 lbs and more - they come bell shaped with rings on the top for tying onto. They are decent looking, small enough to be out of your way but visable enough to avoid being tripped on - the can be painted in any color to match your company look. Those 5 gallon buckets will take up valuable space - sometimes you need that extra 6 inches. And you are better to use 2 weights for extra poundage on one corner than moving anything over 25 lbs. You can also run the pvc piping along the side rails in a vertical position - we' have a friend who does this.

I would not get a colored tent if you plan to do large, juried, professional events as many event coordinators require white only tents. I would not add vinyl letters or stenciling as this will wear and look unattractive. Add signage or do it on a cheaper to replace side wall. And I would stick with a major brand Caravan and EZ-up as replacement parts and accessories can be found, and they'll have a better re-sale should you end up not needing a pop-up.

As for who provides - I now do only festivals where the producer invites us - I don't pay to work. But still a few need us to provide our own booth and at long festivals I prefer to have my own space. For 90% of our work which 85% if that is corporate - I do not bring my own booth. It is hot and sunny here and most our work is outside. We require shade and are very clear about having protection from the elements. If they can not provide that they can pay extra for us to bring our tent.......... everyone finds us shade. And if it looks iffy when we get there, I am assertive and professional and we just find a perfect, proper, spot that works for everyone.


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Post by Debi's Doodles on Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:43 am

Annette wrote:
Our first canopy did not have the vents at the top and was horrible when the wind kicked up. This new one I have has the vents and it makes a big difference. I got mine at Wal-mart.


Debi, Do you recall the name brand of the tent you have? I've been looking for tents with vents in the ceiling, with no success.

Its called "First Up" gazebo...we got it at walmart, its tan and comes in the bag that has the rollers. We bought the walls that go with it later on and I love it.
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Post by Psalmbook on Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:24 am

How much do you charge extra to provide the tent?
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Post by Annette on Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:53 am

Thank you so much Debi!

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Post by Debi's Doodles on Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:45 pm

Psalmbook wrote:How much do you charge extra to provide the tent?

Well for me, I only usually use the tent when I do an all day event like a street fair or I'm set up at a sports event.

For a private party thats only a couple hours I will ask the host if there will be a shaded area for me and if not, I bring my umbrella, which is no big deal so I don't charge them anything extra. I love my umbrella, its one of those vendor umbrellas with the cloth top (vents at the top too!). Its a mini version too, not one of the huge vendor umbrellas. Works good.

I also have this smaller beach umbrella that I sometimes attach to my high chair so theres always shade directly over me and the person I'm painting.
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Post by Sweet Loretta on Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:57 am

I charge $30. Low enough to be reasonable and high enough to discourage people. I know I hear so many stories of folks saying they show up then there's not shade or ....... I have not had so much good luck (I have) but rather my professionalism is respected and we in turn get treated right - folks set us up in a good spot. I just flat out say I don't work in the sun and make people stand in line in the sun. If we do provide the tent too, I say it must be a load in spot where we can just pull up and unload the tent - I don't drag it across the park. I think in 10 yrs I've had people opt to pay for the tent a very few times........ I have tossed it in as a comp here and again for a great client with a big crowd who is paying full rate for a few artists - I don't do any corporate gig less than 3 hrs, so for a client who is already at or over $1000 a gig - they get they are hiring professionals and we don't schelp.

Tents are for festivals and big events not reg everyday gigs. I have many friends who don't even do their own tables or chairs - just come with kit. I do provide my own stand and tall chair - as my stand is custom made. It it lightweight, goes up fast, is easy to transport, has signage and hidden storage, fits my pallets perfectly and is tall so I'm not bending at the back as I work standing. I work with a clean, honed system.
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Post by magicnewe on Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:24 am

Sweet Loretta I would love to see a photograph of your stand! Very Happy
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Post by Painted Dragon on Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:44 pm

Ditto. I want to see your stand too.
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Post by grinmpt on Mon May 10, 2010 9:47 pm

Go to SPORTS AUTHORITY! They offer a warranty. For like an extra $10 or $20, if wind bends or breaks, etc (get the details there), they will REPLACE the tent! My girlfriend just did this when I broke one leg (they're so flimsy) trying to put away. Just take a few pics & they replaced her tent with a brand new one!!

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Post by vegas mom on Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:36 am

pulling up an old thread...
What has been your most successful tent??? I am shopping now, but would like some imput before making the final decision....Thanks
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Post by seekorka on Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:52 am

Last week, the wind destroyed my tent on children event.
So big wind. Water weights can not help. Tent flew with weights too.
Broken structure. Cracked plastic segments. I was sad. Sour start event.
My beautiful blue and white color... Sad Look like this one:


But a better mood now - discount in the shop yesterday. I am happy!
It is only for 1 season I know.

The side covers have another tent. But only 21 USD this 3x3meters tent!
And normal value 45-55USD. So I bought two Very Happy
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Post by Bee Happy Design on Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:02 am

now that's a cute tent! Wonder where they sell those in the USA?
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Post by vegas mom on Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:23 am

Bee Happy Faces wrote:now that's a cute tent! Wonder where they sell those in the USA?
If your talking the white tent with the side panels that have the arched clear windows, I found loads of them on e-bay...
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Post by barbb919 on Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:00 pm

also make sure the top has a vent for the air to flow thru...
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Post by creativefunfaces on Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:33 pm

Have any of you found tents that you can actually set up by your self? I have gone without so many times because my husband was not available to help out.
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