Art Fair season is in full swing. My first event was the East Lansing Art Festival. It was such a great event and I am looking forward to doing it again next year! It seems like with every event, I add or update something in my booth. For this one, I wanted to find a way to create a design wall to showcase my product and also create a pretty background in front of the tent walls.

I really like the look of pegboards that are made of light wood and have large peg holes. It really gives off a simple, modern design. Also, this allows me to change the display configuration as the product or season changes. I found these really cool MODULAR PEGBOARDS by Darice. This line has many different sized shelves, racks and bins. Also, these pegboards can be easily painted or stained. The flexibility and many options of this line seemed like the best fit for what I was looking for.

Now that the pegboard system was determined, I needed a way to secure it vertically and transport it easily. Many art fair vendors use GARMENT RETAIL DISPLAYS in their booths. They are not very expensive and they are easy to transport. They come in many colors and sizes and have display add-ons to help showcase product. I ordered three for my pegboards. Building the pegboards proved to be so much easier than ordering these displays. The packaging arrived damaged and therefore the garment displays were as well. Ugh! I had to mail them back to Amazon. Then, one of the panel legs arrived broken and I had to do the whole return, wait, hope for the best routine again. It took way more time to resolve than it should have, but in the end I had three new, unbroken, undamaged, retail displays.

I connected the panels together with metal brackets. I had a lot of help from Home Depot figuring out what the best brackets should be and how they needed to be attached. Once I had all of the right materials, it was really easy to hook everything together.

It took about an hour and a half to create the first pegboard unit and then 1 hour for the other two. They are really sturdy and should hold up well at events. Here are the three finished pegboards.

I attached the pegboards to the retail display with grid-wall hooks at the top and Velcro at the bottom.

I added just one more project at the last minute. I thought it would be nice to greet guests in my booth with a welcome sign. I found all the supplies at JoAnn Fabrics. It was actually a really fast project and I am happy I took extra time for it.

The art fair was tons of fun. My friends met me at the booth to help set-up and then we went out to dinner after. The first day was beautiful, but second day had a bit of bad weather. A few shoppers that ran into my tent to escape the sudden downpour were incredibly helpful in helping me keep my products dry and my booth from flying away. It was exciting there for about a 1/2 hour, but in the end I made new friends.

This was a fun event and I am looking forward to doing it again next year!

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