Today will be a busy day! I’ll be packing a uhaul for my annual show at Glendale. I hope I’m ready. I guess I have to be ready. yikes! It’s suppose to be a cool weekend. I’ll have two booths again this year. My Cousin Terry is helping me—so thankful for that. I’ve come to realize I just can’t do this by myself anymore.
Today’s project isn’t really pretty to look at, but it’s a necessity for my hanging projects.
Last year I had stuff resting on the ground as seen in this picture. I’ve spent the last year trying to figure out how to build a display that would be easy to transport.
While googling and searching, I found this craft show display idea from Cheltenham Road. I made mine a little different.
As I said at the top of this post, it’s not much to look at, but it’s going to serve my purpose, AND wait till you see how little room it takes up for storage and hauling. here’s how it all came together . . . .
I bought a long concrete tube form 8” in diameter. I used my reciprocating saw to cut the cardboard. I bought 1 bag of concrete to fill the cut off tubes, and inserted a 5’ 2x4 into the concrete.
I used nuts and bolts to attach 4’ firring strips horizontally.
I placed the firring strips about 7” apart.
While I was shopping at The Home Depot for the nuts and bolts, I was trying to figure out how I was going to suspend my hanging coat racks from the firring strips. At first I thought “S” hooks would work, but they are soooo darn expensive. While walking the aisles I was quizzing myself about what I have a lot of—suddenly it hit me! I have a TON of peg board hooks left over from when I had a booth at a local store. So I picked up a half sheet of peg board.
After painting all the firring strips, 2x4’s and concrete, I ripped the peg board into strips that would fit the firring strips. Because you can’t attach the peg board directly onto the wood, I used some scrap pieces of wood to separate the peg board from the firring strips.
I secured a screw through one of the holes of the pegboard, through the little scrap piece of wood which allows the pegboard hook to rest in the holes.
After I got it all done, I realized that I could add pegboard to the BACK of the display as well.
I had to cut the pegboard to a shorter length so it would fit in between the upright 2x4’s. Because I ran out of the small scrap wood pieces, I used the ends of the pegboard I cut off to make the spacers.
This is the BACK! I have double the space that I expected to have. I have already planned it out how to set it up in my booths so that it will be most valuable real estate (floor space)
Now, are you ready for the BEST part?
It breaks down and takes up very little room!
I bungeed 3 of the horizontal pegboard pieces to each of the vertical poles. Easy to store and transport.
Not only that, but it will be easy to put up when we get to Glendale!
ps I numbered the boards to make them easier to assemble on site.
I sure hope this works as well as I think it will, because I have a LOT of hanging items. I sort of think it will be like solving a puzzle to figure out the best way to display the items.
Here’s hoping Glendale 2015 is successful!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.