Given the nature of my business I move a LOT of furniture by myself. It’s amazing what you can do if you have the right tools.
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I picked up these four smallfurniture dollies at Home Depot. They were a special deal, my store no longer has these. I put a scrap piece of wood on each of these small workhorses in order to move this huge table by myself. I would NEVER be able to budge this big ole table without these little guys.
This is another example of when I’ve used one of these. I can lay a large piece like this farm cupboard onto the dolly then move it anywhere, and set it back up.
Sometimes something will be very heavy, but low to the ground, so I thought it would be a great idea to configure a handle to help me wheel things around.
I had some pvc pieces, and bought a few extra pieces in order to make a handle.
I drilled some holes in the end of one of my dollies—I tried everything to get the pvc pieces to work. But it was a major.project.fail.
But!! Then I saw this wonderful swivel handle. I don’t remember if I saw it online, or in an ad, or if I actually saw it in the store when I went to buy a cart. With my upcoming show, I was concerned about moving all my heavy boxes of signs. So, I was looking for a better way. I found it!
This handle was less than $10, (Amazon is higher, but shipping is included) and worth every penny! It installed on my dolly in no time. After ALL of that time and energy I wasted on the pvc configuration, I happily spent money on this puppy!
It allows it to act sort of like a wagon. (look at the holes in my dolly!) The handle is adjustable, but not very easily. It doesn’t have those little tabs that push in, but screws and nuts that have to be done and undone.
The handle folds under the furniture dolly and clips in place for easy storage. I can tell you that since I got it, I have used it a LOT. I will be purchasing another one for another dolly I have. All together I have 4 of the small dollies, and three of these larger ones.
You can see the dollies and the swivel handle at Harbor Freight, and Amazon
While at Harbor Freight, I picked up this handled cart. I wasn’t sure the swivel handle was going to do what I wanted it to do. I haven’t used this cart around the shop much, but I figure it will be handy for craft shows.
They had different sizes, but I chose the smaller one, so that it’s easier for this old gal to handle, store, and pack around in my SUV.
My signs are all boxed up into the boxes that I got at the Salvation Army during the Spring Fling. These boxes will be easy to move with my new dolly and cart!
I also bought a couple of fold up tables. I have one 6ft buffet table, but I’m concerned everything won’t fit in my car. I will have two booth spaces in the fall at Glendale, so these tables will really come in handy for that.
I opened the tables to make sure they work right, and decided to do a sort of dress rehearsal. I will be setting up at my show from 1-2:30 am, so I want to get a good idea of what I’ll be doing.
Some of my signs don’t have hardware or stakes on them. In order to display them, I came up with this idea of tying some jute around the chicken wire that allows the sign to slip in and out easily.
The signs on the very top are examples, and not for sale. Therefore I won’t have to be removing them. My thought behind the screen door is this—I hope that people a couple of aisles away will be able to see this display and want to come check it out. I only hung a couple of signs on the tri-fold display for the dress rehearsal. It was HOT, and I was sweating profusely.
You can see on the (inset) photos how I am using the ornament hooks to hang the signs.
Here you can see that one table is longer, and the other is a 4 ft table.
I still have to gather all the stuff I’ll need, like zip ties, bungee cords, table cloths, etc. The show starts at noon on Friday! I hope I’ll be ready.
whoa-I better get busy! If you’re local, or visiting Louisville KY this weekend, stop by the West Wing at the Kentucky Fairgrounds and say hi! Hopefully I’ll be easy to spot with this tall screen door!
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. You know that when I love something, I like to share it with you. IF you do furniture makeovers on a regular basis, do yourself a favor and pick up some furniture dollies. It will save your aching back.
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.