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As I get ready to take the bold step into busking, I am considering procuring a pouch. However, I just cannot afford $300 for a pouch. So, I got to thinking --- while at WalMart tonight, I notice that in the hunting section they have a nice camo "fannie pack" for hunters to put their game and shells. In other words, I pretty nice size. Would one of these work if I was to make some adjustments to it like, painting it, cutting up the upper flap? Thank you in advance for the info.

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No reason that it wouldn't.
You'll have to try it and see what suits you best.
But paying $300 for what somebody calls the "right" pouch seems a bit silly to me.
When I do street work, I use a bartender's change apron with a snap clasp at the rear.
It's a five-pocket apron, about 10 inches deep; that and a four-pocket vest is more than enough storage space for props and even balloons!
It's black in color and about as close to a medieval street performer's giberciere as you're likely to come across.
You might want to check out T. Myers Balloons, out of Texas, for some good apron/pouches; they might be exactly what you're looking for and they're under $40.
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You can do what many of us have done -- Make your own. To start out it doesn't have to be leather but any kind of fabric that will stand up to the use. (If you go to an upholstery shop you might be able to pick up some tapestry material at a good price, maybe even free, from their left overs.)

The advantage to making your own is that you can put the hidden pockets and holders just where you want them.

Do a Café search. There are some good ideas tucked away here.
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Hi Kasper,

I've made several custom containers (there're a few posts under gibeciere) and I really think it's the way to go. Everything's where you want it and you can make right and left sided ones.

The only thing I would say is make a mock up out of paper and try it out first. Then look at everything you've put in it and try to make sure it's well arranged, your hand can move freely and (most importantly) that you haven't tried to cram everything but the kitchen sink in. Personally, I'd make the first one out of cloth, because it's servicable in a year's time you'll know exactly what you want.

I'm going on holidays, but PM me if you want and I'll see if I can get a friend to scan some photos in January.
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Marc DeSouza showed me years ago that simply placing a piece of curved plastic in your breast pocket will hold it open enough to drop many items in there. I simply took that idea and applied it to a simply small bar apron so that the pockets stay open. It's cheap and easy. You could make one yourself pretty easily.
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The aprons that carpenters use to carry nails and screws in makes a servicable pouch. Certainly with a couple of minor modifications you can have a set that will work fairly well.
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I suppose if you work on the streets for a living, a well made leather pouch that will last the length of your career is worth the money you'd pay to own one. It looks swell, is professional and would present the air of an entertainer who values quality equipment. Me, I'm not there yet. I work part time and have enlisted the services of my wife, a top-notch seamstress, to assemble a pouch of my own design. Eric, you were rumored to be crafting leather pouches. Are you? If so, where can they be had?
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I've seen one of Eric's pouches and the things are just sexy as all get out!

When I started I used a bar apron and a carpenters apron. Both did the job well. If you want to do a large final load ala Gazzo you need a bigger pouch and Eric's pouches are very nice indeed!



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Swami-- Yes, I make pouches.

Danny, thanks for your kind words once again. The things I do are done out of a longing for perfection-- something I'll never attain, but it feels good to try.

When you get down to it, a wide sash tied around the waist allowing for loads to be placed in the folds will work for the cups and balls. However, every consideration pertaining to the pouch's/waist-servante's design stems from the action of placing the hands above, or in and out of the pouch pocket with ease. If you can do that with a sash, carpenter's/bartender apron, then that's all you need.
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