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Rod Pringle
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SETH:

Great idea to run the pennants down the guy ropes. I have cinder block weights for my EZ UP painted bright orange, so folks won't trip on the weights too. The pennants on the ropes are added protection against tripping.


LATER..ROD
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We used this banner company for a holiday event and all of our banners were great. My future Father in law found the company and designed them. I have a friend who trades out with me but I would use this company otherwise.

Fitz

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http://www.halfpricebanners.com
I have a daily web show all about magic at http://FitzMagic.info
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Thanks Fitz!
I am going to order banners from this company soon. Its good to hear from another user of banners from this company. The more you can add color and lighting to a joint, the more it will stand out and attract attention. As you know...FLASH IS CASH!!!HA HA

May your tips be plentiful and the spending heavy!
ROD
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Rod,

You're very close,but we say "No flash...No cash!" You have the idea though.

My theroy is that if the joint has good flash they dosen't notice it.But they DO notic if you don't.So if the joint looks lame and run down they won't stop as much thinking " what a dump this stand is"

Just my two cents.What do the rest of you think of this theroy?

Later,Don
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Hello Don:

hey ..good to hear from you!! I did get that turned around...NO CASH..NO FLASH does sum it up very nicely ha ha,,,,, Yes,Don, I notice that the joints that have flags, banners, good lighting and a good sound system, are generally doing good business , expecially if the event goes on during the evening hours,the lighting really stands out, it really pulls them in. It does'nt take a lot of money to buy a few flags and pennants, and some good clip on lights,and a few of those little rope lights will add a marquee theater look to the joint too..... its well worth the investment.

Good talking to you again Don,

ROD
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I agree 100%, first impressions are very important.

You could have the greatest pitch in the world, but if your joint is dusty or dirty, if your merchandise is a little shopworn, etc., if your tent frame is bent and rusty or your tent top is faded and wrinkled, it's an instant turnoff. Ditto on belly shirts, old baseball caps, faded T-shirts, etc. While you don't need a tuxedo, a clean shirt is a very good idea! Some of the vendors I've seen look like they haven't taken a bath in a while, and used the Salvation Army as their clothing store.

Let's face it, you are asking people who don't know you from Adam to plunk down their hard-earned cash to buy something they've never heard of and don't understand. So you better look legit and be convincing about it!

And you've got to attract their attention in the first place, so whatever you can do to stand out from the other 100 vendors at a show is a great help. In my experience, a big sign or banner, some colorful pennants, a few clip-on lights for night shows, and a small PA will all help, and should quickly pay back their cost many times over.

I made a colorful 4-foot sign by using just basic "Print Shop Deluxe" software and then taping the four pieces of standard letter-size card stock together. I ended up with a 45" x 9" sign that I took to Staples and had laminated for about $15. It rolls up when not in use, and secures quickly with a few dabs of duct tape on the back. I've used it now for 3 years and it still looks brand new, proving that you don't need to spend a fortune to look good.

For indoor shows I made a similar laminated sign that was only 33" long and 9" high. It fits right on my pitch table, which I cover with bright red velveteen (a $15 remnant from a fabric store). One of these days I'll spring for a 6' or 8' banner, but so far I'm doing OK. SETH
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Hello Seth:

GREAT ADVICE! It doesn't have to cost a lot to flash up the joint., and the pay off in sales is well worth it. Thanks for posting this!!!!!!!
ROD
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This pitch joint served my well for many years. I know most of you have seen my pitch joint in my Svengali DVD but here are a few good photos of it.

Understand it took awhile for it to come to this.Good flash but not too much.

http://www.zing-me.com/joint.html

I like this photo of the joint much better...for obvious reasons

http://www.zing-me.com/pitch1.html

Later,Don
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Finally got my joint put together, it's obvious it's copied from Don's and adapted to an easy-up. Banners are from the link I posted above, I am well pleased with their banners and service.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/PhotoView.js......rid=2008

Thanks again, Don, for all the pitch information on the DVD, hope to be out at a flea market next weekend.
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Hey Bill, that's a great-looking setup, best of luck with it. The top pennants are a great touch -- mind if we ask where you got them?

Unless it's windy, you may want to roll up the side panels for better air circulation. I also have a three-sided side panel, and usually only use the back portion (to prevent the specs from getting distracted). I roll the other two side panels up and stuff them around the rear tent legs. If I need them for sun or wind control, they're right there.

Also glad to see that your booth is securely tied down with guy lines -- when a sudden wind comes up, you won't be hanging onto the tent for dear life to prevent a blowdown! SETH
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Hello Bill:

WOW! Fantastic looking joint. You will do very well with this set up. I wish you all the best in your pitching. Yes, I would like to know where you got those neat pennants(flags), adds just the right touch for flash.

Wishing you all the best!

ROD
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Thanks guys, I'm looking forward getting started.

The pennant/flags came from here: http://www.anyflag.com/ad/2_stripe_pennants.html

The cost of the flag is pretty reasonable (I got the 2 x 3), but the shipping cost added about another $6 per flag. Once again, copied from Don's joint.

I had it up in my back yard all last week as a test (without banners) and it came through some heavy wind and rain with no problem.

Seth, it's difficult to see in the photo but I created a "wall" as a divider, using a blue tarp. That's where the banner is. It is placed about 3-4 feet behind the front. That way I can go behind the "wall" for a break and have some privacy, and my wife can hang out there when she is not spending more money than we take in at the flea market. It's a large enough area behind the wall to set up a folding table and chairs. Or, I could leave the side curtains off altogether and still have a back-drop.

By the way, I used 3/4" conduit to construct the banner frame and "wall" frame as Don suggested, using canopy fixtures from his source. There is a wealth of information here!
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Bill,

That is BEAUTIFUL ! You have to make money on that joint...well,I guess you don't HAVE TO...but flash helps a lot.(no flash,no cash)

Thanks for shareing.

Don
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Bill, thanks very much for the pennant info. It is obvious that you have put a great deal of time and thought into your booth. I'm sure your spot will be the "best dressed" joint at the flea! Between that and Don's "No-Fail" Svengali Pitch, hopefully it will pay big dividends for you.

And please let us know how you made out on your "maiden" voyage. May you have big tips and perfect DL's! SETH
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Hello Bill:

Many thanks too for the pennant info. You are going to do VERY WELL with that sharp looking joint! lets us know how it goes for you!

ROD
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Bill, I just ordered three pennants for my booth -- thanks for the info. This should help to make the joint stand out from the rest at the upcoming Fall street festivals.

I meant to tell you that I have found it very helpful to have a piece of carpet, about 1' x 2', to stand on. If you're on grass or dirt, it keeps your shoes from getting wet or dirty. If you're on concrete or asphalt, it provides a much-needed cushion if you're going to be on your feet for 5 or 6 hours.

You can get a good roll-up carpet for about $6 in a sporting-goods store. You could also try to get an obsolete carpet square sample from a carpet store (it's free, but it won't roll up). Either way, your feet will definitely thank you! SETH
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Well, I took the plunge today and ordered myself a 2' x 8' banner from Bill's source, it should be here in a couple of days. I splurged and went for a two-color job (red and black on white vinyl), which cost an extra $15, but it should look pretty snappy.

Between the pennants and the banner, I should stand out pretty good on the Fall street festivals, it seemed like a good investment. Thanks, Bill, for sharing the info on this. I had poked around the Web for banners, but most other sites were more complicated to use and/or more expensive.

With the economy in the tank, I've only got three street fairs booked in September, as some of my other regular stops have decided not to run this year. But these three shows should be big ones, and I want to make the most of them. No kids are walking past my booth without stopping and getting a Svengali Deck! SETH
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Hey Don, thanks for the complement on my joint, coming from you it means a lot. As I've said before, all I did was copy ideas from your joint and apply them to the EZ-Up I already had.

Seth, I was happy with my banners and pennants so hopefully you will be too.
By the way,thanks for the tip on getting some carpet to stand on. I plan on setting up at a couple of large flea markets in my area in the next couple of weeks I'll pick up a piece of carpet.
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Bill, just received my 2' x 8' banner from HalfPriceBanners.com, and I was very pleased with it. Only time will tell how it holds up to the elements, but it looks pretty substantial.

As a matter of fact, I just ordered another one, a 3' x 6' banner, for inside work. On this one, I used two colors (red and black) and also added a graphic (a deck of cards), which was an extra $5 charge. The banner still came in under $100, including shipping, which seemed pretty good to me.

I've got my first Fall street fair coming up next weekend, so I'll get a chance to trot out the big banner and the pennants, and see how they work out. Thanks again for the source info, it was very helpful. SETH
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Seth,and everybody with a banner

Be sure to "roll" your new banner up to store it.I hope it came with a tube to keep it in.If not,go buy a piece of PVC pipe to use as a tube to store it in.

You can glue a solid cap on one end,than get a threaded piece for the other end and a cap with threads so you can screw it on and off.It really keeps your banner looking like new for a long long time.( and its cheap to put together)

Just a little tip.

Later,Don
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