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Yesterday was the first time I was able to use my new "attention flags" at a Fall street festival. These flags are two-color nylon pennants, three feet long by two feet high, and they fly from four-foot long 3/4" PVC pipe sections that I attached to the legs of my tent with bungee cords. The pennants are very easy and quick to set up and take down, and VERY impressive in use.

I had been looking for something like this for a long time, and finally found a good source thanks to fellow Café' member Bill Beach, click HERE for more info.

At about $15 each, they are inexpensive attention-getters and really make your booth stand out. Yesterday, I was also besieged with requests from adjacent vendors, who wanted to know where I got them and how much they cost, so you know the pennants are a worthwhile investment.

Thanks again, Bill, for sharing this info. I can heartily recommend the pennants and also the company that sells them -- fast service and a good quality product. Give them a try, I think you'll be happy with the results. As Don Driver says, "No flash, no cash!" SETH
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Hey Seth, I'm glad you're happy with the flags. I was just trying to copy ideas from Don's joint when I found the flags and banners online. The least I can do is share a little information after all I've learned from you, Don, and others here on The Café.
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Seth,

You should buy a dozen and when a vender ask tell them you have them for $25 each.

Later,Don
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Seth,

You should buy a dozen and when a vender ask tell them you have them for $25 each.

Later,Don
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Don, this is why you are the master -- you're always one step ahead, always thinking outside of the box! Smile SETH
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I also wanted to say that if you do use 3/4" PVC pipe to fly the pennants, you should also buy the little rounded caps that fit over one end. This will provide a smooth surface for the inside top of the pennant to ride on, and will prevent it from chafing and fraying against the raw edge of the PVC pipe, which is a little sharp.

You could also do the same thing by filing a 45-degree angle into the top edge of the pipe, but I suspect that would be a messy and time-consunming job. Spend the extra 50 cents and get the cap instead! SETH
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BTW, I discovered that there are two different kinds of PVC pipe -- pressure and non-pressure (for drainage only). [Hey, I'm a magician, not a plumber!]

You want the pressure PVC pipe, which is about twice as thick and much stronger than the other kind. It comes in 10-foot lengths and runs about 25 cents a foot, which seems cheap to me. It also cuts very easily and neatly with a special hand-held PVC pipe cutter (only about $10 at Home Depot).

And when you need to glue PVC pipe, caps or connectors together, forget the "purple primer," which is very messy and will stain everything it touches, including you. I'm told that this stuff is only needed if you must have a watertight joint, which is not necessary in this case.

Ace Hardware sells a clear cleaner/prep solution for PVC pipe that works just as well; it cleans, smooths and softens up the pipe surface just fine, and evaporates quickly and cleanly. Just make sure you use it outdoors or in a well-ventilated area -- like the PVC cement, it is very volatile. SETH
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