Wired Orchid Craft Show Booth/Shutters Only

by Lorraine/WiredOrchid.
(Delray Beach, FL )

Here are some closeup photos of my craft booth I posted about previously.

A shutter slat was removed in the same spot on each panel so boards can slide through and act as a flat surface for more displays.

(Important: the shutters were turned UPSIDE DOWN, so the slats face upward.)

See even more of  Lorraine’s Craft Show Booth

Lorraine Vogel
Wired Orchid

Comments:

Close up booth pictures
by: Anonymous

Lorraine,

THANK YOU!! This helps me so much to see more of your booth. Next weekend I am doing my first ever jewelry booth and loved yours. I will be starting off with some shorter ones for a table top, but I thought your booth was beautiful!!! Now I can see just how great it really is!!

Again thanks for sharing, it is so nice to have other artists share their experiences on what worked or not. THanks!!

Jerri

thank you!!!
by: Lynn W

Thanks so much for posting additional photos of your booth and answering our questions. I showed the main booth article & comments to my husband last night and even he agreed (he’s Mister Fussy Particular) that your booth display was very attractive & that I may want to use some of your shutter ideas. (And I promised he wouldn’t have to stain them!)

Thanks for being so generous in sharing your booth ideas with others.

Love-love-love this idea
by: Sally V

I think this display is stunning and I would be interested in creating something similar for myself. My question: do you anchor it against the wind in some way? Living in Kansas, we always have to factor in the wind at outdoor shows. Thanks!

How do you secure them?
by: Linda

Your booth idea looks great! I was wondering how you secure the shutters so they don’t fall over if knocked by a customer or by the wind. Love the shelves you added…do you secure those somehow to the shutters so they don’t slide out? Last but not least, when the shutters are angled (in order to stand) how do you keep the angle stationary? Do you have a bracket at the angle, do you tie them somehow at the proper angle, etc?

Thanks for sharing your idea!

Securing the booth
by: Anonymous

I too have a question on how you keep your customers or the wind from knocking over your display?
I had a display which was totally distroyed by the person next to my booth because he bumped into it big time when he was setting up his booth. Everything I had went on the floor; several pieces were broke…nice guy, he did pay for all the damage.
Don’t want to happen that to anyone else.

WOW!
by: Anonymous

I am so impressed with your display!! Absolutely gorgeous! It looks super professional and expensive!!!

Awesome – Question
by: Anonymous

I realized I added my wrong e-mail for additional comments. I couldn’t find a way to fix it so I’m adding this comment in hopes that I can add my new e-mail to see if get the comments.

Awesome Booth Design
by: Anonymous

You booth looks great! I might have to try and find some big shutters. I have a similar version on a much smaller scale for my booth. I use 2 small shutters hinged together and spray painted flat black to hang all my earrings on. They work really well and give height to the table.

Good hint with the slats too. I taped mine in the back to prevent them from opening. I learned that one the hard way.

Lovely display
by: Kathleen

I have studied your booth over and over again in order to use a variation for my craft booth. I sell bags and jewelry and we have been carting around heavy framed pegboard for years. Time for a change!

We went to the Habitat Store and bought 5 sets of hinged louvered doors for $15 each. We took off the handles and my husband took one slat out of the matching ones for inserting a shelf.

I just finished painting them all white as my booth is white, pink & black. The slats should work well for hanging both my purses and my jewelry. Can’t wait to see how it all looks set up.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful booth!

Kathleen’s booth
by: Lorraine/WiredOrchid

Congrats, Kathleen on scoring inexpensive shutters! Please post photos when your booth comes together. I’d love to see how it looks. Good luck with your future sales!

I love your display
by: Anonymous

I use a car to carry everything in. The table I have is heavy and hard to carry. I have two questions.

How do you anchor for windy days, and could you hinge the top and bottom to fit into a car?

So far I am still in the open but the windbreak would be helpful for the winter days.

Securing this booth
by: Lorraine/WiredOrchid

Thanks everyone for your kind comments!

It’s important to first make sure your tent is secure. We use really big pvc pipes filled with sand. My hubby screwed a big eye hook in the top and we secure it with bungie cord to the tent in all four corners.

The shutters are hinged. There are 2 sets of 4 shutters and 1 set of 6 shutters. They fold down accordion-style when transporting (a 2 person job…they’re heavy!). This helps secure them. We also have a latch hook at the top of the fronts where the sections meet to help make them line up correctly.

Along the back of the shutters, we have thinner pvc pipe, again filled with sand and eye hooks, which run along the bottom of the shutters in the back. The shutters are also secured to the weighted tent at the top. (I don’t show all the pieces here since this was a quick set up to take photos.)

And last, but not least are solid boards that run through a space in the shutters, created by taking out one slat in each panel (right above the center panel). We cut the boards to fit, once we had our configuration of the shutters figured out. These boards are heavy enough to stabilize the display and also give a flat surface for more displays.

Dimensions
by: Dawn

Lorraine I was curious about what your shutter dimensions are?? Are the 36 inch wide or less?
They are stunning.

Shutter door jewelry display
by: DeVigniDesigns

This is such a fantastic idea. It looks elegant and professional. Great for home party sales!

Shutter panel size
by: Lorraine/WiredOrchid

Dawn, the shutter panels are each 18” wide.

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  • Kathleen says:

    Hi Lorraine,
    Recently I set up for my 1st craft fair of 2012, inside, using one wall of the bifold door system.

    I think if makes for a more professional look and I received numerous compliments. It is so much easier to set-up then our old, heavy pegboard sections. We just secure the doors together with the white plastic ties.

    Here is a link to the picture of my wall of purses. I am not sure if this picture will show up or not, but here goes –
    Thanks for your inspiration! I plan to continue to add to my walls as I am able to find more doors.

    Kathleen
    Gray Mountain Purse-A-Nalities

  • Iris says:

    Hi! I love your display and do jewelry myself. I am always looking for ways to improve my display and have a set of shutters that I got at Goodwill. What is the best way to get a slat out to slip a board thru to make a shelf? I tried on a small set and the side kept coming loose and ALL the slats fell out!! Thanks for you help! Iris.

  • Pam says:

    Where did you purchase your shutters/louvered closet doors?

  • Linda says:

    I think this is the most attractive easy to make display I have ever seen. I have used shutters before but as shelves. Now I am scurrying around looking for my old shutters in the garage and trying to put the slats back in (not an easy job). Lorraine, I also live in Florida so maybe we’ll bump into each other at a show and compare displays! Thank you for opening my eyes! Fabulous idea and display!

  • Henrietta says:

    Lorraine, may I ask where you got your shutters – are they new or repurposed? I’m just getting started with craft shows and need to watch my budget!

  • Kathleen says:

    Lorraine
    Love your display. I have a very similar booth, in that I have been using full size shutters for my displays for the last year, but on a smaller scale as I only use two full size displays of four panels each. I also use smaller size plastic shutters that sit on my tables and are also secured at the top to my tent. My questions to you is have you experienced any problems in rainy weather with water damage to the bottom of shutters that sit on the ground.

  • LaShawnda says:

    I love this display. I already use 4 panel table top for my display. I am going to create large ones similar to your for my craft booth. I do have a question. What did you use to make the shelves?

  • Peggy says:

    Lorraine, can you post some pictures of the back of the shutters and how you used the pvc pipe to weight them down on the bottoms??

  • Nicole Harry says:

    Thank you sooooo much!!! You are so awesome for sharing this!! This is beautiful and I loooooove it!! Very very creative and easy!!! Thank you!!

  • Elaine King says:

    I love this practical and beautiful idea; the shutters, the color, the booth, the entire look.!!!!! ( the jewelry is also stunning) After reading some of the other comments and concerns for stability, I wonder if you could add another board. Remove the bottom slat just above the ground, slide in a board parallel to the center shelf. I think it would give additional stability, as well as offering another surface for display.

  • Jennifer says:

    Love this display. How did you attach the necklaces and earrings to the shutters? It looks like you have a black cardboard behind them both. I hope you can share the jewelry display ideas as well.

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