Last week we mentioned how we were spending some time giving Ye Olde Meatbagz Booth a fresh face. It’s been awhile since we really and truly looked at it, and while the old design worked on a number of levels, we had outgrown it and needed a cheap (and easy) new set up.
Here’s one version of the booth set up. As you can see, we had reached the point where we had some issues that we wanted to remedy: Our banner, which was originally a table skirt, wasn’t the most professional thing we’ve seen in our lives. While we enjoy burlap as much as the next person, we were ready to take the next step. We discovered that, upon reflection, we didn’t really need a table at all-in fact, the main use was to hide bins and our cash box. Our bags look best hanging, and really lose something when they’re just laying flat. So that needed to be sacrificed. And our shutter screens, which worked so well the first few shows as our primary display space, had gotten to the point where they were just bulky and cluttered looking. Bella, our Meatbagz model, is still awesome, though, and her pink tutu and come hither crown attracts more customers than she’ll ever admit. She stays.
First step: Our new eye catching and totally awesome banner. We decided that we wanted to do something a little different than normal (surprised?) and went for a vertical banner instead of the classic horizontal across the tent top. We had a grommet kit already and Kate’s super handy with a hammer, so that saved us some bucks. It’s already better than our patched burlap, even though the ink they use stinks and kind of smells like a dead animal. Don’t worry, we’ve been through this before: a little airing out and people won’t think we’re actually selling bags made out of rotting meat.
Step two: Since the bagz look best hanging, we wanted to optimize our space for just that. Hooks, stands, and hangers would have worked against us since we wanted a cleaner, less cluttered look. Enter a trip to our local home improvement store, where we bought two rolls of reed fencing from the garden department. Trimmed to size, zip tied to the tent poles, and a little adjustment later, we have display space up the wazoo…and it looks pretty neat, too. Add a set of our original shutter screens in the corner and suddenly we’re looking like we know what we’re doing.
Step three: We are digging the cleaner lines of the set up so far, but hey, we’re still Meatbagz, people, so obviously we needed a little of that Meatbagz je ne sais quois. Kate had grand visions of a crystal chandelier hanging from the center of the tent, cheerily twinkling in the “Pyramid of Power” triangle window in the roof, but since neither one of us had a spare chandelier lying around we had to improvise. So we dug up an old brass bird cage covered in glittered butterflies to hang there instead (obviously). We’re going to put a crown in it with a battery operated LED light in the center, which we can turn on if the day is over cast (since most of our outdoor shows don’t have power hook ups) and it will make our booth a little funkier and a little more inviting.
Step four: Check it. Our newly designed booth, looking impressively professional and-just as importantly-still super easy to set up and tear down. Our bagz hang quickly and securely using S hooks, our banner gives a solid first impression, and we still have storage space for empty bins and extra bagz behind our remaining shutter screen. We’ve got our bulkier bags in our vintage Swiss wicker baskets, Bella’s still bringing interest while simultaneously modeling Meatbagz of different shapes and sizes, and we feel like we’ve got a good mix of funky and sophisticated. After all, folks, this ain’t no amateur hour-we’re here to sell Meatbagz, and sell Meatbagz we shall!