Pop up Market Tents

Impact 10 x 10 Canopy Tent 

These pop-up market tents are great for farmer’s markets

I just replaced my old Impact one with this one….what a great price!

My old tent was also an Impact Tent – I had it for 12 years and took it to markets every summer – Farmer’s market from May to Sept, music festivals, and more.  Packing up during a storm someone came to help me and the tent leg got stuck and snapped,    So it was time to get a new one.  I never replaced the top in these years, but did have to spray with water repellent the last few years.

These tents are easy to put up and take down by yourself when on solid surfaces.  I find when I am on grass I can do it alone by walking the corners in, but it really is easier with someone to help.

Follow this link to get your Impact Pop-Up Canopy Tent

The storage bag has wheels making it easy to move.

The pocket on the front of the storage bag holds the canvas top, or if you buy sides they can be folded up and put in there as well.  Comes with spikes and a rope kit.

I would highly recommend this tent to anyone wanting to do markets.

easy to set up, great size 10 x 10, canvas UV-coated waterproof top.

Below are some other products from Impact Canopy – side walls, mesh walls, etc


A tent is a must for doing Farmer’s markets and other events.  For a soap business, it’s very important to keep the sun off your soap.  Exposing it to the sun can fade the color and cause soft oils like olive oil to oxidize giving your soap those dreaded Orange Spots also known as DOS.

I always try to get a spot where my tent will shade the soap.  The heat can also cause problems if you are selling lotions and creams.  Too hot and those can turn to liquid.

If the temperatures are scorching I take a cooler to put some products in.   I have also bought some nice reusable gel ice packs that I can put under the display to keep them cool.

These packs have been great!

Some of the pop-up tents also come with sides, which can be handy.  If I am doing an outdoor two or three-day market I always attach the sides and roll them up, this way I can pull them half down, or one side or the other, and then at the end of the day close the tent up.

Market Tent Side Walls

When I first got my tent the side walls were all solid, since I have seen some with windows, which can be really nice at events.  It brings the light in and you can also see through them.  With the solid walls, you are in your tent and don’t really see what’s going on around you.  Often at the two-day events, there will be music or other events that you can watch.

The tent walls below come in all kinds of colors and are really reasonable prices.  I’m pretty certain I am going to get a pair for next year’s markets.


SideWall for 10 x 10 Canopy Frame – 2 Pack 

Another option for side walls are screen.  They let the light in but not the direct sunlight and if it’s a hot day the breeze will come through.

Half Walls

Half walls are great, especially if you are storing your stock under tables.  The half walls will hide this giving you a nice clean look for the event.

These half-walls attach nicely to the poles and come in a variety of colors.

Sunwall two Half Walls  for 10 x 10 Market Tent

Canopy Weights – Tent Weight Bags

There are many different kinds of weight bags out there.  Some you fill with sand, others you can fill with water, weight plates, and others are made of concrete.

When I first started doing the markets, the only option was bags you fill with sand.  This year I will be upgrading.  Below are some of the options I will be considering.

The first one I am looking at is the Tent Weight Plates.  They are 27 lbs and I like how they lock around the canopy pole.

Tent weight plates – 27lb 4 pack 

These are a little more expensive than the sandbags, but they look to me to be easier to pack and easier to use.

The Bag Feet Drum is the second one I have looked at, these drums can be filled with sand or water.  Filling with water would make them light to pack and fill at the event.  The price is about the same as the weight plates. At the time of this writing that was $77.74


Bag Feet Drum – Fill with Water or Sand

The Weight Bags

This is what I am currently using and have been using for 15 years.  They work well, but after all this time the bags are wearing down and the sand is leaking out in a couple of them.

These bags are attached to a rope from your tent and hold the tent down.

These are relatively cheap to purchase with a price of 25.95 at the time of this writing, and they did last me 15 years.

Leg Weights for Pop-Up Canopy Tent

So there you have it.  A market tent will be one of the best investments you ever make especially if you are doing farmer’s markets and other outdoor events.

The choice of side walls varies between half, mesh, or full walls. What you choose will be determined by the type of event you are doing.  For overnight venues, I highly recommend the full side walls so you can close your tent up for the night.

The weights are a must even if you stake the legs down.  I have seen tents fly away on more than one occasion.  So make sure you are weighted down well.

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Soap Making Kits

If you are interested in making your own homemade soap but are not really sure if you are ready to jump into it.  Some really good soap-making kits can help you get started.

Making soap 

Making soap can be an expensive hobby, but if you want to turn it into a business it may not be so expensive.  I can attest to this.

I started out making soap for my own health, then started experimenting with adding color and essential oils, it got costly because the essential oils were so expensive to buy in small quantities.  It got to the point that I and a friend would order and split the costs.  Later she went on to open a soap-making store in our town and ordering bulk helped us both. Continue reading

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Soap Making Oils

Trying to decide what Soap Making Oils to use when creating a soap recipe can be confusing.  What and how much of each oil should I use?

Olive Oil

There are so many reasons and/or purposes for each of the oils used for making soap. Below you will find a list of the Pros and cons of some of the most used Oils and butter in soap making.

Pros and Cons of the best oil to make soap

When choosing oils for making soap different oils and fats will give your soap different properties.  Solid oils like palm, palm kernel, and coconut oil, and fats like lard and tallow will make a hard bar. Continue reading

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About Teresa

Hello and welcome to my site!

“Happy New Year!

This morning I realized it’s been a few years since I started this website and I thought it is probably time to update my about me page…..this was written a few years ago.  I guess that makes  20+ years of experience.  I don’t do the markets so much anymore, have slowed down and am just doing a few shows each year and a couple of stores.

I’m here to pass on some of my knowledge and recipes to the younger soapers that are starting and want to learn and get recipes from me ”  Jan 2023 Continue reading

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Soap Making Safety

When making soap one of the most important things to think about is Soap Making Safety

Everything Soapmaking Book

When making soap and using lye (sodium hydroxide) safety is a very important part of the soap-making process. Continue reading

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Bar Soap Packaging Supplies

Soap Boxes



There are many ways to label your soap; having soap in boxes is another way to present your craft.  These soap boxes are perfect for most soap sizes.

I have used the cigar label for years and I like it because you can see the colors or additives in your soap bar and potential customers can pick it up and smell it, but picking up and smelling it can be another issue.  Most people are pretty good about it and I don’t have all the soap out to smell but……

In today’s times with the coronavirus and really the flu or colds I have decided to put my soap in boxes.  I don’t really want people at the market to be picking up and smelling all the bars displayed and potentially leaving germs for someone else to pick up.

So now if you see me at the markets you will find that I have cut up small pieces of soap placed out for people to smell, hold and take home with them.  There are soaps on display but in limited quantities.

A bonus to putting soap in a box is that it looks professional and the boxes can be labeled or even written on if you are better than I at handwriting lol.

Here are a few soapboxes that I found online.  The prices are reasonable and there is a great variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. Continue reading

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The Flash Point of Soap Oils

Flash Point of soap oils

What is the flashpoint of oils

Flashpoint is the temperature at which a combustible or flammable substance will burn when it is exposed to a spark.

  • Flashpoint can be used as a rough measure of how volatile a flammable/combustible substance is, but it’s good to also note that not all volatile substances are flammable or combustible. Some soapers use the flashpoint to safely add fragrance or essential oils at or below the flashpoint. I don’t really pay much attention to that because once mixed with the soap it won’t burn and you shouldn’t be handling your fragrances around an open flame. When adding fragrance or essential oils to my soap the temperature is at 100.  The soap oils I never heat above 120 I have never had a problem and don’t soap make around open flames.For your knowledge here are a few flashpoints.

    Coconut Oil Flash Point is 450 degrees
    Olive Oil Flash Point is 468 degrees
    Canola Oil Flash Point is 400 degrees
    Castor Oil Flash Point is 392 degrees
    Lard Flash Point is 390 degrees

    So you see the oil would have to be heated to such a high temperature that it would surely take all the benefits of the oils away as well.  When making soap the oils should never reach these temperatures making soap making oils safe from becoming flammable.

    Essential Oils Flash Point

Angelica Root113° F
Anise200° F
Balsam – 200° F
Basil164° F
Bergamot125° F
Calendula200° F
Carrot Seed117° F
Cedar Leaf135° F
Cedarwood – 200° F
Chamomile – 127° F
Cinnamon  -190° F
Cinnamon Leaf – 190° F
Citronella – 170° F
Clove Bud – 200° F
Eucalyptus 80 / 85 – 118° F
Eucalyptus Lemon – 118° F
Frankincense104° F
Geranium Leaf185° F
Grapefruit Pink  – 142° F
Lavender156° F
Lemon – 110° F
Lemongrass160° F
Orange  – 110° F
Oregano145° F
Peppermint – 151° F
Rosemary110° F
Sage – 125° F
Spearmint122° F
Tea Tree134° F
Thyme  – 131° F

Looking at all the flashpoints you can pretty much make soap without worrying about them.

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Favorite Natural Baby Powder Recipe

I made a few different batches of baby powder when my first grandchild arrived in 2000.  Since then I have tweaked the recipe and will share with you my favorite natural baby powder recipe.

What is Baby Powder

First – What is in Baby Powder – it is a powder that is used to prevent and or treat diaper rash on baby bottoms.

For many years baby powder was made from talc which is a substance that is known to contain asbestos.  We all know that asbestos has been linked to cancer.  So we certainly don’t want to use Talc on our babies.

Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder was first introduced in 1893 and has since been one of the most used powders.

According to Wikipedia in 2016 more than 100 women in the US sued Johnson and Johnson for ignoring the possibility of cancer risks that were associated with its baby powder, then in May of 2020, they announced that they will no longer be using Talc in their baby powder. 

Also in 2020 Johnson and Johnson announced they would stop all talc sales worldwide by 2023 while at the same time maintaining that its talc-based baby powder is safe to use and does not contain asbestos.

Ingredients that are better for Baby Powder

There are other safer powders that can be used to make your own baby powder, some of the ingredients found in natural baby powder can be:

Here are some great natural baby powders

Burts Bees is a Natural Baby Powder that is recommended by Pediatricians.

The ingredients found in this Natural Powder are: zea mays (corn) starch, sodium bicarbonate, montmorillonite, bentonite, commiphora myrrha leaf cell extract, ulmus fulva bark powder, rosa centifolia flower extract, parfum (fragrance), limonene

A key ingredient in Burt’s bees Dusting Powder is Cornstarch also known as Zea Mays – it comes from the corn plant and is extremely versatile.  It acts as a natural moisture absorber and bulking agent.

Baby Powder Recipe

This recipe will make 7 cups of Baby Powder

What you will need to make this recipe:

You will need an 8 or larger cup mixing bowl or measuring cup – I use a 10-cup plastic one.  A wooden spoon or similar spoon to mix up the powder and a few shaker bottles.

This Baby Powder Recipe is simple to make.

Put 5 cups of Arrowroot Powder in the mixing bowl and slowly add the Zinc Oxide, White Clay, and mix well.

Once that is mixed up well add the Aloe Vera Extract and continue to mix until it is blended well.

Put into a container to use for baby or put into shaker bottles.

I used to sell a lot of this baby powder at Farmer’s Markets and Craft fairs.  I always had extra after making it for the grandchildren so would package up the extra powder into nice aluminum white shaker bottles and put a cute label on them.

This recipe makes 7 cups of baby powder which will last a long time.  If you don’t want that much just simply cut the recipe in half or quarter for the required amount.

I’m sure your baby or baby grandchild will be happy with this homemade product.

If you are looking for natural baby powder and don’t want to make it yourself here are some more suggestions for Natural BABY Powder.

Natures Paradise is a Talc-free, all-natural baby powder.  It has high ratings and is one of Amazon’s choice powders.

Natures Paradise Natures Paradise Baby Organic Coconut Baby Powder, 5.5 Ounce, 5.5 ounces

So Rad Vegan Baby Powder is 100 percent natural tested by Babies and Moms.

It is made with Lavender flowers, Cucumber and MarshmallowTalc Free, Paraben Free, Phthalates Free, GMO-Free

Ingredients are Corn Starch, Arrowroot Powder, Tapioca Starch, Eco-Cert, White Clay, Lavender Flower Powder, Marshmallow Root Powder, Oat Powder, Cucumber Extract, Bamboo extract, Lavender and tea tree essential oils.

So Rad Natural Body Care Baby Powder, 5 Ounce (142gm), White

It’s great to see Johnson and Johnson going natural this product is made with cornstarch, Aloe, and Vitamin E which will surely keep a baby’s delicate skin soft and comfortable.

  • Formulated for babies delicate skin
  • Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic

Johnson’s Baby Powder with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Cornstarch, 623g

Any of the above powders are great and don’t contain any harsh chemicals or other ingredients that you would not want to put on your baby.

Not Just for Babies

Baby powder is not only for babies but can be used by adults for things like:

  • Chafe-Free – baby powder dusted on the inner thighs helps to prevent chafing – it is often used by runners for this
  • Dusting legs with powder before having them waxed will help protect them against the burn that can come after waxing
  • It can be used as a deodorant as it absorbs sweat and will help to get rid of any odor
  • Add some tea tree and put in your running shoes or those hockey skates to keep them dry and odor free
  • I have not tried this one but have heard that sprinkling baby powder on your sheets will help keep them cool on a summer night as well as absorb any sweat.
  • Use baby powder to help slip on rubber gloves
  • Keep your pets smelling nice by sprinkling and rubbing in some baby powder – it will work as a dry shampoo for your pet.

Baby Butz Butt Paste Diaper Rash Ointment – Original – Contains 30% Zinc Oxide – Recommended by Pediatricians, Nurses, and Pharmacists – 4 Ounce

Baby Care

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Non Petroleum Jelly Recipe

Is Vaseline Safe for you Baby or would you prefer a non-petroleum Jelly?

Vaseline Healing Jelly for dry, cracked skin Original 100% pure petroleum jelly 375 g

The ingredients in Vaseline are 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly – which is White Petrolatum, USP.  Petrolatum is used In industry, as a lubricant for machinery. Where we use it to relieve diaper rash, soothe chapped lips and relieve dry skin.

The (EWG), which is a non-profit US organization doing environmental and safety studies, says that petrolatum is an ingredient in one of every 14 cosmetic products on the market, this includes some lipsticks and about 40 percent of baby lotions and oils. I wonder why I see products being listed as Petroleum Free?  Is it safe or not? Continue reading

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Excellent Benefits of Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil

The Oregano is growing like crazy and I’m ready to start harvesting it.

Oregano is one of my most used herbs, it is a very hardy plant that is easy to grow and has many uses. We live in a cold climate and my Oregano thrives here. The leaves can be dried, eaten raw, or soaked in oil for oregano benefits of health.

Oregano oil has been used for thousands of years for health benefits, traditionally it has been a great remedy for colds and flu, inflammation of the mouth and throat, upset stomachs, and respiratory problems.

Joy of the Mountains 100% Wild Organic Oregano Oil – 30 milliliter
The Chinese have used this herb to treat fever and itchy skin problems as well as diluting the oil for and using it externally for headaches, muscle, and joint pain as well as for stings and bites.

Oregano oil has become increasingly more known today as a natural remedy for colds and flu.

This herb has strong fungicidal, bactericidal, and antiseptic properties which are just a few of the health-improving properties this incredible herb has. Continue reading

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