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