When you get a vendor tent from Vispronet, you get a number of benefits that other tent companies just don’t offer, including:
- Tents in a number of sizes, including 10x10, 10x15, 20x20, and more
- Steel or aluminum tent frames
- High quality polyester fabric that is UV, water, and scratch resistant
- Custom dye-sublimation printing on all non-stock tents
- Optional accessories like side walls or awnings
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Uses For Our Vendor Booth Tents
Our customers have used our vendor booth tents at a wide variety of events. Here’s just a sample of the different places our customers have used our custom vendor tents:
- Arts and crafts fairs
- Culinary shows and food festivals
- Trade shows
- Conventions and conferences
- Music festivals
- Sporting events
- And more!
When it comes to buying a vendor tent, especially for an event like an outdoor market, there’s some things you should know before you even start looking.
Vendor tents are an excellent way to get your company’s brand out in front of customers. Not only do they give your employees and customers shelter from sun, wind and rain, but they also give your company maximum visibility for a minimum spend.
Tips for Buying Commercial Vendor Tents
The first thing you should do is develop a budget. Before you can properly decide what kind of vendor tents, however, you have to know how much marketing you’re going to be doing at things like craft shows, farmer’s markets and the like.
If you’re not going to shows very often — say, every three to six months or less, then you don’t need a tent that’s super involved or super heavy-duty: our basic 10x10 pop up tent features a commercial grade steel frame, high quality custom print polyester canopy and optional side walls for added advertising space.
For those vendors that go to every single trade show, craft show or event available for their niche, we recommend one of our deluxe pop up canopy tent frames. These tents come with a commercial grade aluminum frame, a high quality, custom printed tent canopy and optional side walls.
Once you have an idea of what kind of tent you need, there are other things to take into consideration.
1. How Easy Is Assembly?
When it comes to looking for your next vendor tent, one of the biggest things to look at is the ease of assembly. After all, you’re going to be hauling this tent to tons of different shows and events, so it makes no sense to buy a tent that you can’t assemble.
Thankfully, most tents nowadays come as a frame that is assembled by pulling the frame outward until it clicks into place. Once the frame is in place, the height of the legs can be raised or lowered as desired using attached levers.
One of the things that sets us apart from the competition is the fact that we use push-buttons instead -- no more caught fingers or smashed thumbs. No one wants to deal with that sort of thing when they’re trying to set up a display.
2. What Type of Frame? What Size?
When it comes to picking out a tent for you to use as a vendor tent, the first thing to look at is the frame. Get an aluminum or steel frame for your tent, if possible.
Because aluminum and steel frames are going to be the two types of frames that give you the most bang for your buck. Each frame is good for a separate use case:
- Aluminum is good if you’re looking for something that’s lightweight, yet sturdy. The lower weight compared to traditional tent frames makes it easy to maneuver or carry. And the commercial-grade aluminum construction means that it’s rust-resistant, too.
- Steel frames are good if you need a heavier frame for longer, prolonged outdoor use. While our steel frames are usually heavier than our aluminum ones, they’re still much lighter than other competing frames. Each of our steel frames is also painted or powder-coated to help keep it from rusting.
Sizing is another important aspect to consider when picking out which frame and canopy you would like for your tent. How much equipment or people do you plan to fit under your tent? Are there size restrictions at the event site?
3. What Canopy Material?
The quality of the fabric that makes up your tent’s canopy is probably one of the two most important things to look at when picking out a tent, aside from the quality of the frame.
Premium Polyester Fabric
Make sure that you’re getting a tent canopy that’s made of heavy, waterproof polyester. This will ensure that your tent is able to withstand sudden bursts of weather — something especially important if you’re selling handmade crafts or food, two things that don’t react very well to water.
If you’re planning to run any kind of food service out of your tent, one of the big things you need to keep a lookout for is fire resistance or flame retardance. Essentially, this is how well a material resists being lit on fire and then how well it keeps those flames from spreading if they’ve caught on the material — something that’s very important if you’re running a food service tent.
We’re glad to say that all of our tents come with fire-retardant polyester as standard for each of our canopies. Many companies choose to use nylon, especially for their outdoor canopies, but we have always and will always use polyester for our tent canopies.
4. Get The Best Printing Possible
When it comes to getting your tent canopies printed, you want to get the best print quality possible. Not only does this ensure that your artwork or graphics come out as crisp and clean as possible, but also prevents them from being damaged because of UV radiation, scratching, or other damage.
Keep a special lookout for companies that offer protection from UV radiation or scratch damage — many companies offer full–color, full imprint printing, but not all guarantee that the print will be safe from either of these.
Thanks to the dye sublimation printing process we use, not only can we guarantee that your print comes out looking crisp and clean, but we also offer tent canopies that are coated to ensure that they're scratchproof. All of our canopies are also rated for high lightfastness to provide the best UV protection possible.
5. Buy Multiple Prints
One of the biggest boons when it comes to buying a commercial tent like the ones we offer is the fact that the canopies are detachable — a trait that most easy-ups and instant canopies lack.
With the ability to swap out prints as necessary, getting multiple canopies is a no-brainer. Not only does it enable you to have graphics and artwork for multiple brands and product lines at once, but it also saves you money in the long run.
6. How Heavy Is The Tent?
When it comes to selecting your next vendor tent, one of the other things you need to look at is weight. After all, depending on the setup rules of the fair or show you’re attending, you might have to lug your tent from quite a far distance.
Depending on what size tent you’re getting or where you get your tent frame from, you might be dealing with a tent frame and canopy combo that weighs over 100lbs — not something you want to haul from your car to your booth space.
- Your canopy needs to be made out of commercial-grade material. A lot of companies will try to sell their customers on nylon tent canopies, especially for outdoor use. Don’t fall for it. If you’re looking to get a heavy-duty, long-lasting tent canopy, you need to find one that’s made from polyester.
- Check for weather resistance. Not all tent canopies are built to stand up to the weather, even if they’re advertised as being for outdoor use. Make sure you’re getting a canopy that’s waterproof -- otherwise the accumulated water damage can cause the canopy to tear, potentially soaking your products or your customers.
- Get something flame-retardant, if possible. Flame retardant or resistant tents are usable in all occasions -- whether you’re acting as food vendor and serving to your clients or you’re just around people who are, having a tent canopy and side walls that are flame-retardant or resistant is a great way to help prevent disasters or other unplanned occurrences.
7. Transporting Your Vendor Canopy Tent
If you’re just one person and and you have no one else to help you, you probably don’t want to haul something around that’s over 100lbs -- it’ll just tire you out for when you have to set the tent up later.
Also, look for tent companies that offer carrying cases as accessories for their tents. Not only do we offer carrying cases for our tent frames, but we also offer carrying cases for the canopy and optional walls, as well. We offer carry bags with simple straps or with wheels -- use either one depending on how far you need to carry your tent.
8. Do You Require Side Walls?
We offer optional side walls for all of our tents, but whether or not you need them is something you have to ask yourself when it comes time to pick out accessories for your vendor tent. Getting side walls for your tent can have a number of benefits:
- Protection from the elements. Just like your canopy protects you from above, having side walls can help keep wind and rain from blasting in through the sides or the back of your tent. Craft show tents and food tents really benefit from having at least one side wall.
- Booth separation. If you want people to be focused on your business and products alone, then having side walls makes it easier for them to focus on just what you’ve put in front of them as opposed to looking out at other people’s booths through the open sides.
- More privacy. A back wall can also be used to hide empty stock boxes or your cash box, keeping your tent display looking neat and clean and keeping your money away from prying hands and wandering eyes.
- Added display space. Having the added display space from the side and back walls means that you can print more designs on the extra space, and push tables or shelves up against the wall without worrying about them being damaged by the weather.
- Custom tent layouts. The ability to choose between half and full sidewalls means that you can set up a custom layout for your tent. Let light in using full wall with a window, or create a little service station by setting up a trade show table behind a half wall.
- Professional-looking appearance. Adding sidewalls to your tent can give it a much more formal, professional appearance—a huge benefit when you’re trying to stand out from a crowd of similar-looking tents.
9. Prepare For Both Indoor And Outdoor Usage With Tent Weights
Having a set of weights is essential if you use your tent in an area where you can't stake it down — either because you don't have permission or because the ground just doesn't support it — especially common in areas like beaches.
Many craft shows and fairs take place on city streets. You can't really stake your tent down here — even if you had the time, the city might object. When you find yourself going to more and more of these events, that's when you should consider getting a set of tent weights.
There are a number of different ways to secure your tent legs, such as:
- Base plates: These are the some of the most popular weights we sell. They're also the easiest to use — attach them over your tent legs to secure them in place, no extra steps required. We have three different sizes of weights available: 11 pounds, 22 pounds and 44 pounds.
- Sandbag weights: Our sandbag weights are a little different from regular sandbags. These bags can be filled with sand, zippered closed and then clipped together around your tent, providing a tighter, more secure fit than regular sandbags do. All of our canopy sandbags are made from black polyester.
- Water weight containers: Our water weights are made from heavy-duty plastic and can be filled with water to create weights of up to 22 pounds. Each of these containers has a cross-shaped slot cut into the center to allow the tent leg to lock into place, preventing it from moving.
10. Pick The Right Accessories
When it comes to building a great outdoor vendor tent, one of the biggest things you can do is to add to your tent to really tie the whole thing together. Common accessories that we see our customers get include side walls and tent flooring, which are great additions to any tent.
Side walls allow you to enclose your tent and give your customers a little security and privacy while they browse your products. Or add a tent wall with doors, windows or both to split a larger tent into two, three or even four separate spaces -- a perfect way to turn a vendor tent into a trade show booth with almost no effort.
Getting tent flooring for your tent is another good idea. Tent flooring gives your customers a place to stand that’s not likely to get wet or slippery. Our tent flooring is designed to be waterproof and freezeproof, meaning it’s one less variable you have to deal with when setting up your tent as part of a trade show booth. Portable flooring is common in numerous different styles including art, food, and craft show tents.
In addition to these two items, other great tent accessories include table covers or runners for your merchandise tables, roll up banners to display more information for your customers, and a tent awning or two to keep the rain off your customers’ heads as they duck into your tent.
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