AngelaSasser's avatar
Artist Alley Table Part 1
By AngelaSasser   |   Watch
130 59 17K (2 Today)
Published: May 5, 2010
© 2010 - 2019 AngelaSasser
EDIT: My table has now LEVELED UP!


This photo of me recently ended up on 4chan which reminded me to post it here as well (for those who missed my blog entry on the matter). This was my table at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009.

Excerpt from Evolution of an Artist's Alley Table:

<div align="center">The Elements of an Artist's Alley Table
1. One Sleep Deprived Artist - Complete with circles under the eyes and friendly smile. Customers like to see the artist at the table so they can talk to you personally and maybe watch you while you're working on a project. People like to be close to that creative flow and are generally curious about 'the life'. ($100,000,000 or 100 steak dinners)

2. Professionaly Printed Vinyl Banner - Printed at my local sign shop by my wonderful brother over at Graphic Signs Atlanta. I chose vinyl because it can take abuse and weather the elements. It's guaranteed to last longer than a paper sign. (FREE, generally $6 per square foot)

3. Backdrop Display - This is actually a piece of photography equipment called a backdrop kit. The poles break down and it comes with a handy carrying case to store it all in. It is relatively lightweight. I generally use this set for my stock photography needs. Bought from eBay. I've seen others do a cheaper method by using pvc pipes, pvc joints, and c-clamps ($85)

4. Jewelry Stand - My dad made this wood stand ages ago and I stole it from my parents' bedroom. You can buy cute tree style stands from eBay for pretty low prices. Having a stand for necklaces helps draw in the crowd with more visibility for your shinies. (FREE, generally $25 for a nice one, less for a wire one)

5. Small Prints - I like to have these out for folks who don't have a large budget for buying the larger pieces. At only $5 a pop, they're a colorful way to help fill up empty space on the table and provide a low end price option.

6. 3 Tiered Magazine Display - Purchased from displays2go.com. Instead of magazines, I put in matted prints. People enjoyed rifling through it, but I want to invest in one with deeper compartments with more room for people to flip through. ($30)

7. Greeting Card Rotating Rack - Purchased from displays2go.com. I used this to display matted 4x6 prints and unmatted 5x7s which fit snuggly in the slots. It's amazing how a rack like this can give your work a more professional feel. This is pretty lightweight for transport, if a bit bulky. ($35)

8. Canvas Bin - Purchased at Big Lots. I used this to display more large prints to rifle through for those who wanted something a little more beefy than the 5x7's. ($15)

9. Cube Grid Walls - Another item that was donated to me. These grid walls were a lifesaver for making my display project upwards more. They stack easily when broken down and give you plenty of space to play with as far as hanging art. I had only 6 cubes, but imagine what you could do with more! (FREE, generally $16 for 6 cube set)

<div align="center">What am I missing?
Display Portfolio - I didn't have it out in this photo, but I had a portfolio of my best work laying out on the table housed in an Itoya notebook with a custom printed spine. ($8)
Image size
800x600px 106.95 KB
Comments59
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
ruiruicchihere's avatar
ruiruicchihereHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so, so , sooo much for this! I know some of the names, but also didn't know the others as well! Thank you for giving us information about the name! My booth preparation is almost complete with your useful information! :D

//a lot of artist post their photo of their booth display table but didn't give us the name of the display stuffs so it kinda hard to look them up on shopping mart / online shop ORZ

BTW TABLE BOOTH ON ANOTHER COUNTRY IS SO FRICKING BIG OAO)" I ENVY YOU ;;;;
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Excellent! I'm glad the names are helpful.  I had the problem of not knowing what keywords to look up to find things so I am glad I could help in that respect!  I need to do another one of these soon.  My display is always evolving!  Best of luck to you with your shows.:)
gallegosart-com's avatar
gallegosart-comProfessional Traditional Artist
Hi Angela! Thanks for the awesome breakdown here. I was looking for horizontal banner options and saw your setup, which you then switched to the vertical pull-out banner type. Was curious why the change--vertical is pretty standard these days but often hard to see versus a larger prominent horizontal.

As well, when you did the horizontal, did you just wrap the edges of your vinyl banner and double-stick it?

Hope you have a chance to reply and hope to see you on the road sometime!
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Heya!  I switched to the vertical banner because it's much more easy to transport.  The backdrop pipes you see holding up the horizontal banner have a huuge footprint when set up due to the tripod style feet they have.  The backdrop set also is not terribly small. Even when it is collapsed, it is basically a long set of poles, while the vertical banner is a nice contained metal roll with tidy small legs that are flat and don't take up so much space on the floor.  When collapsed, the verticle banner's legs can be slid to be hidden by the main base.

I might switch to a vertical banner on my backdrop display now that I have carpet walls. I just need to find some attachments that will hold the sign up on the top, though the vertical sign still works just as well and I like how low maintenance it is.  You just roll it out and set the pole up!
gallegosart-com's avatar
gallegosart-comProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the response! I have a set of ProPanels, and there is a banner extension that goes above but only 8" so allows for a short but wide banner (lettering mostly, I imagine).

Some shows don't work so well for ProPanels (or I have to fly to) so was checking things out for more portable solutions.

Keep up the great work!
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
I really do need to get some of those attachments!  And yeah the vertical stands would be perfect for suitcase shows.  See you on the path, maybe!  Good luck with your events as well.:)
SamLesCreations's avatar
SamLesCreationsStudent General Artist
Ooohhhh i saw this image on a google search and it helped me create a nice set up for my last table!
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Yay so glad it helped you!  There are some follow up posts for it too, if it gives you any other ideas:  
themuseslibrary.blogspot.com/s…

Best luck with your shows!
SamLesCreations's avatar
SamLesCreationsStudent General Artist
Yeeessss thank you :D
frozenwilds's avatar
frozenwildsHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great display, and very helpful information.  Thanks for sharing!
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Glad it helped! :)
Evanira's avatar
EvaniraProfessional Traditional Artist
Hey, I just started going to cons, this was really helpful for me! Thanks for posting this!
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Awesome!  Glad this was helpful and best of luck to you with your cons!
Evanira's avatar
EvaniraProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
KawaiiMcGotes's avatar
Lord bless you for this. Thank you. :D
ploosnar's avatar
ploosnarProfessional General Artist
So helpful! Thank you :)
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Glad to hear this was useful! I need to make an updated post about my latest setup sometime.:)
Ksymozy1's avatar
Ksymozy1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. 7 is exactly what I need. Have you seen it anywhere like office supply maybe?
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Sadly I haven't found that rack anywhere else but online.  If you happen to, do share where you found it!  I can maybe see it popping up at some place like Sam's Club.
Ksymozy1's avatar
Ksymozy1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a good idea.
I'm looking for stuff for the AWA artist alley
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Awesome. That was the very first show I ever did.:) It's a great place to start if you're new to artist alleys.  Best of luck at the con!
Ksymozy1's avatar
Ksymozy1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.
Yeah I went for the first time last year. Everything was so cool.i thought of doing greeting cards 
Where should I have them printed?
I'm also gonna do some 8x10 prints
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Overnightprints.com and zazzle.com (and DA's print shop too!) make folded greeting cards.  In fact, I used to buy from my own DA print shop all the time until I was able to afford to buy more in bulk from other places.  Before I bought a printer to make my own prints, I used iprintfromhome.com for my 8x10's  Should you happen to join, feel free to use my name 'Angela Sasser' as a referrer and it'll net us both some print credits.:)  I still use them when I buy in bulk as well. They're an excellent service!  Best of luck!
Ksymozy1's avatar
Ksymozy1Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The iprintfromhome thing sounds awesome. And sounds way cheaper.
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
©2019 DeviantArt
All Rights reserved