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Artist Alley Table Part 1 by AngelaSasser Artist Alley Table Part 1 by 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)
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:iconruiruicchihere:
ruiruicchihere Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Hobbyist 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 ;;;;
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional 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.:)
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gallegosart-com Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional 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!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional 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!
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gallegosart-com Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional 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!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional 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.:)
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SamLesCreations Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Student General Artist
Ooohhhh i saw this image on a google search and it helped me create a nice set up for my last table!
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Professional 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!
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SamLesCreations Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Student General Artist
Yeeessss thank you :D
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frozenwilds Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great display, and very helpful information.  Thanks for sharing!
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
Glad it helped! :)
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Evanira Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, I just started going to cons, this was really helpful for me! Thanks for posting this!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
Awesome!  Glad this was helpful and best of luck to you with your cons!
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Evanira Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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KawaiiMcGotes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Lord bless you for this. Thank you. :D
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ploosnar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
So helpful! Thank you :)
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Glad to hear this was useful! I need to make an updated post about my latest setup sometime.:)
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Ksymozy1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much. 7 is exactly what I need. Have you seen it anywhere like office supply maybe?
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional 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.
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:iconksymozy1:
Ksymozy1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a good idea.
I'm looking for stuff for the AWA artist alley
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional 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!
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Ksymozy1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist 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
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional 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!
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Ksymozy1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The iprintfromhome thing sounds awesome. And sounds way cheaper.
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Ryoko-san18 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
May I ask where to buy those cube grid walls?? I can't find them anywhere :(
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I found mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond called 'storage cubes'.  I bet Walmart and Target have them as well.  Good luck!
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Ryoko-san18 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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LolitaPrincess94 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where did you buy that card display stand? (#7)

is there a place where I can buy it? Not online?
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure where you can buy it that's not online. I got mine from displays2go.com (the description has links to where I bought all of these display items :nod:)
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LolitaPrincess94 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay! Maybe I can look up on amazon.
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good luck! I bet Amazon does have it. Mine was specifically called a 'greeting card rack' because the pockets are 5x7 to fit greeting cards, if that helps.
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LolitaPrincess94 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okies!
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Yumix17 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
how dose one print to sell there copies at artist alley?
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I use an Epson Artisan wide format printer to produce my prints currently, but before I had this printer, I bought my prints in bulk from iprintfromhome.com If you join up there, be sure to use me (Angela Sasser) as your referrer.:)
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Yumix17 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you^^
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SiSero Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you are the absolute GREATEST person in the world for sharing such useful links with us!! :iconiloveyouplz: i was JUST about to throw a search for the rotating rack when i noticed...you were kind enough to share a link!! :heart: thank you for being so thoughtful, my dear :thanks: from one artist to another, you've saved me! LOL
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! Haa I know how long and hard I searched for the racks myself...so glad I can save others the trouble!
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psychosako Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh hey, i remember you! I was shoved into the tiny corner with Angel Jules Studios. I'm still kind of regretting not getting that blue and gold print of yours. :/
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aww well you may get a chance again this year! :D
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RoseNightshade Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
an incredibly helpful picture and explanation for other artists who sell at cons! thanks so much for posting this!!!! and LOL... number 1, yup... ain't that the truth. XD
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Groovy,glad it was useful! My display has evolved a bit since this one so I'll have to do an updated one sometime.:nod:
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melem Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Student General Artist
This was very helpful, thank you very much. I have seen those poles on all the best displays but I have no idea where to buy them. Do you know any other poles other than backdrop kits that people use... that are cheaper than $85? ><
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:iconangelasasser:
AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
You can buy the joiners and poles in segments at any hardware store (home depot/lowes/etc) and I bet they'd be cheaper than that! Good luck:)
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StrayFlame Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
very helpful for the first-timer *coughme* my table wont be as fancy, but it gives me an idea of how i wanna display my work. thanks for uploading!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Excellent! I hope your first show goes well:) Glad I could help out!
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Malbi88 Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
evil grin!
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beibaku-mae Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats so cool! You really have it set up quite nicely, looks very professional!
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Charlemaine Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Writer
that's a pretty decent-sized stall you got! it's got the width, height & dimension to really let your art make an impact.

so anyway did the stuff you sold manage to make the stall display expenses a worthy investment? the rotating holder is definitely a good idea. i think you might have put more jewelry on display though. then you'd have a nice display f 2D & 3D items.

oh & what abt those fabulous masks you occasionally make? did u hawk them at thsi convention too?
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Honestly I've only barely surpassed breaking even at most cons so far, but I haven't really done this seriously till very recently, so I suspect things will only get better as rep grows and presentation skills improve!

I've thought about selling masks at anime cons, but the one I go to has recently outlawed the trademarked ones and I'm not sure if people will be interested in my original creations or not. Nothing left to do but try eh? I may have the fan make masks out for display even if they aren't for sale this year! <_<
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Charlemaine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   Writer
hmm, bleedin' copyright nazis! they're everywhere now.

your original creations are pretty dang awesome & you should definitely put em for display just to test ppl's interest in them.

well, here's to moving beyond breaking even! it'll happen eventually. on behalf of all your watchers, we have faith in you =)

just for me, if i were to pass your stall the item i'd probly buy is the pendants. partly coz i dont really have good storage space or wall space for those lovely prints; & also coz i'm a sucker for those tile things. they look like candy, except that they're too exquisite to eat.

bets of all, it's like carrying the artist's personal touch around with you everywhere when u wear it.
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