Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Build A Cheap Pedestal Table for Jewelry Booth in Art Shows

First of all, I want to thank Robin Ragsdale for the idea of using plastic garage shelves as jewelry display tables. We are all familiar with the folding tables and probably have used them at one point but plastic shelves? Who would've thought? But they sure make a great display table that mimics the more expensive model by Armstrong. We're talking about $50 vs $200 a table here.

This set up won me Best Newcomer award at Springfield, IL Edwards Place Fine Art Fair in 2014. 
Cha-ching!


Here's the list of what you need for making these jewelry display pedestal tables:

1. Plastic garage shelves. Approximately $30-35 for a 5-tier set (18" x 36" x 72"). I purchased 3 sets and those can make 4-5 sets of tables depends on whether you used a shelf at the bottom or not. $105.



2. Indoor/outdoor carpet or any fabric to your liking. I recommend heavyweight non-stretchy fabric. They wrap better and look nicer. These carpets I bought, each one could make 2 wraps (3' x 8') so I purchased 2 of them. $16.


3. Elastics and velcro if you use carpet like I did. I stapled the velcro to the elastic. Smooth side attached to the elastic and the catchy side on the carpet. I cut the 2" elastic about 1 foot each and stack 2 of them for stability and more holding power.




4. Edge glued pine board, 24" x 36", ($18 each) and I stained them. Alternatively, you can also use Ikea Linnmon tops but we didn't have Ikea nearby and I wanted a stained wood look instead of laminate tops.



Now for the actual set up, here's the step by step pictorial:

All stacked and (was) wrapped up with ratchet straps for easy carry.


3 sets of 5 tier plastic garage shelves could make 4 jewelry display tables with the bottom shelves attached or 5 tables with the bottom removed. Each makes a 36" tall table which is the perfect height for shows.


Carpet up next. Decided to use only 3 pedestal tables this time.


Stained wood tops are placed on top. Those trapezoids are bed risers turned upside down and used as display table risers.


Ta-da! Looking sharp, ain't it?! 
Photo above was from my 3rd show in December 2014.

I got so many compliments with this set up and they told me my booth looked very professional. Hard to believe it was only a second show for Popnicute. Thanks, Robin!


With approximately $200, the same amount of money of ONE Armstrong table, you get FOUR to FIVE professional looking tables. Great deal, I say! Even if you ever decided to quit doing shows, these shelves could be useful for storage :) None wasted, really.


This Silver Popnicute Heart was the star in both shows but it's still available. Any takers? ;)