The Folsom Renaissance Faire was a blast. I’ve been consistently impressed with the folks from Renaissance Productions all season and this Faire was probably my favorite of them all so far.
The Cap is not doing any more shows with me this year (gosh darn that need to earn a living) so I could not use our wooden market stall. It takes two people to set up, at minimum. One of those people must know how to use the power tools and how all the bits go together. Of the two of us, I am not that person. The alternative was the pop up that we use at non-Faire festivals.
One problem with using pop ups at Faire is that you have to disguise them in clever and crafty ways.
It’s a good thing that I am both clever and crafty.
So here are some important things that I learned when I was adapting the pop up for Faire.
1. When you dag a canvas wraparound (dags are the little scallops) that was 40 feet long to start, you are basically doubling the amount of hem around which you will have to painstakingly fold and iron those little bits of bias tape.
You might want to pack a snack.
2. Did I mention you’re ironing that shit on, with your iron set on “Wool”? Buy some band-aids and burn cream.
3. When doing interesting things at 3am with fabric, toxic chemicals, and a very hot iron, it’s more than likely that you will get more help than you need, whether you asked for it or not.
4. When the iron-on Velcro that was supposed to hold the roof and back wall of your booth together fails spectacularly, do not fall to the ground and sob hysterically. That’s what G-d made spring clamps for.
5. This remains true when the Velcro that (in theory) anchors the wraparound to the edges of your roof fabric also fails.
6. Spilled Fray-Check will inevitably wind up dried into clumps in the long-haired cat’s tail. You will probably never get it all out.
In the end it all worked out and I spent <$200 to get it all together, if you don’t count having to replace the iron and ironing board.
Not bad for $200 and a little elbow grease!