How to Make a Booth at an NYC Street Fair

If you want New York City shoppers to see you, build an attractive booth.
If you want New York City shoppers to see you, build an attractive booth. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Build your booth at a New York City street fair and sell your wares. Sound easy? Well it can be, if you follow some simple guidelines for making your booth. New York City street fair goers have come to expect certain things from vendors, and you want to find a way to fit in while standing out. Though different products may require different setups, there are some booth basics you can follow to make sure you draw potential customers to your spot.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 pieces of 2-inch PVC pipe in 10 foot lengths
  • 8 three-way PVC corner fittings that accept 2-inch pipes
  • Three folding tables, 6 or 8 feet long.
  • Several sheets of 1/4-inch foam core board, as needed
  • Sturdy twine
  • "S" hooks, as needed

Set up three folding tables that are six to eight feet long. These will make up three sides of your booth. The back of your booth will remain open, with no table, so that you can load in your merchandise. New York City regulations allow you to drive a vehicle in and unload before the fair, but construct your booth for easy access from the rear, because you have to set up quickly before the fair starts.

Sturdy folding tables form the front and two sides of your booth.
Sturdy folding tables form the front and two sides of your booth. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Lay out 10 white PVC pipes in 10 foot lengths, and eight three-way corner fittings. Many New York City booths consist of metal framing, but you can start with PVC pipe to keep start-up expenses down.

Build your three-sided booth. Leave the front side open for your customers to enter the booth. Construct the sides by pushing the poles into the corner fittings, joining each three-way corner fitting to three PVC pipes. Make three large pipe squares that join together to form the sides and back of your booth. New York City shoppers have grown accustomed to walking into the booths to shop, so unlike fairs in other cities, you need to make the front of your booth accessible. Do not glue the pipes into the joints, because New York City regulations require you to dismantle the booth each night.

If your booth frame wobbles, lash it to the folding tables with twine and S hooks to secure it. Wind in New York City whips around the buildings, so make sure you have secured your booth to withstand gusts that the city frequently experiences.

Display your wares on the tables, but also hang some from the pole framework so passing throngs can see them. Depending on your product, you may want to hang some foam core board from your framework and then attach your products to that. Use foam core that is at least 1/4 inch thick, and attach it to the frame by punching holes in it and tying it to the poles with sturdy twine. Hang your products on "S" hooks. New York City crowds tend to be more packed than other cities, so plan on displays that can be seen above the heads of a throng.

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