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Old 09-29-2003, 10:29 AM
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Question I have my show banner, but how do I hang it up?

I have my new banner for LJ Beadfest next month, but no idea how to hang it up so that it looks neat and clean in my booth, and for the booth next to me.

Do you use pins, or wire to suspend it from the pole/curtain wall?

The vinyl sign is 2' x 6' across, and has 5 grommets (one on each corners, plus one grommet in the center top). Here is a photo from LJ's website of the show last year, so you can see the pole/curtain dividers I will have to hang it from (I'm not up against a wall).

Any ideas? I'd sure appreciate it, so I can get the hanging hardware/materials early. Thanks! Val



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Old 09-29-2003, 10:45 AM
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Val, I don't have a good answer for you, but I LOVE your banner!

I'm sure regular tradeshow goers have better info than I.

I do have a question, how did you prepare your images for large format printing like that? I have made a goal to get setup for shows in the next few months, and this involves all the show trappings...and I am not sure how the images will "blow up".
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Old 09-29-2003, 10:49 AM
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Val - from your pic, I really can't tell how you would go about hanging it. But I have a question. Who did your banner. I want to order one myself and I'm afraid I am not going to have enough lead time. Although I think Kinko's could probably put something "stock" together for me. But I do have a design that I would like to utilize.

Thanks for your help. Sorry I can't help you!

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Old 09-29-2003, 11:03 AM
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Julie, Pat, This is the place where I got my banner made.

http://www.vinylbannersprinting.com/...inting_top.htm

They were wonderful to work with, and it only took 1 week. They gave all the spec's for how to make it on their site. I did it in Photoshop, (my first time in this program, I just followed the banner company's tutorial). It was the same price for 4 color as 1 color, so of course, I went with 4-color.

I sent the image via email, and they followed up with a phone call confirming they had it. They even take Paypal on-line.

Also learned later it was the same price for a 4'x8' banner as the 2'x6' banner I ordered, oh well! PM for price details. Pat, just a standard bead photo, set to the highest resolution I had. Of course if you look closely, you can see the pixels, but from a show-distance it's fine!

Thanks for the comments, and I know someone here can suggest how best to hang it. Val
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:13 AM
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Hi Val,

Your sign looks great!

Something I can help with here! I used to do a ton of show booth decorations for cooperate clients when I was in the special event business. You have a lot of different options here.

I usually used the cable tie method since it's fast and easy and you can pull those suckers pretty tight so your sign will hang straight and not wobbly or droopy.
I hate seeing droopy signs and I'm sure that you're fussier than I am!

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Get some thin cable ties from the hardware store and cable tie the grommets at the top of the sign to the post the booth curtain hangs on. (the thinner cable ties will thread easily through most of the show curtain fabric since it's a loose weave)


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You can thread fishing line through the curtain and the grommets, if you anchor your corners out to the end posts it will keep your sign nice and taut.

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You can bend wire into hooks that fit over the rod and through the grommets. Remember that the top rod in your booth will probably be 8 feet tall (that's the height most booths are anyway, once in a while you'll find a 12 foot tall pipe and drape but that's quite rare) I'm short so reaching was always a problem for me. I fell off a stool doing a booth installation in Las Vegas and spent most of the show in a wheelchair....don't try that!

I'm terrible at explaining things so hope some of this makes sense & helps you out.

To be certain whatever you do will go up quickly and easily at the show I'd practice it at home.
(I'm a big believer in doing a trial run of anything, especially since once you're there at the show you might not have the time or the supplies to wing it.
Thank goodness I'm out of the special event business!!
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:18 AM
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Val,
What a wonderful banner!!
Elegant!
When I have had to hang similar banners ( when I worked in the other realm) I used these plastic strip things. They are like the things police use for "mass" arrest. I did a quick look and only found this pic.
You can get them at most any hardware store and they work wonderfully.
Good luck.
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Val,
It looks like you got some good advice on the Banner hanging. I just wanted to chime in and say WOW what a beautiful banner. Thank you so much for the link.
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:35 AM
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Val, Lezlie had some great ideas, but I thought of one as I was reading. What about those metal shower curtain hooks, you know the ones like they have at a gym? They're larger and more rounded at the top (to go around the pole) and at the bottom of he circle they narrow & drop down (kind of like a big, closed in question mark).

I don't know if that helps or leaves you scratching your head.
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Old 09-29-2003, 11:52 AM
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Thank you Lezlie and Beth! Yes! Fred has tons of those little plastic ties here in everysize imaginable--I never thought of that! (note to self: don't fall off my stool )

Beth and Lori, thank you! Yes, I have some of those shower curtain metal hangers too--I didn't think of that either! You all are great and I'm taking all these things with me to the show.

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Hi Val,

Lots of times there is a "show" sign with your booth number and name already hung in your booth. I simply re-use the metal "S" type hooks that are holding this sign for my own banner. But it's also a good idea to have a backup like the plastic ties.

Another hint/note to self....don't stand on the metal foldup chairs while hanging banner. Not that I would EVER do that...nope not me. (leaves a nasty bruise on your knee and ego when it collapses on ya)

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The shower hooks could be very cool! I have some in my cubicle hanging over the tops of my fabric-covered bulletin boads. They have a nice spiral or daisy pattern on the front and I hang little ornaments, etc. from them to jazz up the joint. It was a good deal at Big Lots....like $4 for a set of 12, all in tones of lime, blue, purple, pink, teal. So many to schoose from....the right set could add a neat touch to your banner and cover the grommets.

Can't wait to see your booth & beads in person!
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This also brings up an interesting thought- I always bring duct tape OR masking tape and scissors (heavy duty) to shows, because when I don't.... I always need them. And for shows I drive to I also bring a step stool.

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Old 09-29-2003, 12:16 PM
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Val,
I'd also cart along some fishing line and a heavy duty needle. If the setup with the zip ties isn't taught enough for your taste or you need a little reinforcement, the fishingline could be sewn through the curtain and it wouldn't be obvious.

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Hey Val,

Can't help you on advise, but it looks like you got plenty.

I just wanted to say the sign is beautiful and classy (as usual). I wish you great sucess at the show.

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Lots of good advice here for hangy thingies.

I just wanted to add my congrats on a terrific-looking banner. Very professional and not "busy." You'll look mah-vel-ous, dahling!
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