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Festival Tips - Multi Use Bucket

A while back I wrote this article about my tent weights.  One reader commented about bringing empty buckets then filling them with water at the show.  I thought this was a great idea and since the weather had gotten so windy for the Dogwood Festival (I didn't show there so I was not effected) last weekend I decided to bring a bucket or two to Inman Park along with my usual tent weights.

Festival Bucket
The only bucket that would fit in my truck was this repurposed cat litter bucket.  I don't even have a cat, go figure.  Anyway, the weather was beautiful with just a slight breeze so I hid the bucket behind the tent, which also happened to be near a sidewalk that was often used by the festival goers.

When I looked in the bucket on Saturday afternoon I saw that people were using it as a trash can.  I thought, "I can do that too" and did the same with my trash during the show then just emptied the entire thing into the nearest trash can when the show was over.  It actually made things convenient for me and kept the area around my booth nice and clean.  If the wind had picked up I could have dumped the trash when I was going to get water so that would not have been an issue either.

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  1. Some will SELL this idea.

    This is USA !!!

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  2. Ha! That's fine, as long as people are not littering.

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  3. those kitty litter buckets are very handy! I read somewhere about a craftperson using milk jugs filled with water as tent weights. The only problem was that they were on the street and sharp rocks punctured the thin milk carton. Evidently their weights didn't last too long.
    Kitty litter buckets are a much stronger choice!

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    1. They are handy Michele, I use them for a number of things around the studio.
      I tried the milk carton idea for my first show, it was really windy and they didn't do much of anything because they are really light. It's going to take more than 4 gallons of water to hold down an entire tent, but the large bucket and the cement weights should do the trick most of the time.

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  4. I know, back to BAD behavior at fairs: I have had people not say a thing, but step behind me and toss their trash in my bag of bags (for customer purchases).....so you are tolling with it, and making lemonade out of lemons :)

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    1. Yikes Gary, that's not happened to me (knocking wood here). What an inconsiderate thing to do.

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  5. We're using dumb bells as weights, but I've seen those pvc concrete filled weights used a lot here in Florida where we get a lot of wind, we figured the pvc would roll around in the car and the dumb bells wouldn't. Anything too heavy is just too much for us anymore, not to mention the pottery is heavy too.

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    1. I see a lot of people use dumbells. I think the bucket idea is good because you can store stuff in them while traveling and you can fill them with as much or as little water as you need. If you use water jugs to fill the buckets you may make several trips but you'll carry less weight each trip. You just have to know that you can get water.

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  6. you would not believe what we have found along our driveway from folks who come out to pottery shop. I can tell you that some of it is not pleasant.
    Then again there are the folks who hand us a bottle of wine they don't want to travel back home with......

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  7. All kinds of people come to these events, as long as the good outshine the others it's alright. Of course nobody has given me a bottle of wine yet but I did get a jar of home made pickled peppers from one customer.

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