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    my partner makes cards & handpaints glass,working outdoor events is dificult due to the hazzard rain has on her products.

    can you recommend any good gazebos we could get so we can work outdoor events?
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  • #2
    I got a pop-up one off ebay for about £70 - a good sturdy one. There's no point in buyng a cheap one, the metal legs just fold up if the wind is too strong. To hold it steady in the wind, I bought some giant corkscrew pegs (really meant for tying a dog to) as they're better than the silly little pins that come with the gazebo. I also use ratchet straps rather than the strings provided. If possible, I also strap it to my van!
    Daesul

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    • #3
      We have a 3m size pop up one which gets two stalls in it and lots of room for all our other gubbins too. [We could get more stalls in there, but there's only two of us!] It has sides which are held on with velcro, one of which has 'windows' which help keep the inside nice and light. We hold it down with a bunch of tent pegs that we bought from Milletts, and which we bash in with a rubber mallet from the same place. We take a blue tarp [gazebo is blue] for a floor too. It's withstood squirrels jumping on the roof, and high winds at the top of a hill.

      It's taken us a while to get things exactly right, but we're happy with the set up we have now. All we need are more events....
      Heather
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      • #4
        There was another thread not long ago recommending good gazebos and entertaining us with disaster stories of the not so good ones. You can put 'gazebos' in the search box or it might be appearing at the bottom of the page.

        Anyway, following these good people's advice, I went for a pop up, steel, 3m square gazebo costing around £100.
        So far so good, in that it kept me dry and didn't blow away. It took some figuring out how to put it up, the cover seemed too tight and I thought it needed strength to do the last bit of popping but it needs cunning and coaxing. It's easier to put it up with 4 people, fine with 2 and it took some figuring out how to do it with one. I run round and round it easing each leg out bit by bit and end up very dizzy.
        The one thing I've come a cropper over was the weight of the thing. Maybe I should have gone for aluminium. I can just about manouver it on a trolley when I'm fit and well but I pulled a muscle in my back and was completely scuppered for a month. However I did discover I could walk it by making it rock on its feet and get it in and out of my van using see saw principles. Should I explain I'm a little old grandmother and wanted a market tent I could manage on my own?
        Read the reviews on the web before buying. I got my tent for a good price but customer support was none existant and I'm noticing one of the velcro ties is starting to rip off (The wind catches the side making it like a sail on a boat.) I'm going to have to do some patching and reinforcing already.

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        • #5
          Hi I have a pop up one,with sides.I also do cards,and if it rains,can be bad news.we thought it was weather proof,oh no.
          Well the main lot of rain did not come in,but it did let in a very fine mist.Now my OH has sprayed it to make it weather proof.(I HOPE)have not used it again in the rain.
          moni

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          • #6
            My pop-up one leaks too, although that turned out to be the least of my worries the other week.

            It blew away, knocking all my tables and stands over: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog...zebo-disaster/

            Yes, it was tent-pegged down, but I didn't use the guy ropes as I thought it wasn't very windy. Last time I'll do that!! You can apparently get leakproof ones, but I think you might pay a lot of money for them.
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            • #7
              Selling soap, I need to have a waterproof gazebo. Often at a 2-3 day event it has to be left in the middle of a field all set up.

              Our single gazebos come from http://countryseatsuk.co.uk/ fab customer service and you can get spare parts - our double gazebo we bought from http://www.galatent.co.uk/gala_shade_pro-50.asp again great customer service.

              Don't forget weights - you will need 13kg - 25kg for each leg - weights can often cost as much as the gazebo:-(

              You will also need ratchet tie downs to secure.

              Have fun

              Jane
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              • #8
                Thank you to all the replies on here as I am needing a decent gazebo too and didnt really know where to start with all the options x

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                • #9
                  I know gazebos are all modern an' all but I have to say my old fashioned metal framed market tent with either the rubbish plastic cover that came with it or my home made canvas cover doesn't go anywhere in the wind and does not leak. (I just can't put it up on my own, me being 5 feet tall, and it being 6....but my tall friend can do it.)

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                  • #10
                    Whereabouts is everyone's leaking as I've had my gazebo up in a downpour and the inside stayed dry?

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                    • #11
                      Mine did not leak,it was dry,but it did let in a wet mist,and with cards,that was not good.So that was nearly as bad for me as if it had.DAMP.
                      moni

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AnnieAnna View Post
                        Whereabouts is everyone's leaking as I've had my gazebo up in a downpour and the inside stayed dry?
                        mine leaked in from the central point at the apex. My new one has a screw thing over the top of the central bit so maybe it will be better. We'll see.

                        If I decide to do a lot more outdoor events, I may invest in a more expensive one. The galatents ones look good.
                        digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                        blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                        hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                        blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wendy View Post
                          mine leaked in from the central point at the apex. My new one has a screw thing over the top of the central bit so maybe it will be better. We'll see.

                          If I decide to do a lot more outdoor events, I may invest in a more expensive one. The galatents ones look good.
                          I'd love to have a Gala Tent but it won't fit in our car!! That is a problem with lots of the pop-up ones too - just too big when folded down...
                          Ali x

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