Here is one of my tables at the Farmers’ Market.
In fair weather seasons I use table cloths and try to make an attractive display that will entice people to stop and have a boo.
But in the later fall and winter months this can be a disaster because, even with a roof overhead, the sides are open to the wind, rain, sleet, snow and whatever else wants to blow in. Socks can get wet, blown off the table or even fly across the parking lot.
For my Jazzy Sox, this is my weather solution: each bigger bin in the photo is a plastic under-bed storage bin. I’ve already taken the lids off in this picture, and they are sitting in the back of my truck, which is backed up to my space.
Inside each bin I’ve got 4 smaller ‘shoe box’ style plastic tubs that I got at Home Depot for a buck a piece. The lids are also already off in the photo.
In each small tub I can comfortably fit 5 – 6 pair of socks. Each pair of socks is in a plastic sleeve – I got a case of two sizes of these from a retail supply house.
So on one 6′ table I’ve got 96 pair of socks. I keep the extra socks in Rubbermaid tubs in the back of the truck so I can easily replenish the inventory quickly on the fly. To further simplify – everything in this particular set of bins is one price point, and then sorted by size within. I use additional sets of bins for other price points.
The best thing of this simple system is – if the ‘weather’ comes up as is usually does – without notice – I can cover everything securely in about 10 seconds – that is put the main lids on the under-bed bins. It also means when the sale is over I’m packed an outta there in no time at all.
With the individual plastic sleeves on each pair, I don’t even have to put the lids on if there is just a bit of drizzle or a few flakes of snow blowing through.
The purpose of the small inner tubs is to keep things easily organized. And even if I drop a big bin, the small inner lids will keep everything hunky dory.
I don’t think this would be a good display in a venue where my primary purpose was attracting new traffic or in an indoor sale, but for and existing client base, out doors, in Canada’s winter – perfect!