Gun Show Table Covers - What's the favorite color?

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  1. hso

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    My preference would be oil cloth found in most fabric stores. Waterproof on one side and some type fabric or fuzzy on the other. It is available in a variety of colors, my choice would be a light to medium green or a medium blue. However I recently saw a dark wood grain that looked outstanding. Oil cloth is reasonably strong, wipes clean and I'm sure would last years with ordinary care.

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    Already Googled, but wanted our own experienced members opinions of what might be better than the billiards table felt I've been using for nearly 10 years since anyone can Google. :scrutiny:
     
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    What, no paisley lovers. Or a nice tweed.
     
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    I bought king size top sheets at the DAV. I think they were $3.
     
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    We've been using a sort of aged denim color blue tablecloth. Sets off both blued and stainless nicely in the typical high bay lights you find in big halls.
     
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    Patterns, whether paisley or Mossy Oak camo are the absolute worst backgrounds to use as a display. Small objects will disappear.
    If you just have to go with polka dots, Army digital camo or paisley.......get some place mats at WalMart and lay that on top of the table cloth. Place product on top of that.

    Whatever color or type of cloth you choose......does it convey the idea that your products are worth what you are asking?

    Several years ago I had a table next to a custom knife maker at Dallas Market Hall. His knives looked pretty, buffed to a high sheen, razor sharp, beautiful grips, nice craftsmanship.
    He was asking upwards of $300 for a 2.5"- 3"fixed blade, his 4"-6" blades over $600. Around twenty knives total lined up and not a price tag in sight. He didn't sell a one. He didn't use any table covering, just laying his knives on the bare table top.....a very used, beat to heck, dirty table top that is the reason you cover tables. He looked like he just came in from baling hay in the back 40.

    Perception is reality. The quick glance that people would give his table never caused many to look over, much less linger over his knives. At a gun show you have seconds to give a positive impression. I'm not saying a vendor needs to wear a business suit or hire booth bunnies......but think about what a successful salesman would look like. The first impression my buddy had was "must not be very good knives" based solely on his appearance and his table. Indifference to how you display your product reflects negatively on the perception of your product.

    No price tags? It wasn't because he forgot them, I offered him some if he needed them....."no, I want people to ask". Thats nuts. So, some random guy, with random unmarked homemade knives of unknown materials and not even a sign or business cards or a sign saying "POR" (Price On Request). Which really means Price Overly Ridiculous and buyers pass on by. Could you come up with a better recipe for not selling anything?
     
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    I have used green or red felt in the past, but think I will get an inexpensive fleece throw next time. Light brown or natural color that contrasts well with wares. I also bring a small table to put under the display table for tags and gear not for sale.
     
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    Don't use black because it makes black knives and guns disappear. Marketing folks say to never use black and red because it makes it harder to see the product and wording. A local gun dealer uses gold fabric and boy does it make black guns/knives pop and it makes the traditional blued/walnut guns look elegant.
     
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    Dark blue. The deeper and darker the better. It just seems to speak to me. Red is common, white is cheap and stains like crazy. My daughter got a royal blue blanket for Christmas. Too thick and heavy to actually use but that thing is seriously soft and would be incredible as a table cover.
     
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