Archive for the ‘marquees for sale’ Category

6x12m Marquee for sale

Monday, February 21st, 2011

In the main we’re careful and cautious people however there are occasions when we’re a bit too heavy handed stacking a box and the packaging rips. Usually accompanied by some colourful language.

So what do we do with a perfectly good marquee that has damaged packaging?

Stick it on an ebay auction starting at 99p! 6m x 12m DIY Marquee on eBay

Happy bidding 🙂

Spencer

New Marquees for sale

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I hope you had a nice Xmas & New Year, now it’s time to get back to work.

As mentioned previously this blog is mainly about offering advice any way I can but occasionally I have to mention some salesy stuff as, well, that pays the bills!

So we’ve introduced some new sizes of marquees for sale: 4x6m and 4x12m to add to our 4x8m and 4x10m marquees. The end panels are made up of two 2m wide panels which means they are completely interchangeable with the windows – nice huh? You can just ask the customer where they would like windows/walls and accommodate them.

We’ll also be introducing some other new products over the next few months all aimed at helping you and your customers.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

No marquee hire advice this week

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

There’s no marquee hire advice this week other than to make sure you get to the show on Wednesday or Thursday.

We’re going down to set up tomorrow and with several hundred people happy to pass on their advice (our products are the best etc) I figured you’d be fine without this week.

We’ll be showing our new 9m x 12m marquees for sale (less than half the price of aluminium). We’re really very proud of them, come and have a look and see what you think.

We’ll be displaying our new gable end system we’ll be putting in to production for next summer as well as some new blackout linings with attachments to create your own DIY starlight lining.

Thanks for reading, look forward to seeing you at the show (hopefully with my back intact this year)

Spencer

Strong framework, old stock and melting gables

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Strong marquee framework

We often get asked exactly how strong is the framework on our marquees? We don’t often get asked what we get up to when we’re bored, but the answer to both is shown below:

Strong marquee framework, slow day

That’s the middle section of one bay of a DIY Marquee

Old stock

We’re getting rid of some old stock where the boxes have been damaged or the roofs have been repaired, they’re listed on Curlews second hand marquees website. If you’re not already on their mailing list sign up now! It’s the place to go for second hand kit.

Melting gables

I’ve mentioned before that if you’re connecting a marquee up to a house it’s a LOT easier if you can orientate the marquee so you have the flat gable end up against the doors opening inwards. This avoids the need for guttering and there aren’t any eaves rails along the gable to obstruct the door.
I was reminded of a possible problem with this while speaking to a marquee hirer last week (apologies, I forget who -I have a terrible memory).
People often fit floodlights above back doors. People often forget they have a marquee outside when turning on said floodlights (or don’t notice it’s been switched on). This is not good.
Whilst any good quality marquee will be flame retardant it doesn’t stop the floodlight melting a scorched hole in your gable meaning an expensive repair or replacement (and a nasty smelling marquee).

Check for floodlights, put a sticker on the light switch inside the house so the customer remembers.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.

Compare marquees for sale

Monday, March 1st, 2010

How do you compare all the different marquees available? It’s very confusing, there aren’t any independent ‘marquees for sale reviews’ websites out there so what can you do?

All I can suggest is to do a lot of research. Read around and get peoples opinions of why they supply what they do with their relative pros & cons. For what it’s worth here’s my argument for designing our marquees the way we have:

Are DIY Marquees the cheapest?

No.  The cheapest structures will always be made from cheap PE or Poly/PVC material (and cut corners with the metalwork but that’s harder to explain/demonstrate). I once read a supplier describe PE as ‘the ultimate marquee fabric’ and the same material as bulletproof vests’, which is a bit like saying tanks are made from metal, tinfoil’s made from metal, therefore my daughters ‘spaceman’ outfit is suitable for our troops out in Afghanistan!
Don’t get me wrong, PE structures have their place in the market I just think that as a hire company it’s worth paying a little more for a much longer return on investment.

Are DIY Marquees the strongest?

No, I can’t say that either.  Aluminium frame marquees are used to span 30+ metre widths and are also available in narrower widths -my argument is that they’re over-engineered when you’re only using them as 6m wide marquees (and they’re 7-10 times the price of our structures!).
To put it a different way, when you take a booking why don’t you go round and build them a brick or timber building? Because it’s expensive and over-engineered for what they need. It doesn’t make a sound business decision.

I believe our DIY Marquees offer the best returns on investment for the size marquees we supply, that’s why we supply them and I’m happy and proud to do so.

Lastly as a hire company make ABSOLUTELY sure you receive a fire test certificate with whatever marquee you end up buying, don’t hire it out without one.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

9m wide modular marquees for sale – New for 2010!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

If you visited us at the Showmans Show you will know that we’re going to be supplying 9m wide modular marquees from March/April of next year.  Why is this so exciting? Why are we doing it? Why should you buy ours?

It’s exciting because it’s the culmination of a LOT of work and we’re confident it’s going to be well received.

We’re doing it because a lot of our customers are successful and expanding, at some time most expanding marquee hire companies have to offer larger structures so the sensible next step is 9m wide.

Why should you buy from us? Well we’ve worked very hard to ensure our marquees are compatible with the majority of kit already out there in the UK as well as making sure it’s the high quality and value for money people have come to expect from us.

We are taking pre-orders now for delivery in March/April 2010, if you don’t order by mid-December then we can’t guarantee availability. Prices are available by request (or look at your Showmans Show price list).

So what’s the spec of our new 9m marquees:

  • 4-channel aluminium profile with steel knuckles & apexes. The 4-channel aluminium allows greater flexibility with things like porches (see photo below) and catering areas.
  • Translucent PVC used for both walls and roofs – a lot of cheap modular marquees around the world use a ‘blackout’ layer in their roof PVC making the interior grey and gloomy (think of the light in an old canvas marquee). This might be suitable for deserts or the south of France but in the UK if it’s light outside you want it to be light inside. I think they may use the blackout layer just to increase the gsm of the fabric, certainly most of the PVC roofs already in use don’t use blackout.
  • 2.3m eaves – if you’re buying a modular marquee for use in the UK you want it to have 2.3m eaves. Why? Well nearly all the existing stock used in UK marquee hire companies uses 2.3m eaves, this means that all lining suppliers and theming companies have stock based on a 2.3m eave -so you can only use them if you’ve got the correct kit. Using 2.3m eaves also means the resale value of the marquee will be higher and you’re not tied to us if you want to buy more framework in the future.
  • choice of windows: georgian, arched or panoramic
  • choice of zips or dutch lacing (dutch lacing is by far the most popular choice)

Included with any marquee purchase we’re also offering:

  • A training session – when your marquee’s ready we’ll be arranging several training sessions for you to come along to so we can pass on all of our knowledge and tips (surprisingly that’s quite a lot!). We put these marquees up for 10 years and there’s lots of things to make your life easier.
  • A free single page website optimised for whatever keyphrase you want. A lot of companies have these single page satellites designed to get up the search rankings that link through to your main site. They can take a while to get there but we’re quite good at it and we’ll design one for you.

Below are lots of photos of 9m marquees that your marquee will look like:

Thanks for reading

Spencer

9m x 18m Marquee

Ivory pleated lining (with extra curtains over the walls)

9m x 18m roof only marquee

9m x 9m marquee with 3m porch

Two 9m marquees with panoramic windows (later ones have dutch lacing)

Two 9m marquees with panoramic windows (later ones have dutch lacing)

9m x 6m framework mid-assembly

9m x 6m framework mid-assembly

Aluminium profile (steel knuckle at the top of eaves)

Aluminium profile (steel knuckle at the top of eaves)

Gable uprights bolt securely on

Gable uprights bolt securely on

9m wide marquee with pleated lining & green swag

9m wide marquee with pleated lining & green swag

9m marquee with a walkway used as an entrance porch

9m marquee with a walkway used as an entrance porch

DIY Marquees bulletin board

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

There’s various things to mention so this isn’t technically an advice article, sorry!

1. We’ve got a used 6m x 6m DIY Marquee for sale on eBay at the moment. It’s in reasonable condition and could help someone out.

2. The 9m wide modular marquees, walkway and new sizes of marquee advertised at The Showmans Show aren’t on the website yet, they’ll be put on in January when they’re in stock – with the exception of the 9m marquees that we’re taking pre-orders for to be ready in March.

3. Probably the biggest news/problem is we’ve been told this week that we can no longer get hold of the shade of lining material we use. We’ve sorted out a replacement that is slightly more expensive but long term could actually be better as it’s a shade that’s used more widely in the marquee industry. The two shades are not really compatable in the same marquee so if you’ve already got our linings we’re trying to make sure we don’t let you down –  we’re buying as many thousand metres of the material as we can to continue supplying you. But it will run out at some stage, at this time I would estimate in 4-6 months time.

If anyone knows they want linings for next season then you can reserve some in the existing colour without paying a deposit as long as they’re standard stock items, that way you know where you are.

Sorry if this is bad news, we’re doing our best to help in any way we can.

Thanks for reading.

Spencer.

The Showmans Show 2009

Monday, October 19th, 2009

We started setting up our stand at The Showmans Show today with a few bits left for tomorrow, obviously our stand looks good(!) but the show in general looks very impressive.

I’d heard that some exhibitors weren’t going to be allowed to attend due to being bad payers but as far as I can see all the major players are there and some marquees look very very impressive. When I ran our business we always stopped at the size you could put up without machinery so to see some of these huge structures being erected is fascinating.

Anyway, enough of that, what are we going to be offering you this year?

2m x 6m Walkway – as mentioned previously we’ve started offering a modular 2m wide walkway. The number of times we’re asked for it means it should prove popular and an essential for any expanding marquee hire business.

6m wide deluxe marquees – Initially only available as a 6m x 12m marquee even though we’re displaying it at the show as 6m x 8m (we don’t have endless space, you get the idea!). These marquees are 2.3m high at the eaves making them the same height as aluminium frame marquees and feel a little more spacious walking in. They will also have 650gsm PVC roofs and 500gsm side panels but they’re not finished yet so the 6×8 has the standard 500gsm roof & 380gsm side panels. Do I think it’s worth having this extra thick roof? Honestly? not really, the big appeal to me is the added height but some people out there base everything on the thickness of material rather than other factors so we have to offer something thicker.

Coloured linings – bit of a cheat as it’s not new, we’ve always made coloured linings but having a purple interior to our pagoda sounded quite eye-catching. Hopefully in a good way..

Starlight roof linings – We’ve started supplying these always popular black twinkling roof linings. Again, something different for you to see and offer your customers next year. They come in 6m x 2m sections so you can use them across our whole range of 6m wide marquees.

9m wide aluminium frame marquees – my God some work has gone in to these. And is still going on in fact, it’s a bit of a race against time over the next 24 hours but we should have some framework and covers for you to see.  The next step for any expanding marquee hire business is to go bigger, and that means using an aluminium/steel combination to go 9m wide. We’ve developed these to be compatible with others in the market so even if you’ve already got some this could be of interest.

As always thanks for reading, I hope to see you at the show – the forecast is mixed so have those waterproofs I mentioned a while ago handy just in case. Remember – Avenue E, stand 267. Half way up on the right or just two along from the HUGE black/silver marquee.

More marquees for sale

Monday, May 18th, 2009

As a marquee hire business your busiest months are generally June, July & August with the end of May and beginning of September also very popular. As suppliers to the hire industry our busiest months are obviously just before that (depending on how organised you are with ordering!) so our peak is April, May & June. Consequently we’re very busy at the moment and the blog might suffer a little.

Our new 4m x 6m Marquee proved very popular on eBay, we’ve got to see how many we’re going to have spare but I’d imagine we’ll put another one in a few weeks time.

Our show marquee has been up for the last 6 weeks (thanks to those who came down to see it) -we’ve put that on eBay starting at 99p with no reserve:

6m x 12m DIY ex-demo marquee

We had a slight accident involving the lawn mower and the tie downs, the tie downs have been replaced but we’ve got to repair a couple of the exterior eyelets before we sell it, they’re very small and there’ll only be discrete patches (2″ square?). A little embarrassing..

The tie downs and lining roof come with it. The chandeliers are already sold to a hire company and the red carpet we’re planning on using as a walkway for my brothers wedding but if someone really wants it they can make an offer for it.
It may seem like it with the posts last week and this week but I’m not just using this blog to advertise the marquees we have for sale, it’ll be back to normal next week.

Thanks for reading

Spencer

Buy a marquee for 99p!

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Well okay, it probably won’t stay at 99p but someone should pick up a bargain.

We’ve made a batch of 4mx6m Marquees for a customer and obviously when manufacturing you make more than required so we have a few spare. As an experiment we’ve put one of them on eBay starting at 99p with no reserve. Details are here:

4m x 6m DIY Marquee on eBay

It’s made using the same materials as our commercial 6m wide range, we’ve changed the angle of the roof though so it’s 3m high at the apex. There’s 2 reasons for this:

1. We were concerned that if we left it as the industry standard of 20 degrees like our 6m wide marquees then there wouldn’t be enough room for chandeliers etc and
2. It’s cheaper to make it so all 3 knuckles (eaves and apex) are the same! This is actually why some of our cheaper rivals have higher roofs than standard.

We can always make linings for it if required.
Happy bidding