Vendor Learning Series: How to Choose & Use Tent Weights

Using the proper tent weights for your canopy tent at outdoor markets is very important to keep you and your customers safe. This Vendor Learning Series Topic will help you choose the best tent weights and how to use them properly. Let’s get started!

What Are Tent Weights & Why Use Them?

There are specially designed weights for canopy tents to help keep them on the ground, instead of flying away in breezy to windy conditions outdoors. Tent weights are designed to hold a specific amount of weighting material (sand or gravel) and are attached to each leg of a canopy tent once the tent is erected.

When used properly, these tent weights reduce the risk of the canopy tent flying away in breezy to windy outdoor conditions and causing damage to yourself, your vendor neighbors, customers and property nearby which you could be liable.

There are many types of tent weights used by vendors which include DIY concrete or water weights, concrete cinder blocks, “donut” plate weights and sandbag tent weights. We’ll discuss the 3 most commonly used weights we see at Texas Trade Days, LLC market events.

MUST GET: Sandbag Tent Weights

Texas Trade Days, LLC HIGHLY recommends the use of sandbag weights. They’re an affordable investment compared to other options and are typically accepted by any event you participate in. These sandbag weights are specially designed for canopy tents and their commercial versions as well.

TIP: Wrap rope or para-cord around the top frames of the tent that meets each leg and loop it through the sandbag weight. Do this for each tent leg and each weight, separately.

TXTD REQUIRES: 35-45 lbs weights on each leg of the canopy tent.

Watch our short video below for details.

TEMPORARY USE: “2 Hole” Concrete Cinder Blocks

Texas Trade Days, LLC DOES allow the temporary and safe use of these concrete cinder blocks, MOST events do not allow them. We expect vendors to get the sandbag weights as soon as possible.

TIP: Wrap rope or para-cord around the top frames of the tent that meets each leg and loop it through the middle part of the cinder block. Do this for each tent leg and each cinder block, separately.

Watch our short video below for details.

AVOID: “Donut” Plate Weights

These weights are generally very expensive and are not usually more than 5 lbs each, no matter their size. Texas Trade Days, LLC and most other good events do not allow these plate weights to be used, especially when tent staking is not possible or allowed. This type of weight provides a false sense of security to vendors and does not reduce the risk of bodily injury and property damage, and vendor liability.

Watch our short video below for details.

Always Consider Safety

There is an endless amount of stories told by experienced vendors about tents flying away and the damage that happens. Protect yourself and your business by investing in good tent weights for your canopy tent. Texas Trade Days, LLC promotes vendor and shopper safety at all our market events. We hope this Vendor Learning Series Topic helps you.

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