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“Last month I set up a tent and filled it for a 3-hour outdoor event, only to get rained out almost immediately. I was a LOT of work, even if the event hadn’t gotten rained out so I was hoping to find another solution to these short outdoor events. After seeing the grocery cart converted to an amazing Paparazzi cart (sorry, don’t remember whose that is), I was inspired to create my own cart. I used it for the the first time last night, and it worked great! I might even adapt it to a standing base for home parties. It’s 30″ wide by 48″ long (didn’t measure height) and sits on my old green garden wagon which has a removable handle. To assemble it at the street fair, I put everything on the cart by my van and pulled it a block to the street fair, then took the handle off and laid it on the ground as a wheel chock so it didn’t roll away. I have 520 pieces on this and could easily expand it to 700. I decided instead of putting all necklaces on the spinning holders I posted last week, that I’d color block, and it worked out much better because you can see each piece easier, people buy more because the coordinating pieces are by each other, and the short lengths of the earrings and bracelets allowed room to add more coordinating bracelets on the spinning base and around the table top. I still have some tweaking to do to include the rigid headbands and to replace the curtain with a pegboard panel door to access inside storage, but I’m so excited about this! I designed it, and my hubby helped me out by putting on the base and frame. I bought the cute pink pagoda umbrella online, otherwise I made the rest. I had the wagon already and used spare lumber we had in our garage. I used the Paparazzi spinning display and added a 5″ pipe attached to a flange for the umbrella holder. The other spinning displays are the ones I made and shared last week. I was invited last night to bring my cart to two other local events in the next month, and I may have found two people to sign up as consultants! Hope this idea inspires others too.

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I actually bought two of the same umbrella because it’s 36″ in diameter and I found another online that said their’s was 44″ so I ordered it too because I wanted it a bit bigger. It wasn’t. Anyway, search on Pink pagoda umbrella and you should see several places that sell them and in other colors too. I’ll have to figure out the full cost but I used a lot of scrape lumber so it won’t be actual cost if you had to buy everything.

Let’s see if I can do a cost breakdown for you. Umbrella $30; center display from Paparazzi BO $40; corner spinning displays $15 each ($60 total); hardware $30 – $40; paint $20; I had the lumber and cart but the carts run about $100 and the lumber would probably cost $30. So you could probably build this same cart from scratch for $320 but if you economize it can be less.

I got the metal stands from Lakeside Collection and then made the swivel bases they are attached to. (Click here) I posted detailed instructions on here on how I made those. I hang Twirl-a-ties from the four hooks on them, so I can fit 80 pieces of jewelry on each spinning stand.

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I came up with a spinning display that holds 80 pieces in 1 square foot of space. Four of these will sit on top of the cart. The very longest necklaces drag a little but that could be remedied by hooking those with clasps a bit shorter. The picture I show has all long necklaces hanging on it. I do have one display with bracelets and one with earrings too. I’m going to see if I can engineer a way to hang another twirl-a-tie below the top one for another layer for earrings and bracelets, giving you space for 160 pieces. I think I’ve figured that out but have to try it when I have time. The reason for flipping it is that, if you look closely, you’ll see that the way they show it in their online catalog the top loops are not closed enough to hook the twirl-a-ties to. One thing I didn’t mention is that this stand comes in two pieces and one screws into the other halfway up the shaft. That’s very convenient because it can come apart and be put back together over and over, making it easy to store and transport. Creating and attaching the spinning base a bit complicated so I’ll out line it below.

Creating the spinning base: paint the two circles that are at least 11 inches in diameter so the base is stable. I painted mine two different colors for a specific reason but you can do what you’d like. Using a ruler, measure to find the center of the circle and mark it. Position a lazy susan bearing such as this so it is centered: Square-Bearing (I used 4″ bearings because I ordered the wrong size by mistake. It turned out fine but 6″ ones like this would be better). Check and recheck the measurements from each side and corner so they are the same otherwise your whole stand will wobble. Outline the bearing on the bottom of the top circle and top of the bottom circle as well as the four holes on each. Next I positioned my metal stand on the top circle and measured so each leg was the same distance from the edge. I marked a dot on each side of each leg because I drilled holes to attached the legs with black plastic nylon zip ties. Now to drill. (note, if you use mdf, it will chip at the exit point so always drill into the surface that will show.) First figure out how large you need the holes so you have a nice pilot hole but leave enough material for your screws to bite into. You also want your screws to fit into the holes of the bearing and not be too long so they pierce the other end of the top circle with you screw them in. Once you’ve figure that out drill pilot holes (not all the way through the board) into the bottom of the top circle in the spots you marked for the bearing holes. Then from the top of the circle, drill all the way through the holes you marked by the legs. These holes should be large enough to fit the size zip ties you chose. I found that the head of the zip tie stuck up too high and scraped between the circles when assembled. I don’t think this will happen if you use the 6″ bearing but I had to take my first one apart and on the bottom of the circle I drilled out part of one of the leg holes so the zip tie head could be counter sunk (sit lower than the surface). Before you attach the bearing to the top circle, slip your machine screws for the bottom circle into the bearing holes. You will later slip the bottom circle onto these screws. You will be using machine screws for this circle because you have to attach it from the bottom so your holes need to be big enough to slide the screw through…Once you attach the first circle there is no other way to attached the second circle to the bearing other than from the bottom. Now attach the bearing to the top circle. After you attach the bearing to the top circle, attach the display piece to the top of the circle using your zip ties. The head needs to be on the bottom of the circle. Trim the excess zip tie by the head. Next, take the bottom circle and drill the holes you marked for the bearing…all the way through the board. Now take a larger bit (large enough to use a socket wrench to tighten the nuts) and drill over the holes, halfway through the circle. Slip the bottom circle over the machine screws that are sticking up and secure with the screws nuts. I used locking nuts and couldn’t tighten completely so had to add a washer or two to snug them up. You’re done. You could use a square base but for my purposes I didn’t want the corners so I chose circles. I hope this description isn’t too confusing.

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Paparazzi cart with sides and top assembled.

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Garden wagon underside

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Garden wagon with base added.

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Garden wagon with base and frame added.

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