Working With What You Have: Improvising a Pop-Up Booth Display

The Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone for Audrey Would! , and I promised to share how our display island was created by working with pieces we already had – my favourite way to go! It was simple, seriously, but that’s often the case. Sometimes the hardest part is the vision.

This year the island display was created with these on-hand pieces:

  • 1 fold up TV table
  • 3 floor-standing vases
  • 4 ceramic tiles
  • Museum Putty
  • Tablecloths

Prop Collage - Display Stand

These items were chosen because of their varying heights. Displaying pieces at different levels helps them stand out, and for a display island it creates visual interest as a grouping.

Display DIY (2)

I bet you can guess where I’m going with the tiles!

Display DIY (6)

Because there was carpet in the booth space, also I placed one of the smaller tiles under the large vase for stability, and then used Museum Putty to secure the display-top tiles into place.

Prop Collage - Display Stand (2)

Have you ever used this putty? It’s really amazing, and what you see in the middle image is all you need, trust me. Once pressed into place, the tiles weren’t going anywhere!

I actually decided to flip the smaller vases over for better stability. With the tapered profile they were just a little too vulnerable to teetering if bumped, and because they are so much smaller than the large vase, I did not set them on tiles.

Display DIY (5)

With the tiles pushed snuggly together this part of the set up was a lot more stabilized.

Display DIY (7)

Tablecloths were used to pull it all together.


The plain black one was draped to the floor not only to hide the table legs, but to also visually blend the gaps between the props and create a unified presentation.

Display DIY (8)

The white tablecloth is a handmade vintage piece I picked up last year. I love the simple elegance of the candlewicking  and thought it was the perfect finishing touch to give the display some pop.

If you followed Audrey Would! leading up to the Vintage Expo then you might remember these Gifts to Go

Gifts to Go

They served a dual purpose. Vintage stemware was gift-boxed for sale, and these gift boxes became part of the display.

You can see how simple creating this island display was. It came down to improvising with things I already had on hand, but using them in a new way.

What do you think? Did it work?

Audrey Would Expo2015 - Gifts to Go Display

To see the full booth presentation, pop over to our blog at Audrey Would! If you are interested in a Gift-to-Go, they are available in our Stemware Collection at Audrey Would!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs taken by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!


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