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31 10, 2018

Why It Might Be A Better Idea To Buy Pipe And Base Hardware

By |October 31st, 2018|Products, Question of the Week|1 Comment

We’ve already written about this subject a few times before, but it’s a question we still get asked all the time from our clients—“When is it better to rent, and when is it better to buy Pipe and Base (pb) Hardware for my upcoming trade show, event, tour, or production?” So I thought I’d rehash some of the advice and suggestions we like to give our clients so that they can make an informed decision on which might be the better option for their particular needs.  Of course there are always a lot of great reasons for each side of the argument! In this blog post though, I’d like to focus now on why it may be a better idea to purchase your own pb hardware. Then I will follow up in a future blog post with some advice for when it might be a better idea to rent pb hardware instead.

FREQUENCIES OF THE EVENTS: If you do multiple productions or trade shows each year, and often have similar pipe and drapery needs each time, then cost-wise it just makes more sense to go ahead and purchase your pb hardware. Renting them over and over again, can quickly become financially straining taking valuable funds away from your budget (that you could be using on having custom drapery made instead!). If you purchase the pb hardware that you will typically need from SW?, then you would have the exact size, quantity, and configurations every time you needed it, all year round. Then you could rent different types of pipe pocket drapery to create your distinctive look (in various colors, sizes, styles, fabrics). This will help you keep a fresh and unique appearance each time, without the added expense of having to pay for the rental of pb hardware, too.

CUSTOM DRAPING: Rent What? does not offer custom-made soft goods in our rental inventory, but this just happens to be a specialty of our sister company Sew What? If you wanted to have beautiful and completely one-of-a-kind soft goods made for your event (either with a digital print, or drapery in styles, colors, and fabrics that perfectly match your event’s motif), then you would ultimately have to rent the hardware each and every time you needed to be able to display it. If you possessed your own hardware, then you would be able to showcase your custom soft goods any time you would like to, without having to worry about availability of the rental hardware, too.

SHIPPING: People don’t always realize how extremely heavy pb hardware can be, especially the bases which can run anywhere between 13lbs and 62lbs, EACH, depending on your event’s own specific set-up. Shipping pipe and base hardware across the country over and over again can sometimes end up costing even more than the rental itself, which can really add up in the long run.

So in a nutshell, here are some rules of thumb that will help you decide if buying is the best way to go:

  • You tend to do smaller trade shows, and end up having a similar set up every time.
  • Your trade shows or events happen several times a year, and often in different parts of the country that would need everything to be shipped to and from.
  • You don’t always know exactly how long you’re going to need the hardware for.
  • You will need to have custom drapery built, which you know you’re going to want to hang up at different events throughout the year.
  • You can use the purchased carrying bags and dollies to keep everything stored together, and have a good location to keep everything safely secured.

If these points applied to you, then it would probably make more sense to purchase your pb hardware so that you can cut out as many unnecessary expenses as possible for every time you may need it. This will give you the flexibility and freedom to set up your Pipe and Drapery anytime, and anywhere, that you want. Do not hesitate to contact one of our sales reps today so that they can help you figure out the best choice for your own individual needs.

29 10, 2018

Meet the Staff–UPDATES! Andrea Garcia

By |October 29th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff—UPDATES! Blog series is one of the most earnest, hardest working employees that this company has ever had, Andrea Garcia (formerly Andrea Fraser). She has worn numerous hats here at SW?, and we are so pleased to have had her recently “change hats” yet again into a role that she seemed truly destined for. Please take a moment and read a little bit about this extraordinary member of the Whatter’s family, Andrea!

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here?

I was originally hired back in July of 2015 as a receptionist. As time went on my duties grew and I dabbled a little in purchasing and accounting, but where I really found a passion was for sales. I was given a very generous opportunity to join the sales staff in July of 2018…. and I have to be honest, I couldn’t be happier! I’m thoroughly enjoying this new position and couldn’t be more grateful for this opportunity to grow within this company and learn from everyone here.

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

I sincerely enjoy any function that we have here at Sew What?, Inc that involves getting the entire staff together to have a good time (and of course the delicious treats that often accompany such a gathering). 😉

My favorite recent memory is when we held a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” for Christmas last year. The silly presents everyone brought were often hysterical and cheeky, and it was just so much fun watching everyone practically “become kids again” for the holidays.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

As a new member of the sales team I am learning a lot every single day. It’s been quite the adventure so far!

All of the office staff was recently given the incredible opportunity to work hands on with the warehouse staff. We were able to assist with measuring and cutting fabric, pinning drapery, and even QC-ing (in quality control) the drapes before they left our building. Undeniably, it was a crucial learning experience for all of us—especially for me as a beginner in this industry, but also for all of my considerably-experienced colleagues as well. Getting completely hands on with custom projects from start to finish was an invaluable and essential way for me to be able to better help and answer questions for my customers on a daily basis, and it was a fantastic experience getting to work with our tremendously talented warehouse staff, too!

23 10, 2018

Vibrant Colors Completely Brighten Up Sewing Room

By |October 23rd, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

I love having a window that leads directly into our warehouse QC Area, as I never know what I’m going to spot the hard-working SW? crew diligently constructing out there for our wonderful clients’ upcoming events. Looking out there, it’s never the same view two days in a row! These past few days I kept noticing the most spectacularly gorgeous colors flashing in my peripheral vision and couldn’t contain my curiosity anymore—so I had to go investigate for myself what I was seeing.

It seems as it one of our clients was having us build for them numerous panels of breathtaking Poly Charmeuse Drapery for an upcoming special event they were having here in Southern California. This fabric is an extremely festive and popular substrate for special events especially, in that it has a lustrous, reflective finish, is super lightweight to hang, and is topically treated for Flame Retardancy so it’s well tested by fire marshals across the country.

In absolutely vivid, striking shades of purple, pink, and orange, our warehouse sewing department looked even more vibrant than it normally does. Watching our amazing team work on this job all the way from cutting, to sewing, to inspecting, and to packaging for shipping was a truly impressive sight to behold.

We love helping to provide our super-creative clientele with fabulous custom stage drapes for all of their special events, concert tours, stage productions, church services, trade shows, and everything in between. Contact one of our sales reps today so that we can help you to also construct the most breathtaking design imaginable—either with custom built curtains, rental stage drapes, or a combination of both!

22 10, 2018

Shinedown Continues To “Shine” On World Tour With More Digitally Printed Drapes

By |October 22nd, 2018|Products, Projects|1 Comment

I recently wrote up a blog post showcasing a really cool digitally printed main stage drape for the always exciting and totally gripping American rock group, Shinedown. Having a simple, yet memorable, concert tour backdrop has been working out great for them on their current international tour (and even greater for their die-hard fan’s fantastic photo-ops!).

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Being able to have “signature” set pieces on stage with them—no matter how large or small the venues might be—was very important to their stage designers. This way they would be sure that the band’s inimitable branding was easily visible for audiences both near and farther from the stage. They are always making sure that all of their fans to have the most engaging experiences at each and every one of their shows!

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In light of that, they then also had SW make a few smaller custom-built digitally printed “banners” for this tour, that could be used both as either stationary set pieces or with a kabuki system in order to create a special “reveal” throughout different sections of their shows. These three different types of images printed onto 20’h x 10’ banners worked wonderfully as truly dynamic stage sets. Printed on rugged, tour-friendly FR Heavy Knit, the graphics on these drapes have a uniquely edgy look about them. And adding dramatic lighting, pyrotechnic effects, and other electrifying design embellishments all helped to complement the absolutely striking overall motif for this tour stage.

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You can check out a great assortment of photos of these exceptionally distinctive drapes in our new Flickr Gallery, taken by some extremely amazing photographers just this past summer. And better yet, see them in person at a live show while this incredible band is still out on tour through next March. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and speak with a dedicated sales rep today, as we would love to also provide you with a custom digital printed drape, backdrop, or banner for your upcoming tour, exclusive event, trade show, production, or any other occasion in which you want to add a one-of-a-kind touch. Surprisingly affordable, remarkably easy to hang, and undeniably unforgettable—our custom digital prints are a surefire way to completely dazzle your audience!

17 10, 2018

Meet the Staff–UPDATES! Shane Nelsen

By |October 17th, 2018|Company, Rent What Team, Sew What Team|1 Comment

Next in our Meet The Staff–UPDATES! Blog series is sales rep extraordinaire, Shane Nelsen. Being the sales staff member who’s been a “Whatter” the longest, he has practically seen it all, done it all, and made it all. But that doesn’t stop him from still having a blast, and learning from all of his innovative clients’ unique drapery requests. Take a moment to read a little bit more about our very own “design force of nature”, Shane!

What were you originally hired to do, and how have your duties/job descriptions changed since working here? (even if your job title hasn’t changed) Please explain…

I was hired back in 2006 as a Sales Staff person, and I still remain in that position to this day. And as of the past few years, I can also assist my clients with requests of our rental inventory, too. However, due to my decades of work in the decorating/design/theater industry, and now with my many years here at SW? Inc., I am referred to as “Senior Sales Representative”. I enjoy offering my clients AND training colleagues assistance with questions that they might have regarding custom drapery options, various fabrics and substrates, and overall design concepts.

What are some favorite memories/circumstances/events from being part of the Sew What? family?

Although I truly enjoy our potlucks and special events here on-site, I always especially enjoy our SW outings OUTSIDE the office, too. Years ago a bunch of us went to see Billy Idol live in concert in Palm Springs, and we had such a blast. I also had a lot of fun going to a local concert with some of my co-workers here to see Aerosmith, too. Both shows had our drapes being showcased on-stage, which was exciting to see live and in person…But more than that it was really great getting to socialize with my colleagues outside of our regular work environment.

What project have you worked on recently that was interesting or challenging? What did you learn from it?

Working from design concept to completion on a Black Sabbath mixed media backdrop was definitely one of my personally most challenging projects ever. Mixing commando cloth, aluminum metal mesh, and black sharkstooth scrim together on one drape–and the painstaking measurements that needed to be calculated to ensure everything was exactly how the client envisioned–was genuinely one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever coordinated here at SW. But it was all worth it because the outcome was absolutely spectacular.

Anything more you would like to add about the development and evolution of RW/SW? Inc.?

I’ve enjoyed the progress that both Sew What? and Rent What? have made over the last 13 years. I really like working with the expanded sales team and warehouse staff, too, and seeing what new and interesting drapery projects come through our sewing room every single day.