My new market tent arrived yesterday. Just in time for my Easter Sunday market. Nice timing. It’s one of those so called ’60 second, easy pop up marquees’. I’m putting that advertising statement alongside the “just 3 minutes a day to a flat stomach” lies. 60 seconds my behind!
But, after struggling to get the roof on, which as there were no instructions included in the kit, I first had to work out which piece was the roof (as opposed to the side panels, door panel, etc.) And being on my own, I can’t just stretch it out like all the YouTube videos show. But, we got there. Eventually.
At first I couldn’t get it to stay up. Every time I let it go, the centre part collapsed in. One last push up, a locking ‘click’ sound and the above picture was taken. Awesome.
After half hour or so of being up – enough time for the kids to run in and out from under it, have a snack in the ‘circus tent’ as Miss 5 called it, it was time to pack it up.
Popped right up (ha!), so it should, theoretically pop right down too, yes?
I found the four buttons on each leg and was pushing them in to release them, trying to slowly walk each corner in. Nothing. They resisted and then forced their way back into a locked position. With no instruction manual on how to work the tent, I was left to the mercy of YouTube and Google to work it out. Only one problem with that. While there are a million and one video’s showing how to put it UP, there were non specifically on how to pull it down. The ones I did find, were of different tents where they just pushed on the beams and it all folded up, almost on it’s own.
Mine. Did not.
After another hour of YouTube – attempt – Google – attempt – YouTube – attempt, I found what I think is the problem. The tent… is broken!
Now, I’m not the handiest of people. My kitchen light has been out of action for at least 6 months as I have NO idea how to get the cover off to locate the globe. Plus, you know, I’d need a chair or something…
But this, just doesn’t look right. This is the top of the main support in the middle. The part that makes the peak in the tent at the top. Three of the join flaps are bent, and one is broken right off:
I’m assuming this is the ‘click’ that I heard. While it allowed the tent to stay erect, it seems to have snapped a support as well. Not happy.
I’ve emailed where I got it from (seller on ebay), but that won’t help me for Sunday. And now the icing on the cake – I can’t fold the flipping thing down!!! I have this white metal scaffolding looking contraption taking up half my pergola area. Any attempts to press the little button release on the legs does nothing, and no amount of gentle (or frustrated and hard) pushing on any support works. It’s … stuck. I’m … screwed!
Going to locate some chocolate and curl up on the couch. I’d make some soap to sooth my sadness, but I discovered this morning I am out of Castor Oil and it’s Good Friday here – nothing is open. Waaaaaa!
Thank goodness this is the part of the year when chocolate is very, very easily found.
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