Exhibits and displays can be expensive when they are custom made with all the bells and whistles. If your budget is tight, you can buy a used display or even rent one. When you’re only doing one show a year, why pay for a custom display that could cost from $5,000 to $20,000? Many large display/exhibit manufacturers will rent a used one if you buy a personalized sign from them. Also, you can save with the purchase of a used exhibit with new signs and add-ons.
If you’re only planning to be in smaller local shows, a tabletop display is much less expensive and can also have a lighted sign. It only takes about five minutes to set up, and you can easily carry it in and out yourself.
When you buy a full-size display, shipping boxes should be included, which are very sturdy and will last a long time.
Some new exhibits and/or displays take four to six weeks to complete, so order early enough to have the display made exactly the way you want it. Investigate and check prices from several different companies before you make your purchase. Find out whether the company will make future repairs if needed and how long any guarantee lasts. A good display should last at least four to six years with limited use.