Pop-ups have become a huge trend over the years. Pop-up booths for retail and foodservice are a proven way to reach new audiences, test out a brick-and-mortar store, or create hype for your business or cause without a major investment.

The increased pull to create breezy outdoor events and open-air markets during the time of COVID-19 has only amplified the popularity of pop-up booths. Outdoor flea markets, flea market festivals, farmer’s markets, and antique market events have skyrocketed over the last year. Read on to find out how to blend the trends by hosting your own booth at a local community event — and how PODS can help your pop-up booth run as smoothly as possible.


Not sure if it’s worth your time to set up a pop-up booth at a local event? Being a vendor at a local community event is an excellent and easy way to get your business in front of the general public. Farmer’s markets, flea markets, or even state fairs can get impressions and sales due to their high foot traffic and attendees with a buyer’s mindset. These events also help associate your business with the local community.

A masked man and woman standing in front of a pop-up booth

As the #shoplocal trend has proven, many consumers like the feeling or even prefer supporting small and local businesses. Plus, the very nature of having a temporary pop-up booth helps to create an urgency that supports impulse buys.

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Whether it’s your first time being a vendor or you’ve tried it out before, here are a few tips to get you started.

  1. Choose the right community event for your target consumer and audience
  2. Scope out the best location (the one with the highest natural amount of foot traffic)  
  3. Make your booth display stand out against the crowd
  4. Draw in prospective buyers by putting your best products in the most visible areas — and keep your most valuable items in a case or off the entryway areas to avoid theft
  5. Make sure attendees know how to find you after the event is over (like a website, brick and mortar shop, next event, etc.)


Community events are wholesome in intent but as with any endeavor, there are still safety concerns to mitigate. Believe it or not, community events like flea markets and farmer’s markets can be subject to random acts of violence and crime, from theft to even gunfire in extreme cases. Pop-up booth vendors in a post-2020 world also need to be aware of health and safety protocols brought on by the pandemic. 

Man browsing items in an antique market

Here are a few ways that using PODS containers can help pop-up booth vendors keep themselves, their patrons, and their inventory safe .

Create a pop-up booth inside a PODS container. PODS containers are easy to transform into temporary retail spaces and eye-catching displays. Not only do pop-up shops inside PODS containers look more professional and stand out next to competing booth rentals that use tents and tables, but they can also allow vendors to create safer, socially-distanced, limited entry shopping environments.

Securely store your booth inventory on-site at events. PODS containers provide a secure, accessible inventory storage space for your pop-up booth after hours on-site and overnight due to their high-security locking features. We also have over 230 indoor storage facilities located across the country if you need an off-site storage option.

Protect your inventory or pop-up booth between locations. Participating in more than one event? PODS can help you keep your inventory or container pop-up safe between locations. Store your inventory or your pop-up booth at one of our secure storage facilities when it’s not being used — we’ll even pick it up and drop it back off on your schedule. Our patented PODZILLA moving machine keeps your PODS container and the contents inside level, leaving less possibility for damages to any goods.

Two women at a pop-up booth inside a PODS container
One boutique created a pop-up shop inside a PODS container to participate in a shopping event.

Creating a temporary pop-up booth is an exciting opportunity and easy way to spread the word about your business at a local, community level. We’re here to help you stand out against the crowd and stay safe.

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