Plenty of prep work for Home and Garden Show

By Perry Russom

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vendors spent all day Friday getting their displays ready for the Southern Tier Home Builders and Remodelers Association's Home and Garden Show.

This year, the show will be held at the events center on Binghamton University's campus.

Some vendors arrived as early as 5:30 a.m. Friday to get a start on their display.

Bob Allen, of Northern Scapes, had his workers at the center at 7 a.m. to prepare for the show.

"We usually have a couple weeks entailed of putting this together," Allen said. "We have a shop and a heated area that we work under in the winter time to get it ready for the spring show."

This year, event organizers said they expect more than 160 vendors to set up in the center.

When potential customers walk by their stand, the vendors are able to gauge whether their products are what the public is looking for. They can then tailor their products to what the consumer wants.

"We present it in the store, we present it at the home show like this, and kind of take the pulse of the consumer," said Bill Twelves, of Olum's Furniture.

For the past few years, the show was held at the Broome County Arena. The change in location leaves vendors with bigger booths and larger display areas. And it provides visitors with more parking.

"The arena was pretty tight. This has been a much easier process getting everybody in," said Irene White, of Chris White Home Improvements. "A lot of the vendors I'm friends here with told me last year it was just horrible. This year it's been a breeze,"

"The cooperation has been great but the parking is a huge issue for us now," Allen said. "We had a lot of issues in the past with parking, but this year, it's a little bit more secure as well as more ample parking for our customers."

Schedule:
Sunday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Price:
$6 per person
Children under the age of 18 get in for free with an adult.

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