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“Hopefully it will make people smile, bring a little art into everyday,” she said. “I really try to make a lot of different things.
“It’s a lot of fun. Hopefully, I’ll reach a lot of people at the show.”
With the advent of spring, some vendors predict — or hope — that visitors to the show will have better weather on their minds (or, alternatively, be looking to clean up after an unpredictable winter).
This will be the fifth year that Recreational Warehouse of North Tonawanda has taken part in the show, said owner Walter Beaudet.
“We get a lot of customers; they have cabin fever ... especially for this year ... and they want to start thinking about spring,” he said. “Patio furniture, hot tubs, play systems for the kids.”
A lot of people look at awnings, Weber gas grills and pool safety fences this time of year, Beaudet said, and there are incentives to starting the season early at the home show.
“It’s been a long winter and people are looking forward to an early spring,” he said. “So for us, we look at it as the kickoff to our summer season.”
While some exhibitors focus on a home’s outside, however, others want visitors to get a look at what they can do on the inside.
Marie’s Sewing Center, located on Robinson Road in Lockport, will be participating in the home show for the first time this year, showing off a bit of high-tech equipment that might surprise passers-by on the show floor.
“We’re really excited about it,” said Don Walters, husband of Marie Walters, the owner of the store. “We’re been to (the show) a lot but this year is the first year we’ve exhibited. I’m looking forward to showing people what our machines can do.”