Home and Garden Show expected to boost economy

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 13, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga. --The economic downturn has hit housing hard but it doesn't seem to have an impact on the 4th Annual Home and Garden Show this weekend at the James Brown Arena.

The show opened Friday afternoon with a full house of vendors showcasing their services.

Close to 5,000 people are expected this weekend, with many of them looking to make upgrades to their homes. With real estate values uncertain, a lot of people are making more of an effort to make improvements on the home they already have.

Vendors like Alan Hamilton and Jack Posey both have spent money in order to "make money." Posey says it is all part of doing business.
With close to 125 vendors this year - its expected that close to 5,000 people will attend the show - looking for deals on landscaping, window and door treatments, custom cabinets, and counter tops. Alan Hamilton says his business, Champion Window actually has reached record sales.

"You know we really haven't had much of a down turn in the Augusta area," says Hamilton. "We can't compare to some of these other big cities that are having all these downturns because it's really not affecting us that much."

What has changed perhaps is the spending habits of some consumers. Many are being extra mindful of where their dollars go; shoppers like Jean Dondelinger.

"If you need a repair of some sort its good to come to the professional and see the different things that they have so that you can gage where your money's going how much you can spend,"says Dondelinger.

Hamilton and Posey are both looking forward to the weekend and bringing in new business. They urge the public to come out and buy local.

Some of the vendors we spoke with say they are willing to work with customers as best as possible so that they don't break the bank and they're able to get quality products as well. And since many of them buy their supplies from local places and that contributes to the economy as well.

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