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Home Show visitors can get a lot bang for their buck

Home Show visitors can get a lot bang for their buck

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Home Show 2010, on Saturday March 13, 2010. The annual show continues Sunday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. at the Interstate Center and is sponsored by the Bloomington-Normal Area Home Builders Association and The Pantagraph. (The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY)

BLOOMINGTON -- There was a lot of bang for the buck in one place this weekend.

"Where else can you get a better value than $5 (admission) at the Home Show?" asked Guy DiCiaula , president of the Bloomington-Normal Area Home Builders Association, on Saturday. The show is free for those age 17 and under.

The Home Show, now in its 23rd year, is sponsored by the home builders association and The Pantagraph. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St. The 340 booths include 208 exhibitors with virtually everything for inside and outside a home.

"I think people are focusing on what they already have -- (but) we've seen a dabble of those interested in building," said Michael Hillard, president of Pinnacle Door Co., which includes Central Illinois Door, 1001 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington.

Their display included overhead garage doors. "Dollar for dollar, a new garage door can be the most significant impact outside," Hillard said. "Your door is a big percentage of your façade."

Scott Tongate of Colfax, who operates Kitchen Solvers, specializing in cabinet refacing since 1996, said he's also noticed a trend in the past several years of people enhancing what they have. The cost is about half that of new cabinets, he said, plus the old cabinets don't end up in the landfill.

"There's a lot more frugality now -- people want to get the most bang for their buck," said Tongate.

"Our business is better," said Lisa Smith, co-owner of Miracle Method Surface Refinishing of Mackinaw with her husband Todd Smith. It's 25 to 75 percent cheaper to resurface tubs and sinks than to replace them, she said.

Among the crowd on a rainy day was a couple from Carlock. "We plan to redo our bathroom," said Pat Luber, who said she and her husband Andy want their bathtub resurfaced. "We have a bag full of brochures."

New this year to the Home Show is a company that has recycled metal since 1898. Morris Tick-Tick Steel was showcasing its history, along with its fabrication department that can create house beams from new steel. Another product they make is a fire pit, said Bob Schubert, account executive.

And everybody needs a home -- including those with four feet. Among pets for adoption is a black cat abandoned at a Twin City motel, said Nancy Freitag, board member with the Humane Society of Central Illinois, which is also offering spaying and neutering specials.



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