The smell of fresh bark and the sight of sprouting daffodils might seem out of place against the backdrop of the neon-decked walls inside the Tacoma Dome. But after 27 years, the Tacoma Home & Garden Show has taken root as an annual tradition - for vendors and visitors alike.
About 500 exhibitors chum for customers at the show, which runs through Sunday.
In the northeast corner of the Dome, a fully landscaped yard – complete with fresh grass – surrounds a simple 997-square-foot house. It looks move-in ready from the outside, though it’s hollow on the inside and lacks a finished roof.
Adair Homes will give away the home in a drawing.
“It’ll be finished, though,” marketing coordinator Tiffany Landers said Thursday.
In the opposite corner of the Dome, at the E-Z Way Restoration Products booth, Barbara Denham quickly ran through her catchphrases as she demonstrated her product.
“This is motormouth riding again,” Denham said. “This is a recording – push here and I go through it.”
“It looks like she’s having fun, though,” said Lynn Giroir of Poulsbo, who bought $28.50 worth of products from Denham.
Exhibitors say the show gives them exposure to people who are in the market to buy.
“It’s more important when there are no other customers out there,” said Al Wahl of Northwest Cabinets of Puyallup.
“Money’s tight, so people know they’re going to get a good deal (at the show),” Wahl said. “This show here is one of the best. People are interested in buying, instead of just looky-loos.”
For Granvil and Heidi Hays, the collection of displays was a chance for one-stop shopping.
“We’re looking to remodel the bath, and also we were over on the other side looking for plants,” Granvil Hays said. “It’s a good chance to look at everything all in one place, rather than running around. It saves us a trip.”
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