Louise and John Barselaar contemplate an early winter purchase, a gas fire from Edwards Hot Water, at the Coffs Coast Home Show.
Louise and John Barselaar contemplate an early winter purchase, a gas fire from Edwards Hot Water, at the Coffs Coast Home Show. Bruce Thomas

Good turnout for Home Show

SUNSHINE on their shoulders brought homeowners and home buyers out of hiding yesterday for the second day of the 2011 Coffs Coast Home Show.

Event organiser Peter Grimmond said Saturday had been fairly quiet, although exhibitors reported good leads. Yesterday was a much better day with crowd attendances on par with earlier years.

Weather had little effect on the running of this event, in which the majority of the 75 different sites were located undercover at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club.

The show offered a kaleidoscope of home services, featuring everything from outdoor swimming pools to warming winter fires.

Exhibitions included mobile security doors; floor coverings; photovoltaic solar systems; hardwood flooring and panelling; kitchen cupboards and termite treatments – a selection underpinned by stands from local building companies.

Mr Grimmond said a trend this year was for exhibitors to become more professional with their displays.

Having run the Home Show for six years, Mr Grimmond said he had felt a slowing in the market this year, with some exhibitors booking slightly smaller sites.

He said the slow down was not restricted to Coffs Harbour but was being seen right across Australia and even globally.

He said the Home Show, with its $6 entry fee and central location, represented excellent value for visitors who had the chance to see so many different shops and firms in the one location, rather than having to spend petrol money travelling around to different showrooms.



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