Show one-stop shop for homeowners

(March 20, 2015) Homeowners have the opportunity to browse through more than 200 exhibits of products and services this weekend during the 31st annual Home, Condo and Outdoor Show at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

“Everyone has to live some place and it’s where we spend the majority of the time when we are not working. This is the place to go and see the latest and greatest or traditional products,” said show creator, Mike Wicklein. “Take your time and shop around; it’s all under one roof.”

Thousands of ideas or products for kitchens, baths, furnishing, accessories, energy conservation, water treatment, security, financial services and outdoor living can be found at the show.

Wicklein explained how the same products can be compared between different vendors to find the best fit for the customer at a reasonable price.

“Vendors will have money saving specials going on all weekend long,” he said.

There will be experts on hand to give tips, advice and ideas on decorating, remodeling, accessorizing, renovating, landscaping or building a home.

“Donaway Furniture’s supplier has been on hand at the show to talk with customers about how their mattresses and carpets are actually made,” Wicklein said.

There will be 33 new vendors at the show this year including Vantage Resort Realty, Sposato Landscape, Royal Plus Flooring, Backyard Builders and Eastern Shore Porch & Patio.

“Every year we gain and lose a few vendors. It keeps the show fresh,” Wicklein said.

The show partners with the art and craft fair, which offers a variety of unique and creative gifts made by the artists.

Last year, close to 8,000 people attended the annual event, and weather is a factor in the numbers. It is always a guess as to how many people show up, he said. The first show brought in about 2,500 and their largest turnout was 17,000 people.

In addition, the show will feature free drawings and door prizes including a 50/50 raffle drawing hosted by Temple Bat Yam.

“Each vendor has their own specials. Go to the show and see what each has to offer,” Wicklein said.

The show will take place today, Friday, from 12-6 p.m.; Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There is a $7 admission fee for adults; seniors (55 and older) and students (14-22) get in for $6. Also, military, police, fire personnel with their ID and children 13 and under get in free.

For more information visit www.oceanpromotions.info/march.php.

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