(April 23, 2021) After a year off due to covid-19, the annual Home, Condo & Outdoor Show, sponsored by Ocean Promotions, is back.
The show, in its 37th year, is being hosted at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street in Ocean City, today, Saturday and Sunday. The event will include arts and crafts exhibits and some new vendors to mix in with the regulars, Ocean Promotions co-owner Jeanette Trimper said.
Trimper, who now owns Ocean Promotions with her husband, Brooks, said the goal is to inject some new blood into the decades-old home show while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
“This year is going to be a little bit smaller of a show, of course, due to covid,” Trimper said. “We have about 29 home vendors and 30-some of our arts and crafts vendors. It covers anywhere from your roofing to your yard and all kinds of different arts and crafts. Usually, it’s a lot bigger than this but most people are either holding out for the fall or are too busy because they’re short-staffed and just don’t have enough people to cover a whole weekend doing home shows.
“It should still be a good one, and hopefully we’ll start getting back toward normal in the fall when we do our October home show,” she added.
This year, guests are required to undergo a temperature scan upon entrance to the home show. Masks are required for all vendors and attendees. The booth aisles, usually around 10 feet wide, will be doubled in width, and there will be a 10-foot buffer space between each booth.
“They’re not going to be right on top of each other,” Trimper said.
Trimper said that the annual home show has something to offer for both the longtime resident and the newcomer.
“It’s good for people who maybe just bought a beach house and are looking to upgrade or update,” Trimper said. “They might not know any businesses or contacts so it’s good for someone who’s not too familiar with the area. Even for those of us who have lived here for a long time who have never had to do any updates or upgrades to their homes, we’re kind of a one-stop shop. We have everything there.”
Nikki Tyler, who runs Tyler Building Company in Parsonsburg with her husband, Will, has been a vendor at the home show for 16 years. Tyler said they appreciate the organized home show that Ocean Promotions puts on.
“They handle the home show very professionally and do a great job doing a very well-run home show,” Tyler said. “Home shows are a very integral part of our business. They give us opportunity to meet clients face-to-face and develop a personal relationship that you really can’t get through digital and print marketing. We love the opportunity to meet with potential clients.”
However, that boon for individual vendors has in recent years been somewhat of an albatross for home shows.
With smart phones in the hands of nearly every potential customer, Trimper said some people might not feel they need to attend a home show to obtain the information they want.
“You can go online and research anything,” Trimper said. “We’re trying to update (the home show), bring a new look to it. I’m trying to get more local vendors and feature things that are different from shows in the past — some newer and modern vendors and designers, people who do different designs in the house and contract work. We want to kind of spruce it up a little bit.”
The home show will take place today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 13 and under and military, police and fire with identification.