EUGENE, Ore. - Have your gutters seen better days?
Is dry rot taking over your bathroom?
You might want to swing by the Lane Events Center this weekend and get some help.
Don't look now, but a marketplace is taking shape.
Crews are drilling, pounding nails and getting ready for the 31st Lane county Home Improvement show.
230 business owners and vendors are setting up shop.
"They're here to meet and greet their customers face to face and to answer your questions about your leaking roof, your gutters," says
Home Show producer, Karen Ramus.
From pumpkin carvers to appliance dealers, they'll be at the L-E-C. For a local economy that's still in recovery, this show packs another benefit.
"It provides $7-million of additional, incremental impact to Lane County and that means new sales," explains Ramus.
Vendors at the show report business is very good--that they're booked out with jobs several months in advance.
Meaning more folks are ready to spend some money now on needed home improvements.
Milt Serafin is here from Dallas, Oregon. His company, Westview Products, makes skylights and sun rooms for homes.
Serafin told KVAL News, "It's good to see that the Eugene market is picking up as well as central Oregon, because we are a manufacturer.
We ship throughout the Northwest."
Another Eugene Vendor is Ralph Matteson of VSC Window Coverings. "Our business has been very strong this past year; in fact the last 2 years have been tremendous,"
Home show managers believe homeowners, who see home prices starting to climb again, are helping to fuel this new spending and mini-boost for the economy.
The show starts Friday night at 5 and opens 10 a-m Saturday and Sunday at the Lane Events Center.
It's free, but you're asked to drop off canned food donations at the door for Food for Lane County.