Provincial Home Show adds new recreation and leisure section

Chris Gregory
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Norma and Lindsay Seaman check out the bamboo pillows with Janet Pomeroy in the Ocean Sales booth at the P.E.I. Home Show at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown Friday. The show is on again today and Sunday and boasts over 150 booths.

Show open at Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown through Sunday with admission $6 for adults

The annual Provincial Home Show attracts a variety of people but Ben King, who is at the event with his Golf Mania P.E.I. booth, wants to be able zero in on potential customers.

This year’s home show has given him the means to do that with the addition of a new recreation and leisure section.

“It’s nicer for us because we can kind of get away from everything else. It’s good,” he said.

The separation between the the new section and the traditional house and yard retailers makes for a better overall home show experience, both for the exhibitors and the customers, he said.

“We know the people that are coming to our booth are here for a specific reason. It gives us our own thing separate from what they’ve got going on next door.”

Mike Morrison, the manager of Chuckie’s Sports Excellence, agrees.

“We’re a bit of a newer store, so this exposes us to new customers and also, it’s a way to promote the new products.”

Not only does it help the exhibitors, but it is better for the show overall because it brings in a crowd of people that might not have come otherwise, he said.

“It’s something else to draw people in. It’s good for everyone.”

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Joey Murphy, who was running the Quartermaster Marine booth, says the separation has been great so far, and for the normal home show-goers, they will get a chance to see what the new section has to offer.

“If someone goes up there to look around, they’ll take the extra five minutes to come to this side and check it out,” he said.

“I think it’s a good idea. You never know, there could be that one person out of 10 that comes to this side and maybe wants to buy a boat. That makes it worthwhile.”

The separation even benefits the normal exhibitors, like Liz Cosgrove of Ocean Sales Ltd.

It could help expose her business to a new audience of possible customers.

“They’ll get ours and we’ll get theirs, so it helps both of us,” she said.

“They’ll definitely benefit from it, but so will we.”

The P.E.I. Provincial Home Show is open for buisness at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown from Friday to Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 10 to 16. Children under 10 are free.

Organizations: Ocean Sales Ltd., Eastlink Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Guy From Summerside
    March 12, 2016 - 14:52

    They use the profits and such and donate it to charities. If you re too cheap to donate, then don't go

  • laurent Beaulieu
    March 12, 2016 - 14:44

    For the commenters who never left the safety of their basement I would like to point out that it is very common across Canada to charge an entry fee to such trade shows. Nothing new here. Please get out more and experience the world.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 12, 2016 - 14:14

    National Home Show is also going on this weekend in Toronto. Adult tickets are $20.00. What's the beef here?

  • Pass
    March 12, 2016 - 01:24

    I am glad I saw this article as I was thinking to pop in as there are a couple of things we would like to do around the house this year. $6 to go and see if I want to purchase goods or services. $6?? This seems excessive, do the participants not pay an entry fee? No thanks.

    • mary
      March 12, 2016 - 06:37

      If "pass" cant afford $6 you cant afford do anything around the house anyhow!

    • Sammy
      March 12, 2016 - 07:51

      They do pay a fee for the booths EXHIBIT PRICING $8.75 per sq. ft. (100 sq. ft. minimum)

    • Matilda
      March 12, 2016 - 09:11

      Totally agree with Pass. So we have to pay to go and see the merchandise/services we might be interested in purchasing from vendors. What's the logic behind this? I would expect you pay the venue to set up your display that you want to expose to future customers. Maybe the venue is not charging vendors enough to cover costs of the home show but that's their problem. I could see a $2 charge but $6 is crazy.

    • Stan Hope
      March 12, 2016 - 09:30

      Totally agree .... 6 dollars to walk around ... Gouge !!!