Auburn Home Show has solutions, bright ideas

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Mere months after inspiration first struck, new business Garden’s Edge had set up shop for the weekend at the Auburn Home Show and was making sales.

Christy Cinder said the idea for the new business enterprise combining wooden garden edging with innovative decorative touches like colored glass, crystals and paintings came to her during her own foray into backyard designing.

When she couldn’t find garden edging that she liked at big box stores, she started creating her own.

“The design ideas started flowing,” Cinder said.

The Auburn Home Show is Garden’s Edge’s first show and the early reaction from potential customers was good, with several sales the first day Friday of the three-day home show at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

For veteran home show participants like Tommy Herren, who estimates he’s had a booth for his outdoor lighting and sound systems for at least a dozen years, the show is a winner for both businesses and potential customers.

“I do 20 shows a year and this is my favorite,” the Elk Grove resident said. “This has the best cross-section of contractors - you can find almost anything here. And it’s great for contractors because its outdoors mostly, low-key and you get to interact with people.”

Newcomers to the home show, Richard and Linda Scherer were buying a new home and looking for ways to upgrade, with a new barbecue among the items on their shopping list.

Linda Scherer said the couple had easily found contractors and made appointments.

“It’s been fun,” she said. “There’s really a lot of great stuff out here.”

Auburn’s Claudia Raffetto said she’s attended the home show many times over the years.

“I always enjoy seeing what’s new and have used a number of vendors on projects in my home,” Raffetto said.

The home show brings together hundreds of indoor and outdoor, home-oriented businesses in one location. The show is open until 6 p.m. today. Hours Saturday are 10-6 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The most accessible parking is in the fairgrounds lot off Auburn Folsom Road.

Prizes and giveaways are also part of the event, with the grand prize of a Modpool valued at $34,200.

General admission is $8. Seniors 65 and up can get in for 43 on Friday. Children 5-12 are $1 with an adult. Children under 5 have free admission.