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Home Show for people in market for ideas

March 14, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - If you're in the market to buy or upgrade a home, this weekend's 19th annual Home Show is the ideal place to explore an array of services, said Debi Turpin, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Washington County.

Terry Lamberson said he stopped by the Home Show, at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic Recreation and Community Center, because he hopes to build a single family home east of Hagerstown in the next 18 months.

"It's a fair representation of what is out here. We're just getting ideas," said Lamberson, who said the Hagerstown market is great for sellers right now.

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Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Washington County, the Home Show allows association members and area companies to showcase products and services, Turpin said.

This year's show attracted 172 exhibitors representing 148 vendors, Turpin said.

Vendors such as Jamie Bisbee of Capitol Building Supply said the Home Show is a great place to meet future customers and visit with existing ones.

"We've been attending the Home Show for six years," Bisbee said.

Bisbee manages his company's newest store, which recently opened at 700 E. First St. in Hagerstown. The company already has six stores in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

"Residential building is booming in this area," said Bisbee, whose company sells, stocks and transports such housing material as drywall, steel studs, lumber and insulation.

Meanwhile, local homeowners such as Carolyn Ritchie, of Middletown, Md., stopped by Closet Biz Inc.'s booth in search of a local business to upgrade an area of her home.

"It's a dressing room right now, but it's sort of useless," Ritchie said. "I'm thinking about enclosing it in and putting closet shelving in to give some additional space around the bedroom."

Closet Biz Inc. owner Kelly Clark said Ritchie represents a growing number of women who are having their home closets professionally organized. According to Clark, organized closets are selling features that may significantly increase the value of a home when it goes up for sale.

The two-day Home Show kicked off Saturday morning and will continue today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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