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Lavish Living show at Valley Mall offers 'good exposure'

September 07, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • This tricked out Jeep was very popular during the Lavish Living show Saturday at the Valley Mall.
By Joe Crocetta / Staff Photographer

HALFWAY, Md. — Joe Parker said he has no showroom, so he uses events such as Saturday’s inaugural Lavish Living show at Valley Mall to drum up business.

Parker, who owns a Budget Blinds franchise, said he advertises his shutters, wood blinds and draperies, then takes samples directly to the homes of potential customers in Washington and Frederick counties.

He said he didn’t make any sales Saturday, but customers took some of his brochures and business cards.

“We’ve done all right,” Parker said. “It’s good exposure.”

Kim Tagg, Lavish Living coordinator, said the event, which was sponsored by Herald-Mail Media, was established to create a venue for people to meet vendors who specialize in home improvement.

“Lavish Living is for indoor-outdoor remodeling,” she said. “It’s about anything to do with your home.”

She said 26 vendors, including fireplace, lawn tractor and furniture sales professionals, attended the event.

The vendors set up booths at various locations in the mall.

Tara Oberholzer of Pools, Patios & Porches in Smithsburg said she didn’t sell anything Saturday, but said she was able to get a few leads.

“This is kind of the tail end of the season,” she said. “I’m telling them about deals we’ll have in the spring. Most people are thinking about closing their pools at this point.”

She said sales might have been a little slow because foot traffic at the mall was light.

Ken Garber, a recruiter at Grace Academy near Hagerstown, said Micah Tate, a senior at Williamsport High School, won a desk and chair during a random drawing that the school held during the event. He said the desk and chair were donated by Vintage Warehouse on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown.

In addition to vendors, Saturday’s event featured live entertainment and a rock-climbing wall for children.

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