The pandemic hasn’t been kind to just about every aspect of our lives, with perhaps one exception: our homes.
There was an 82% increase in home improvement work during COVID-19, according to Hearth, a home improvement company.
For those who still have a list of unfinished projects on their plate, the 32nd annual New Jersey Home & Garden Show is coming to the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison Feb. 25 to 27.
The show, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, is the longest-running of its kind in New Jersey. Among the 130 vendors are remodelers, contractors, interior designers, landscapers, and kitchen and bath designers. About 85% of the vendors are small businesses.
“If you’re in the market for a major renovation, you can come to the show and meet with many contractors in a short period of time and then choose who to follow up with,” said show producer Eric Udler.
A market will also be onsite, where home products made from artisans and craftsmen will be for sale.
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Activities for children include craft making, balloon animals, bean bag and ring tosses, tic-tac-toe and a mini fishing pond.
There will be several presentations, including one from PSE&G on how to make a home more energy-efficient, and one from blogger Doreen Stovenour on how to reuse and recycle common household items.
About 10,000 to 12,000 people are expected to attend this year, said Udler.
Tickets are $10, free for kids 15 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The show was started by Udler’s uncle when he realized that there were many home improvement businesses in the area without ways to showcase their offerings to customers. Udler began producing the show more than a decade ago.
“What’s changed is that now, people come to the show with a better understanding of the projects they have in mind,” Udler said. “We have a wide variety of vendors that anyone can learn from.”
Go: New Jersey Home & Garden Show, Feb. 25 to 27, New Jersey Convention Center at 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, $10 per person; newjerseyhomeshow.com
Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member at the USA Today Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger-turned-reporter following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to her stories about food, drink and fun, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Contact: [email protected] or @JIntersimone.