Our annual gathering of experts and craftspeople in Millbrook, New York exceeded all expectations. Attendance was up 60% from last year and the products and services were nothing short of amazing. Feedback from both vendors and visitors has been universally positive with great anticipation for next years show.
So why might you ask is there so much excitement over a home show while we are still only slowly climbing out of the great recession? My view is that we all still recognize value when we see it: like my choice in an automobile, I may drive my car a few more miles before I trade it in as a way to be thrifty, therefore it is even more important to choose a quality car. The same is true when buying a screen door, a piece of furniture, a garden tractor or a home theater, we don’t want to waste our money on something that is cheap but won’t last.
I personally was awed by the work of many of our vendors, even though I know them well. Every year I get an update on what is latest trend in each of our vendors’ field of expertise. On the other hand, it is comforting that Ferris Rugar is still making his hand carved Windsor Chairs the same way they were made 200 years ago. There is no shortcut to restoring a Persian Rug or plastering a wall, planting a garden or building fine cabinetry, however there is great value.