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Recovering economy leads many to browse, buy at home show

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

About 500 people walked through the doors at the Tucson Convention Center in just the first hour of the Home and Garden Show today.

Many people said they came just for fun, but others are looking to do bigger projects, and the economy has a lot to do with that.

In a down economy, many let home improvement projects wait.

But in a recovering economy, home and garden show-goers are more willing to browse and buy.

"We don't mind spending money as long as we see the value for the dollar spent."

Vendors say buyers want it all: good value, great quality and a competitive price.

In this economy, they're taking time to shop around.

"The home show is very, very competitive," said Diana Weathersby with Weathersby Windows & Doors. "We are all here. We're all trying to earn the customers' business."

Howard Weiss and his wife are looking to do big projects on their home: flooring, cabinets and kitchen updates.

"Investing some money. Our house is almost paid off, the mortgage is almost gone, so it is time to put some money into the house so we can get to enjoy it and then when we sell, five, six, seven years from now. We're pretty sure we'll get the money out of it," said Howard Weiss, one home show shopper.

David Whipple has 12 years experience in the home show business. He's seen the ups and downs.

"You know, in '08, '09 we saw sometimes a 50, 60, 70 percent drop, which was pretty significant. But the last year, I think with the housing market, I think it's really bouncing back," said David Whipple with Lustre Craft Cookware.

Still, many come just to browse and check out the demonstrations, and aside from the $8 admission fee, they're not spending any money.

"Most people just browse, but then there are people who are serious about buying things," said home show shoppers, Joseph and Lenore Pero.

This year, vendors hope they're more serious than the last.

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