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How to Find a Deal at Home Shows

Depending on the city, a ticket to the home show cost about $10, but most of the services offered there can run thousands. Here's how to find a good deal there, beyond just freebies and giveaways!

Kathy Hopper says show specials are everywhere.

"A lot of these people really know that they have to interact face to face with a ton of people to get their [return on investment| for being at the show so they really offer great promotions and deals at the show site, so you can take advantage of those," says Kathy Hopper, general manager of the Texas Home and Garden Show said.

And most vendors offer deep discounts and added freebies to buy onsite.

The vendors love interacting with customers and showing them their unique products.

"One of the best things about this job all the people you get to meet throughout all the travel," said Juliette Thomas with All of Us Old Plantation Soup and Dip. "I like to eat and I like to feed people too because it just makes us feel good!"

Most vendors offer samples of their product so you can try before you buy. You can also find products you can't find in stores.

"Our cookware is what's called a waterless cookware," said Steve Evans with Prestige Distribution. "If somebody's looking for a healthier way to cook this is the way to go. If they have any kind of health problems heart disease, diabetes, things that are diet affected, this is something that can be a positive step for them to live a healthier lifestyle."

He offers a discount for buying at the home show as well as a free gift just for watching his show.

"We have big discounts on some different sets, we have a lot of different sized cookware, big discounts of you order here during the show," he said.

You can also get items factory direct or get discounts on reconditioned products.

"We are factory direct, we get reconditioned products and new products, so we can sell good prices to everybody," said Mitchell Patterson, Direct Tools Store Manager.

"We always have in store promotions, like we have 30 percent off and an additional 30 percent off in store, so it can be way below [retail price]," he said.

"We own this company, so we can offer it direct from the company and have that discount on it," he said.

With all these ways to save and different options under one roof , that's certainly a deal, especially if you are actually in the market for these services.

"I think in addition to the discounts the ideas that you find here are more than you can find anywhere else, it's all in one spot so you get to take a trip up and down the aisles and there's so many ideas and things you've never seen before in addition to the discounts," said one customer.
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