Sign of the Home Show's return.

Sign of the show's return.

SANATOGA PA – Vendors at the weekend’s 56th annual Pottstown Home Show, conducted by the Building Industries Exchange of Pottstown and Vicinity inside Sunnybrook Ballroom, generally said they were delighted by crowd attendance Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 26-28, 2009), and satisfied with a closing day (Sunday, March 1, 2009) that was overshadowed by the prospect of inclement weather.

BIE originally planned to charge $5 admission to adults and those older than age 12, but a signs inside the lobby indicated admission had been lowered to $4 in a nod to current economic conditions. In addition, BIE honored “dollar-off” coupons made available at its website, effectively reducing the entrance fee for many to $3. That brought a smile to many patrons.

Tia Marie Weneck and the Limerick Furniture display.

Tia Marie Weneck and the Limerick Furniture display.

The event marked the show’s return to Sunnybrook, which had been its traditional home, after an absence during years the ballroom was closed. For some visitors, it was the first chance to experience the warmth and renewed luster of the renovated facility that now hosts activities every weekend. Sunnybrook volunteer Mark Pollock said several visitors commented on how much easier the show was to find and attend this year; previous venues were less well-known.

Sign up and win a prize!, at the Evans Hauseman & Richard booth.

Sign up and win a prize!, at the Evans Hauseman & Richard booth in the Pottstown BIE Home Show.

For exhibitors like Limerick Furniture, 3208 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA, it was a chance to introduce themselves to in- and out-of-towners unfamiliar with their businesses. Public response to the show “was really great,” said company representative Tia Marie Weneck. “People are interested in what we’ve got to show them, and traffic has been steady,” she said Sunday. Others, like the Yucha Chiropractic Health Center, 435 W. Cedarville Rd., Pottstown PA, considered it a perfect venue to show off new technology.

A home show staple has been vendor give-aways. “What’cha got for free?” was a question unabashedly posed by visitors in years past, and the 2009 edition was little different. Yardsticks, bottle openers, auto trash bags and lots of literature were in many hands of those in attendance. Participants like insurers Evans, Hauseman & Richard Inc., 343 E. High St., Pottstown PA, had in-booth drawings, and the BIE itself had a contest for a pair of floor-seat tickets and parking to a future Philadelphia 76ers basketball game.