I just read two articles about Home and Garden Shows picking up. Both articles talked about hot tub sales and people starting to shop again for hot tubs, after flat sales for the last several years.
The Tampa Home Show Article had this to say:
Sunday was the last day for Florida’s Largest Spring Home Show and the 2012 Tampa Bay Spring RV Show. The home show featured exhibitors that displayed everything from cutlery to water purifying systems to pest control materials to garage doors.
Maggi Honda, a software developer who lives in Land O’ Lakes, rested inside an empty spa.
“Times are getting better,” she said.
She’s in the market for a spa, she said, because she’s planning on building a screened porch. The price tag: $4,300. She said her income allows it. Her job is secure, she said.
“Everybody needs consultants and computer programmers,” she said. “We always are in demand.”
Afford-A-Spa & Pools of Fort Dodge came with a rippling $3,500 hot tub and a top-of-the-line $10,000 spa. The Sundance Spas Cameo on display has 46 jets, and is adorned with multicolor SunGlow LED lights. It also has a stereo system.
“I wish I could bring a pool in here,” David Folsom, representative, said. “It’s hot enough today.”
According to Folsom, more people buy pools than hot tubs in the summer.
“In the summer, hot tub sales slow down, because nobody likes sitting in the hot water in 100 degrees,” he said. “Unless you’ve got aches and pains. Then the hot water always feels good.”
Hot tubs are mostly purchased for use later in the year, Folsom said.
“Most people start using them in the winter,” he said. “Kick it on, sit outside, snow falling on them. It’s great.”
Afford-A-Spa is often a presence at the Home & Garden Expo.
“It’s been great,” Folsom said. “I’ve enjoyed it. Yesterday, there was some good traffic.”
Denny Staley, Casady Bros. Implement of Webster City, brought with him a line of Gravely products, including zero-turn mowers, lawn edgers, push mower and trimmers.
“We try to bring a variety that would interest people, consumers and gardeners,” Staley said.
Staley said participating in the expo for several years has been lucrative for Casady Bros.
“It’s usually a pretty good show,”he said.
Paradoxically, Staley worried that the good weather would affect attendance.
“This year, I don’t know how the turnout’s going to be with nice weather, if we’re going to see a lot of people or if they’re going to stay home and work on their yard,” he said.
Visitors Saturday were treated to four guest speakers: Rick Lamoureux and Lois McCoy from Fort Dodge Earl May Nursery, on preparing for spring and container gardening; Linda Thomas, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, on how to “get ready for spring’s winged wonders”; Rick Edington of Critter Camp on what they offer and on Dogwatch hidden fence systems; and Katie Kitterman, on Iowa Couponing.
The show continues today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Iowa Central Community College’s Continuing Education building.
This is good news for the Hot tub industry which needs to get back on it’s feet. Good news for one is good news for all, as they say – “a rising tide floats all boats”. Hot tubs and spas could be considered luxury items, so when sales of these items is on the rise, it’s also good news for the economy in general.