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Philly Home and Garden Show returns

OAKS, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Dog training, upcycled home decor, and an at-home pickleball court are just some of the things people are seeing this weekend as the Philly Home and Garden Show returns to the region, through Sunday evening.

Nearly 300 vendors at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks showcase everything from saunas and hot tubs, to solar powered roof shingles. Attendees get help from contractors and tour modular homes, but there are so many creative businesses onsite as well, like Montgomery County-based Dream Hutz.

“We come to your house and set up a bed and all the decorations that go with your theme for how many guests you’re having,” explained founder and owner Allie Kozej, “and then we come back the next day and clean it all up.”

Doug Walsh was there on behalf of Superior Play Systems, which sells outdoor recreational equipment, such as basketball hoops and playground slides. “You can do lights, you can do containment netting, just about anything you want to do for sports, we can get on this thing,” he said.

Among the other vendors in attendance are Bee Creek Hickory Syrup and Little Tall Rulers’ Amanda Pluck, who runs the event’s “Make It, Take It” crafting classes.

Philly Home and Garden Show returns

The “Make It, Take It” crafting workshops are part of the Philly Home and Garden Show.

Photo credit Conner Barkon/KYW Newsradio

“We love to take things that are old and make them new. We’re upcycling, we’re doing hats with recycled materials,” she said.

Visitors checked out basement arcades, home renovation ideas and some even bought local spotted lanternfly honey.

Joe Locasale had home improvement in mind when he arrived, but seemed intrigued by a grandfather clock vendor. “You know, we need a clock repaired, so we will probably stop here and ask about getting a clock repaired,” he said.

Even television personalities were drawn to the event. Pennsylvania native Steve Ford is co-host of the HGTV show “Restored by the Fords.”

“I’m looking for things that I need and want,” he said, “and things that just kind of inspire me.”

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