ECR HOUSE AND GARDEN SHOW KICKS OFF TO A GOOD START
Written by: Thembelenkosini Makhuba
The Annual East Coast Radio House and Garden Show began its first run on Friday, the 30th June 2017.
Hosted at the Durban Exhibition Centre, the event will run for 10 days and houses over 480 exhibitors.
The show has been running for over two decades and offers the latest interior, trends, kids entertainment, DIY gardening and much more.
Online entrepreneur and owner of Trestle South Africa, Caron van Wyk, said that it is her third time exhibiting and that the show is much bigger this year.
“I didn’t exhibit last year but (did) the year before. I’d say the show is much bigger this time but also you do learn over the years the kind of people that come through to the house and garden show could be different to those at Decorex,” said van Wyk.
Caron added that the House and Garden Show is vital for marketing ones’ business.
“It’s more of an opportunity to engage with people and market your business, it’s a valuable part of what we are doing here today,” she added.
Attendees of the show described it as being very informative. Kimberly Henman, an attendee, compared this year’s event to last year’s.
“It’s not my first time here, I enjoy it very much. I think this year though they could have made the ticket prices a little cheaper,” said Henman.
Another exhibitor Ryan Rollin, stressed the importance of such shows.
“As a business I’ve exposed my business to a large new client base and achieved a lot of exposure.”
Ryan advised new exhibitors to put a lot in to their displays.
“Make your stand look good, this draws in people. Also Interact with people and smile but most importantly have fun,” Rollin said.
The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show director, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, described the show as having a broad audience.
“There is pretty much something for everyone. It’s for anyone who is looking for a good day out or if you’re looking for inspiration or trends to refresh their home,” she highlighted.
*Caption: Various exhibition stands at the East Radio House and Garden Show inside the Durban Exhibition Centre.