Calling all green thumbs, homebodies to Fall Home and Garden Expo -
Published Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm / Updated at 8:26 pm
Calling all green thumbs, homebodies to Fall Home and Garden Expo

Hundreds of ideas for home design and improvement were on display Saturday at the Fall Home and Garden Expo at the CenturyLink Center.

More than 400 vendors were pitching their wares, even as Husker fans huddled around televisions to catch the game against Minnesota.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the expo, and Mike Mancuso, the show’s producer, was pleased with the turnout.

“We had a good Friday crowd, and today is holding steady,” Mancuso said. “I’m thinking things will pick up after the Husker game.”

Energy-saving and low-maintenance products were common themes at this year’s show, including money-saving items such as improved insulation and ready-made kitchen cabinet facing.

The show served as a one-stop shop for many, including Omaha couple Katie and Oscar Gladman.

They checked off many items on their mental “to-do’ list. They also encountered the unexpected.

“We looked at granite kitchen finishes and bought a tree,” said Katie Gladman. “We even set up chiropractic appointments.”

One display that drew large crowds was the Last Glue booth.

Last Glue is an adhesive similar to other high-powered glues, except it doesn’t stick to your fingers or dry out.

Jamie Tunney of Edmond, Okla., demonstrated fixing various types of cables and women’s shoes with the glue. Bystanders looked on in disbelief as he glued his fingers together and then separated them with no pain or residue.

Tunney has a very personal attachment to the product: He used it to reattach a dental crown.

“It’s non-toxic,” Tunney said. “It’s stayed for over a year.”

A crowd of about 100 people gathered to hear interior designer Vern Yip share his tips for simple and functional home design. Yip is known for his work on television shows such as “Trading Spaces” and “HGTV Design Star.”

Yip encouraged homeowners to experiment with bold patterns and varied textures. He said orange is the “big color” in design right now.

“I guess probably not as big as red is around here,” he joked.

Sitting in the front row were Tonya and Peter Garcia of Bennington. Both are longtime fans of Yip and were hoping to meet him and get some ideas for a bathroom remodel.

Tonya Garcia said she enjoyed the variety of Omaha-based vendors at the show.

“I had done some research on the Internet before I came, but I learned a lot about local options,” she said.

The expo continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Admission is $8.

Contact the writer: Amanda Brandt    |  

Amanda is a part-time newsroom messenger who occasionally writes news features.

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