Vendors at this year’s Home, Vacation and RV show in Rochester, Minn., say over the past year the economy has turned their business into a waiting game, according to KAAL-TV, Austin, Minn.
“Everybody was saying they’re waiting a year or two,” says Dave Derby of Derby Construction.
“It’s just been a little harder to get people to spend the money,” says David Marquez of Universal Marine and RV.
Business owners say a lot of people came to last year’s show but didn’t necessarily spend their money, but this year they say that’s different.
Remodelers saw a change.
“This year’s show alone we got 60-some estimates to do, quite a few new homes, some remodels, kitchen bathrooms a little exterior work also,” says Derby.
“Just under 30 appointments that we set up here in the last few days,” says Ron Simon of Luxury Bath of Rochester.
And also for Marquez. “I think they’re sick and tired of not doing anything,” he says. He says he made 12 sales by Saturday, which beats his total of six last year.
But business owners say they’re hopeful that the sales will continue long after the show is over.
“I think the economy is gonna come back through grassroots, small business,” says Simon.
But also through buyers like Steven Nelson. “Just to look at the campers maybe the RV’s. We’re thinking of maybe upgrading and see what else is out there,” he says.