Time for a few shots from the trade show floor. A smaller trade show floor than 2007, and a much smaller show floor than 2005. The show is getting smaller, and it seems everyone now notice’s this trend.
Why? I don’t know . . . there are probably several factors at work, and several reasons I’m sure I know nothing about. Most attendees I asked did not speculate the main reason for the smaller show on the impending economic slowdown-if there is even going to be one.
|Semco Booth, a stone, paver, supplier From CENTS 2008|
The above shows how most stone suppliers try and sell their wares, by giving us a great idea on how to design, install, sell these products. They are appealing to our senses, and we got that lifestyle thing going on. Gotta push that lifestyle thing.
Below is a nice looking fountain and I cannot find in my notes which booth this is-I will keep looking because I think this was a good one and they need the recognition, I think they need the recognition-but hey what do I know.
|Dangit’, booth unknown, From CENTS 2008|
Below is some pottery from the American Pottery company near Atlanta, Ga. These are high fired pots, and the glazing is really great. I considered taking some of these home with me, but I didn’t have the room at the time. Ordering and shipping seem to be in my future.
|100 or more in the booth, From CENTS 2008|
There were several vendors at the show selling pottery. I do not see this trend slowing down anytime soon, that is . . . to use big pots, urns, colorful vases, “plant holders” in the landscape.
The technology for pots is getting better concerning frost/freeze resistance and that will open up markets and allow folks like me more options in designing patio, seating, walkway areas etc.
This display below was the Techo-Bloc booth, suppliers of concrete products that they want to look like stone. We all know how many different types of these products are out there( a lot), and there seems to be no end in sight. Pavers, walls, steps, columns caps . . . you name it . . . it’s made in concrete to look like stone.
I’m a stone freak and would always use stone but I recognize the economic impact of using the concrete product. The products are getting better in strength, color, texture, and overall aesthetic. These products are here to stay.
Here’s another image where we are looking at the other end of the display booth showing the “kitchen”.
|Just needs a fridge, From CENTS 2008|
That is a very, small sampling of the trade show floor. I never shoot pictures of trucks, skid-steers, etc. As for trees, shrubs, perennials I could have taken a lot of shots but for some reason I never seem to be compelled to take those types of images. Those booths always look the same.
That will do it on the CENTS Show for this year. Time to look to the season, which is one of the great things about this show. The optimism it brings to all the attendees for the season ahead. Onward we go.