Hundreds flock to Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show
Cy-Fair homeowners looking to replace their windows, install outdoor turf, create their own man cave or all of the above had a one-stop shop this weekend.
The 12th annual Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show, held on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 at The Berry Center, hosted numerous home improvement specialists including gardeners, landscapers, contractors and more. The event also featured Lori Verderame, also known as Dr. Lori, an appraiser providing free appraisals for attendees.
Tony Wood, organizer of the event and president of Texwood Shows, said the event is a one-stop shop for homeowners looking to have improvements made to their home, like replacing carpet or a countertop, or searching for a new addition to their space such as a hot tub or a deck. Wood said he partnered with Cy-Hope, a nonprofit benefiting at-risk youth in the Cy-Fair area, for the event.
“We’re trying to bring in people of like interest, people who want stuff done to their home and the people who will do that stuff to their home,” he said. “A lot of our people are either people who are empty nesters or soon to be empty nesters and so the bedroom, or the stuff that’s been the kids’ rooms, are now available or there’s more money.”
The event featured more than 200 exhibitors like 21st Century Sunrooms, Ideal Security, Katy Kustom Gutters, Light of Mine Rock Candles and Magnolia Outdoor Living. Featured exhibitors include Diane Cowen with the Houston Chronicle, who spoke about design, and Tom Tynan, the host of HomeShow Radio on 610 Sports Radio.
One of the featured events at Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show was Dr. Lori’s Antique Appraisal Show hosted by Lori Verderame. Verderame is known for her status as an appraiser on The Curse of Oak Island, a show on the History Channel, and the 150 shows she does around the country. She said she has been to the Cy-Fair Home and Garden Show several times before.
Verderame said her experience, including a Ph.D. in art history and more than 20 years of appraisals, helped attendees know the value of their objects, large or small, for free.
“People usually drive several hours to come and see me when I’m in a general area because they know I’m going to tell the truth about what they’ve got and what it’s really worth.” she said. “Most appraisers are buyers and then they want to get something low or low value and then they sell it for their own gain. I’m trying to teach America what they have so they don’t make a mistake like that.”
Wood said attendees had the chance to recieve deals on purchases that they would not be able to get outside of the show.
“Basically, if you own a home there’s generally something you want to do to that home,” Wood said. “Nothing is never perfect. You know you want to replace a carpet, you know you want to put a new countertop in, you want to add a pool, you want to add an arbor or a deck.”