Feb 16

*CLOSED*Spring 2011 Capital Home & Garden Show Tickets Giveaway

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED VIA EMAIL*

Ready to get your garden in gear this spring, or perhaps tackle your next home-improvement project?

Next Friday, February 25th – Sunday February 27th, 2011 is the annual Capital Home & Garden Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. My family and I have attended this event for years and really think it’s one of the best home shows in the DC  metro area. If you’re looking to take on a home or landscaping project, if you enjoy gardening or want to see two HGTV stars in person, you’ll definitely want to attend! You’ll also get the chance to find out the latest design trends, attend sessions with celebrity experts in the home & garden industry, meet with local vendors to discuss your home projects and collect S.W.A.G. (you know “Stuff We All Get”… I love the yellow plastic construction hard hats for kids that Moss Design has given out in the past plus there seem to be plenty of free candy, pens, rulers, key chains, etc.). Be sure to ask vendors if they have any special home show discounts if you sign up; many of them are offering discounts or coupons for home show attendees.

This is an event for the whole family! Some of the highlights of this year’s show include:

  • Chip Wade, celebrity contractor and master carpenter from HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” and “Curb Appeal: The Block”. Appearing Saturday & Sunday to discuss “Lessons Learned from TV Make-Overs.” Schedule of appearance is listed here.
  • William Moss, “The Garden Boss,” from HGTV’s “Dig In”. Appearing Saturday & Sunday to discuss “Container Gardening: Solutions for Small Space Gardening.” Schedule of appearance is listed here.
  • Mike McGrath from WTOP News Radio will share his expertise in gardening. Appearing Friday, February 25th only. His sessions include: “Get Your lawn Off Drugs!” (11:00 am), “Grow your best tasting tomatoes ever” (2:00 pm), “Organic Answers to your Toughest Garden Questions” (4:00 pm).
  • Idea Gardens – Stroll through the Ideas Gardens created by the region’s top landscaping companies and featuring the newest gardening techniques and designs. These are some grand-scale gardens with whimsical themes even set to music; lots of fun to check out!
  • For Kids: Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog presented by WETA. Clifford will be appearing at the show Saturday, February 26th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Enjoy the sounds of the Classical WETA Players brass quintet when they perform live from the Idea Gardens. Appearing Saturday, February 26th at 4:00 pm.
  • Over 750 exhibits representing local companies and contractors in the remodeling, design, garden and home improvement-related industries.

Kids 5 and under have free admission and children 6-12 years old are only $3.00 per ticket. Regular adult admission is $13.00. But, I’m happy to have the opportunity to giveaway 2 free tickets to 5 lucky winners! You have up to four ways to enter:

  1. Simply leave a comment on this blog post by Tuesday 2/22/11 11:59 pm ET letting me know you want to attend the home & garden show.
  2. Extra entry given if you share your favorite item in your home or garden (it could be a favorite room, favorite piece of furniture, favorite decor item, favorite plant, etc.). Please leave this as a separate comment from the first entry.
  3. Extra entry given if you subscribe to my blog (please leave a comment letting me know you subscribe via RSS or email).
  4. Extra entry given if you follow both @FrugalFriends & @CapitalHomeShow on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway “@FrugalFriends is giving away free tickets to @CapitalHomeShow in Chantilly, VA Feb. 25-27. Enter here http://bit.ly/i8Y5Vq”  (please leave a comment letting me know you follow on Twitter and provide the time stamp/link to your tweet).

This giveaway is open through Tuesday 2/22/11 11:59 pm ET. I will randomly choose 5 winners on Wednesday 2/23/11, will email them notification, and mail out the tickets soon thereafter.

Good luck and gear up for the spring by attending the Capital Home Show next weekend!

Disclosure: Special thanks to the Capital Home Show marketing & PR firm for supplying these free tickets for my readers! On a side note, my husband’s company has an exhibit at the home show each year and so as an exhibitor we’ve gotten complimentary tickets for the past years as each exhibitor does. This giveaway is held separate from the tickets supplied to my husband’s company and has been coordinated directly through the Capital Home Show team. The opinions shared in this post are my own, and I love to share great deals, local events and giveaways for my readers!

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Soliday February 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I would love to attend! We are planning on adding an addition this year, so we’re looking for ideas! :)

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Mary Soliday February 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

RSS subscriber :)

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Mary Soliday February 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Favorite item would have to be my family room.

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Jennifer Burke February 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

How awesome! I love this blog for so many reasons; good luck to you!

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Jennifer Burke February 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

My favorite room would have to be my bedroom. I love having a place of my own to relax and decompress after a busy day. This is the room I am planning to work next.

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carly February 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I would love to attend! We just moved to the area and I am an avid couponer. I just found your blog (while looking for discounted Wash.Post sub) and LOVE it. I subscribe via email and my favorite thing in my house is my antique cabinet I use to store and organize our homeschool books. I love, love, love that thing:)

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frugalfriends February 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks so much for the comment Carly & welcome to the DC metro area! So glad you found my blog!
Since you had 3 qualifying entries in your comment, I’m adding this comment as an additional entry for you.
“Carly – fav thing in house is antique cabinet”
Thanks!
Laura

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frugalfriends February 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

And here’s your additional entry: “Carly – subscribes via email”
Hope you’re enjoying this lovely Spring-like weather today and are liking the Northern VA/ Wasington DC region!

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Jennifer February 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I would love to attend the Home Show. My husband and I just bought a home in 2009 and have started finding out that many of the things that passed the home inspection, actually did not. We had a really bad inspector.
We also have a lot of landscaping to work on this year and would love to check out some of the local businesses.

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Jennifer February 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I subscribe via email.

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Ani February 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I’d love to be able to attend the show, we’re always looking for good ideas.

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Ani February 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My favorite item in our home is a beautifully framed picture of our whole family.

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Karen February 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My hubby and I would love to attend!

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Karen February 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

My favorite room in my house is my laundry room. The previous owners painted it this crazy shade of orange…and now I totally love it! It’s such a happy color… it makes doing laundry not seem like such a chore.

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Lisa February 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Hubby has always wanted to attend the Expo and this year he wants to start a boxed garden. Hopefully he can get some ideas while at the show.

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Sarah G February 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I would really love to attend!!! It’s sounds so informative and fun!

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Sarah G February 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I love the built-in bookshelves in my daughter’s room.

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Sarah G February 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm
Sarah G February 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I’m a subscriber with Google Reader.

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Kirsten T. February 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I am thinking of doing a raised garden bed for my veggies this year. I bet there’s a ton of info at the show about that! I’ve never been!

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Kirsten T. February 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I subscribe to email!

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Kirsten T. February 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I follow frugal friends on twitter too!

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Kirsten T. February 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

my favorite thing would be a nice veggie garden if I can get it to grow!

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Susan W February 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

We recently moved from a 3 BR home with a den to a 1 bed 1 bath condo with a balcony! I miss my gardens, especially the herb garden. We also loved the Colorado H & G show. Some high schools would design and build gardens there, those that offer classes in landscape design. They were great, so I look fed to comparing!

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Susan W February 19, 2011 at 12:30 am

Just found you. My favorite place is a herb and flower garden. Another favorite place is being on my bicycle!

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Karen Hamlin February 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I would love to attend the Home & Garden Show!

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Karen Hamlin February 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

My favorite place is my study.

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Karen Hamlin February 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I subscribe to your email.

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Erika February 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I just saw the add for this and thought that it would be a great show to attend…fingers crossed my number pops up! What a fun weekend activity…and I know my daughter would love to see Clifford on her 5th birthday :)

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Erika February 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

My favorite thing in my house is our playroom. It gives our girls a place to play while keeping MOST of their toys confined to one area…making it a little easier to have a clean house.

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Erika February 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I subscribed to your emails…don’t know why I didn’t do this before!

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Maria February 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I just found your blog & love it! :) AND I would LOVE to attend the Home & Garden Show!!

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Maria February 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

My favorite thing in my house are the PAX wardrobes in my bedroom from IKEA. Not only are they completely customizable as far as shelves, drawers, rods, etc….I was able to place them so that they act as room dividers as well.

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Steve February 21, 2011 at 8:38 am

Looking forward to the expo! I’d love to go.

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Steve February 21, 2011 at 8:40 am

My favorite piece of decor in my house I think would be my Crate & Barrel wine rack / glasses holder / liquor cabinet that I got super cheap on Craigslist.

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Steve February 21, 2011 at 8:40 am
Steve February 21, 2011 at 8:41 am

…and I now read your blog via RSS in my Google Reader.

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Jen H. February 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

I’m starting to decorate my apartment and have been having a lot of luck finding items from estate sales in the area. I’d love to go to the show to get some ideas of what to look for at future sales!

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Jen H. February 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

My favorite item in my house is a retro hanging lamp from the 1960s. It’s yellow and green with gold trim, which sounds gaudy, I know, but I’m convinced I just haven’t found the right surroundings for it. :)

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Tracey February 22, 2011 at 6:49 am

We would love to go to this event! We have several home improvement projects on the horizon for our aging townhouse. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Winds February 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

My husband and I are going to be buying our first house this spring, so this show is going to be interesting to go to!

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Winds February 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

My favorite thing in the house is the kitchen. Cooking is important to both of us, and it’s always been the center of the household for both of us growing up.

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Winds February 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

And I just subscribed through Google Reader.

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Gladys A February 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

I would love to attend the Home and Garden show this year.I will help me find ideas to use around the house.

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Gladys A February 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

My favorite room in my home is the morning room, because its absolutely calming in the morning to drink my cup of coffee.

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Gladys A February 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

I subscribed to your blog through email ;).

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Gladys A February 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

I followed frugal friends and capital home show on twitter and also tweeted , http://twitter.com/#!/gladycineibanez/status/40081391391604736 !

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Shawna Bardos February 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

We would love to get some good ideas for our garden!

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Kim C February 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

Too funny, Mike McGrath is someone that will be there – thats my dad’s name!!!
I’d love to go to this :)

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Kim C February 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

I subscribe via RSS!

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Kim C February 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

My favorite item in my home is a shabby/chic hutch that was handed down to us by family. Its too cute, and so shabby/chic that I don’t want to paint it!

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John C. Riester Jr. February 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Would love to go to the Show

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Krissee February 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

oh baby. i’m planning the best garden this year. this is the year. but how on earth do you know when the last frost has passed when we have weather like this week?

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Patti L February 22, 2011 at 7:43 pm

I want to attend the home & garden show.!

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Patti L February 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

My favorite item in my home or garden : A windchime that we rec’d as a wedding present 11 years ago!

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Allison C February 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I would like to attend the Home and Garden Show!

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Allison C February 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

My favorite item is our swinging bookshelf to access under the stair storage.

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