It's not just the housing markets fighting the economy. Gas prices and even the price of every day food items are on the rise. However, many people are making sure they have a little money left over for spring projects, and vendors at the Shenandoah Valley Home and Garden Show expected a good turn out.
"Gas, I don't know what were going to do about that. Either stay home and starve to death or pay the price," says Deloris Wilmer, who you won't likely see spending money at a home and garden show.
Wilmer and her husband live on a fixed income, and they put items for their home off until it was absolutely necessary.
She says, "Well you can't really afford to right now. We bought a sink in here [Lowe's] the other day and a faucet, but that's because we really needed it."
However, vendors at the home and garden show are optimistic about this years sales.
"It just seems like we're a little protected from the outside areas with the recession and things like that, cause this is such a beautiful and popular area," says William Constable, who works for Outdoor Impressions Landscaping.
He says putting money into your home is a necessity.
"It good to put money into your home. That's your best investment. The residential market is a little slow, but the commercial market is booming here in Harrisonburg," says Constable.
Chad Layman works with Fine Earth Landscaping and he says he's optimistic about sales this weekend and that he doesn't see big problems with the Valley's economy.
"We have a lot of things going for us here in the Valley. JMU pumps in $300-million in retail a year. There's a lot of strong business agriculture that's still going strong," says Layman.
The home and garden shows hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. at the JMU Convocation Center.