Rapid City Home Show kicks off at Civic Center; unique vendors - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Home Show kicks off at Civic Center; unique vendors


With more than 400 booths and 200 vendors, the Black Hills Home Builder Association's Home Show brings out thousands of people, all looking for ways to make their house a home. The home-improvement event runs from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30. 

One unique vendor at the show is a furniture booth called Mustache Flats. Swede Schmidt, Mustache Flats' builder, puts together various types of furniture to make interesting pieces.

For example, one table has strips of tin down the middle which Schmidt says are from an old brothel. And the wooden frame comes from a horseless carriage shop in Idaho. 

Schmidt says he's making furniture you don't find anywhere else. His booth offers around 400 pieces and all but three were hand crafted by him. "If you see the furniture in your home and it don't make you smile, you've got the wrong stuff," said Schmidt. "We're here to provide the right stuff."

Schmidt is just one example of interesting home improvement booths at the Civic Center.

Jeff Lage, event chairman, says he's seen a 50/50 split on people building new homes or renovating old ones. "The market has come around a bit more, and there is a lot of new construction going on," said Lage. "But a lot of people are happy where they're at, not quite sure where they would move to, so there's a tremendous amount of remodeling," said Lage. 

Here's a look at the schedule:

  • March 28 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • March 29 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • March 30 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults. Kids 12 and younger are free. 



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