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Indianapolis The Do it Best fall market kicked off Oct. 12 with a two-hour “Sneak Peak” of special deals, during which Do it Best member-owners ordered nearly one million units worth a total of $5.8 million. The market officially opened Oct. 13 and ran through Oct. 16.
The category of "Paint & Sundries" was featured in a special exhibit section this year, with guest speakers including Minwax spokesman Bruce Johnson, DIY Network designer Shannon Kaye and professional bass fisherman Brent Chapman. Manufacturers including Mason Select, Sherwin-Williams and Quikrete demonstrated their products on an ongoing basis throughout the market.
Do it Best also has increased its Outdoor Living product selection by 25 percent to 30 percent over last year, reflected in a new 48-page special order catalog. “We’re giving all of our members the option of getting into the category, whether they have a large showroom or a smaller store where most items need to be special ordered through the catalog,” said Gerry Young, associate merchandise manager, outdoor living.
For the first time, Do it Best featured an Eco-Friendly Building Products booth with green building items from 15 companies, including Johns Manville, Renew Plastics and Guardian Building Products.
Market events also included store tours of Sullivan Hardware & Garden in Indianapolis, which has implemented Do it Best’s Signature Store Design program; Rental Zone; and a series of educational seminars. During the annual shareholders meeting on Oct. 14, Do it Best members received a record-setting $126.2 million rebate.