© St. Petersburg Times, published September 7, 2002
Briefs and news of note
The 15th annual Autumn Gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Pinellas Expo Center in Pinellas Park. It's a new location -- the old Sam's Club, at 10601 U.S. 19 N -- for this perennial favorite arts and crafts show. More than 175 crafters will show and sell their work: glass, candles, jewelry, furniture, clothing, calligraphy, pottery, dolls and teddy bears, wreaths and swags, potpourri, herbs and sachets. Admission: $2 adults, $1 12 and younger. Free parking, strollers admitted, food court. Details at http://flgatherings.tripod.com.
Send the kids off on a sleepover with a ReadyBed, which combines a headrest, a slumber bag and a built-in air mattress that inflates in less than a minute with a battery-powered air pump. It comes in four designs: flowers and butterflies, princess, all-sports and glow-in-the-dark planets. The bed measures 67 inches long, appropriate for kids age 3 through early teens. The ReadyBed is $59.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond stores, or visit the Web site at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.
More than two-thirds of apartment dwellers say they are completely satisfied with the quality of their building's maintenance, according to the Census Bureau's American Housing Survey. Of renters earning more than $50,000 a year, 68 percent were completely satisfied, as were 71 percent of those earning less than $20,000 a year and 66 percent of those earning $20,000 to $49,000. Almost 80 percent of all respondents said minor repairs were begun soon enough, and 86 percent said maintenance problems were resolved quickly. One-third of all Americans rent their housing, and 15 percent of all households live in apartments, the National Multi Housing Council says.
The quality of Hunter Douglas blinds ordered from YourBlinds.com was "fine" but the customer service was "exasperating," according to a Wall Street Journal story about ordering window blinds online that appeared Aug. 10. A picture caption with the story attributed poor customer service to Hunter Douglas.
-- Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK