Making your way through the 1,200 exhibits and 13 acres of the 36th Annual Southern California Home and Garden Show can be a bewildering, overwhelming, disorienting, exhausting experience. But, by following a few tips, it can be a lot of fun, too.
Get a map. Any compendium of home-show advice has to begin with this: Don't take a step inside until you've taken your bearings, know where you are and where your car is, and have established some easy-to-spot rendezvous points in case you or a loved one become swept away in the tide of browsers.
Go on a weekday afternoon if at all possible. Evenings after dinner and weekends are like New York City sidewalks at quitting time.
If you are interested in some special product, say, roofing material, plot your course through the exhibit halls. Anybody who's anybody in the roofing business will be in the show, and they will probably all be situated in more or less the same general vicinity. Make an itinerary and try to stick to it.