With nearly 2,500 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in home improvement, lawn & garden, pet care, plumbing, paint and enough helpful gadgets to choke a Home Depot this May 7-9, you bet that we’re excited for the 2013 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas!
This is the sixth year that the NHS has been hosted in Vegas, and it’s already shaping to be a memorable one between the contests, parties, huge presentations of new products, and a massive section of the show floor reserved solely for The Next Big Thing: Inventor’s Spotlight. We’re especially eager to see what these 62 newcomers are bringing to the table. (Stay tuned for a follow-up article showing some of my favorites!)
It’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for in this immense show due to the show floor’s clearly labeled and color-coded sections. The main subdivisions to scout for the coolest stuff in your areas of interest are listed below, alongside each product category’s theme color as well as a few examples of the trendsetters to be found in the area:
Building Products (Deep Blue) – Grape Solar Inc., Loggerhead Tools, Sealmax, etc.
Homewares (Orange) – Big Mouth Toys, Kole Imports, Sink Magic, etc.
Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living (Lime) - Cactus Imports & Pottery, Birdland Ind. Inc., Koolatron, etc.
Plumbing & Electrical (Red) - Berry Plastics Corp, 3M, US Postal Service, etc.
Farm & Ranch (Forest Green) - Quik Shade, Firebuggz, Salt Depot, etc.
International Sourcing (Gold) - ABM Tools, Black Jack India Ltd., Dragon Trading Inc., etc.
PDRA Paint & Accessories (Violet) - Glue Dots International, Lullaby Paints, Make It Round! Taping Knife, etc.
Storage & Organization (Silver) – FlowerHouse, Hawk Importers Inc, LoopRope, etc.
Hardware & Tools (Sky Blue) – Dickies, Buffalo Tools, JAVA GUM, etc.
Inventors Spotlight (Jet Black) - Gorilla Forks, LLC, Nufoot, RHINO TUFF TOOLS, Inc., etc.
Pet Products (Brown) – Safe Paw, Wild Creations, Precious Cat Inc., etc.
Outdoors & Tailgate Products (Tangerine) - Tuscan Imports, Saber Grills, LLC., Zinger Grills, etc.
And 2013’s two new additions:
Energy Efficient (Yellow Spark) - Polaroid Lighting, Eva-Dry, Twin-Star International, etc.
Made In USA (American Flag) - Bloem Living, Harper Trucks Inc., Imperial Blades, etc.
Some of the other big perks of the National Hardware Show include the privilege of checking out the latest gadgets and goodies before the average consumer does, plenty of great food and since it’s Vegas, I’m sure that the party isn’t limited to the show. The National Hardware Show runs from May 7-9, so be sure to reserve your hotel in advance, because this show is going to be enormous!
Oh, and one more thing- Maybe you could do the good folks at The Handy Camel a favor? The makers of the ultimate clip for large bags is looking for someone to become Handy the camel for the Show! If you are a dancing and singing party animal do us all a favor by applying to become Handy. Being sent to Vegas to be a paid lovable goofball for a few days sounds like a deal to me! Learn all about lending a hump- Er… HAND for The Handy Camel at the bottom of this page.