2012 International Home and Housewares Show

March 12, 2012 4:34:36 AM PDT
Lisa Casey-Weiss, lifestyle consultant for the International Housewares Association, talks about the show at McCormick Place.


2012 International Home and Housewares Show
The global housewares and homegoods marketplace
Sponsored by the International Housewares Association

Dates: March 10-13, 2012
Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location: McCormick Place Exposition Center, Chicago, Illinois

Online Show: http://www.housewares.org

Products shown on ABC7 Chicago:

Jelly Belly Dual Ice Shaver -- West Bend
Every day is a special day with the Jelly Belly Dual Ice Shaver! Serve up shaved ice treats for your family, friends and neighbors in fun Jelly Belly flavors. Compact, easy-to-use machine. www.focuselectrics.com. Available spring. $35-50

Amco Salad Chopper
Salad prep is a breeze with this hand-held device. Chop your lettuce and other veggies right in the bowl all together with this clever gadget. www.amcohouseworks.com. Available April. $7.99.

Farberware Trap Door Colander
A convenient trap door drops food directly out of the bottom of the colander, eliminating messy spills and keeping hands free from hot steam and food. www.lifetimebrands.com. Available summer. $14.99.

Babycakes Pie Pop Maker
Super mini and super cute! From the people who brought us the mini cupcake maker and the cake pop maker, here comes the pie pop maker! Bake sweet and savory bite-sized pies on a stick, six at a time in just four minutes. www.thebabycakesshop.com. Availabile now. $24.99.

Walnut Mosiac Collection - Affero Systems
Dress up your kitchen with this beautiful decorative item that is actually a cutting board and knife storage piece in one. www.afferocuttingboards.com. Available June. $224.98.

Step -Up Ironing Board - Fresh Source International
Cut down on that laundry room or utility closet clutter with a convenient ironing board and step ladder in one. Also perfect for those in apartments or small spaces. www.freshsourceusa.com. Available Summer. $59.99-69.99.

Zyliss 3 in 1 Folding Grater
It's not your grandmother's box grater! This grater unfolds for easy cleaning and folds flat for easy storage. www.zyliss.com. Available now. $24.99.

Other Event info:

Products: Thousands of housewares and homegoods products for every room in the house, apartment or condo - and outdoor living, too. From high-end international design to trend-setting basics, products range from kitchen electrics and home environment to gourmet specialty foods and cookware, from bakeware and kitchen tools to home decor, space organizers and cleaning products, and home healthcare to pet supplies and seasonal decor.

Exhibitors: Nearly 2,100 exhibitors - more than 500 new - with 30 percent of exhibitors coming from outside the U.S. Organized pavilions and independent exhibitors will feature products from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Taiwan and Turkey and others.

Attendance: 60,000 total attendees (including buyers and sellers, trade guests and news media) from 125 countries. More than 21,000 buyers are expected from around the globe. 75 percent of all U.S. retail buyers are specialty retailers.

Economics: The Show is one of the top 5 largest trade events at McCormick Place. Attendee expenditures in the City of Chicago during the 2011 Show totaled $83.7 million.