We attended the Buffalo Home + Garden Show last weekend, just for fun, to get a little insight into newer technologies and improvement processes. Not only are the free pens and lip glosses top of the line (pomegranate!), but we stumbled upon a few cool products too. I think you’ll like them.
First of all, the swag. (Please, I hope someone other than me is reading it “stuff we all get…. swwwwaaaag” like Michael Scott.) I’m mostly excited about the new magazines; I don’t subscribe to any of these at the moment, although Buffalo Spree’s a nice to have and I even have friends outside of Buffalo that still subscribe. And I just had to have DESIGNNY and the Under The Dome catalogue, which highlights the Botanical Gardens.
And way to go, Natural Fuel; we made out well with you, scoring at least $15 worth of insulation products, which, I’ll add, completely covered the cost of our bought-online-at-discount tickets. We don’t even get Natural Fuel here in Rochester, but I can tell you that this sways me to like you more than our current provider. Yes, we only took one bag although I’m sure their marketing budget would have permitted us to take two. Electric switch sealers, you say?
This next one of Pete is just a subtle reminder that we really want Verizon FiOS in Rochester. Work on it, Verizon. And we really don’t need any more of these reusable bags, but it definitely was the strongest bag we picked up along the way and therefore was well worth it since we (well, I) picked up a lot of swwwwaaagggg.
I really dug Waste Management’s DIY dumpster system, Bagster. Although it’s a comparable price, yet less space than a real dumpster, you wouldn’t have to deal with the delivery planning and time limits so many contractors make you commit to. And it still holds a LOT (3,300 pounds, or 42 sheets of drywall, which we’re oh so familiar with the size/weight of after this project). A dumpster bag, in a bag. I could hardly contain my amazement. I should have known about this. Besides being less obtrusive than a huge metal dumpster sinking into your blacktop, the best part to me is that you can go pick it up when you want (it’s $30 at our Lowe’s), so it’s ready to use as soon as you are, say, if you were waiting for a perfectly warm weekend to demo the bathroom or replace windows or clean out the garage. When you’re ready for it to be picked up, Waste Management drives on over, hauls it into it’s dumpster, and it can go straight into the landfill. They do charge for pickup based on your location, but even considering the cost to purchase and the pick-up fees, it’s not unreasonable in exchange for the benefit of having a dumpster on hand all the time. Note: the rep totally told me it was biodegradable at the show, but I can’t find anything to validate that on their website, boo.)
(Editors note 3/23/2011: The Bagster is made of polypropylene, a material that will decompose over time, so that makes me like it even more. According to Sr. Marketing Manager at Waste Management, Dave Friedman, they’re working on a way to effectively and safely remove the Bagster from the disposal process so it can be recycled. His comment validates what the show sales rep informed me of. Cheers to that! Thanks for the contribution, Dave!)
Nonetheless, a good product for small projects. Also, brand freaks, Bagster was highlighted by Ad Age as One Of America’s Hottest Brands.
How about the next goodie? Meet Kanberra Gel. What? Yeah, I hadn’t heard about it either but you can pretty much guarantee than anything related to mold and overall poor air quality gives me the chills after watching Income Properties and Holmes on Homes, marathon-style.
The product (that sample that I snagged in the photo above) is a fresh-scented cream that, according to the brochure, is an “all natural, safe and effective air purifier [that] eliminates bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms.”
I had to try the Kanberra sample – it’s at work right now and based on the evaporation rate, it may only be for a few more days. The gel starts to dry out and slowly crack and disappear, all while neutralizing odors, and ridding the home of bacteria, molds, and all other kinds of things you don’t want to believe are actually there. It comes in a few different sizes (2-16oz containers) to treat areas as small as closets, as large as basements, and even works to purify household HVAC units (in a model that works directly with air handler units).
The last product we were wooed by was the Englert LeafGuard gutter system. I don’t even need new gutters (yet), but you know that feeling when you know there’s a better, more efficient model of something and you just have to have it? These gutters are more unique than traditional models because it’s [entering a brochure quote] “the only seamless, one-leaf protection available… that’s built to stay clog-free.”
I can think of plenty of homes with gutters that must be congested with leaves on a routine basis (mine’s not one of them, fortunately). The price wasn’t enormous either, especially given that you’d be saving on gutter cleanings and (yes, this is real) they’re guaranteed as long as you own your home.
Cool stuff, right?
OH. Just one more thing. I’m posting a picture of this dog house in hopes that someone will make me one for Cody. It even matches the big casa.
*I’m not affiliated with any of these products, and haven’t been paid to endorse any of them. The swag is just that, and no funds were exchanged for being featured in this post.