Organizers say no less than 400 new (yes, new) exhibitors
will be on hand to share their wares across all home product
categories. Add to that the tens of thousands of new gadgets
offered by other exhibitors, and there’s your proof housewares
are going through the roof.
Phil Brandl, president and CEO of the International
Housewares Association (IHA), the group that puts on show,
says sure, a general upswing in the economy and improving housing sales aren’t hurting. “But really, even in a tepid
economy, sales of home goods don’t usually dip as much as
So what is up with housewares? Interest. That’s what’s up. Way up — hotter than the inside of a shiny new invective oven.
The 2014 International Home +
Housewares Show returns, once again, to
Chicago this month — and it sold out in