5 Clever Products You’ll Love

Every time I’m in one of our stores, I find something new that makes my geek meter go up.  Here are my top 5 products you’ve got to try from Waters True Value, right now.


Sugru is amazing. Hands down one of the coolest products I’ve ever seen. Its sole purpose is to fix stuff. Like duct tape, but better than duct tape. First, it’s mouldable. You can transform it into any shape – filling gaps, replace missing parts, or turn it into something standalone, like a hook or door stop. It bonds to almost anything, metal, ceramic, glass, wood and most plastics. It’s flexible like rubber and once set it’s sturdy, yet soft. It’s incredibly strong and can be used indoors and out. Their web site has a ton of examples on how to use it, from practical to awesome.


These products are the end result of years of research, which is comforting to me as I now know that the active ingredient, permethrin, is so tightly bonded to the cloth that it is supposed to provide insect repellent protection for the life of the cloth (a little awesome and freaky at the same time)! It’s odorless, safe to use, and repels all of the icky bugs you can think of (the tick is the worst I can think of and yup, it repels those.). Waters carries blankets, perfect for picnics, watching your kids play sports, or an afternoon playing outside. There are also bandanas for working in the garden, exercising outdoors or maybe you just like to relax on the deck in the evening like me. Whatever your circumstance, Insect Shield is there to provide you an insect-free time without having to douse yourself in chemicals. Score. 


A lot of these products I try not to think too deeply about how they work. It makes my brain hurt. The silicone products from Charles Viancin are a perfect example of that. I don’t know how they work, I just love that they do. They’re made of silicone and will seal to stainless steal, glass, plastic and ceramics. There are lids, strainers, bottle stoppers, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But those are just the facts – here’s the real skinny: they can go in your oven, microwave, and dishwasher. (You can even put the colander in a pot of boiling water with noodles, then just lift and drain!)They’re pretty, so you can relish in the admiration when you take something over to a friend’s house or while you’re entertaining. And they’re great for the environment, no more plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This is truly a revolutionary product and more people need to know about it. For real. 


Perfect for the person in your life who loves gadgets – or the one who consistently overcooks your food (ahem. You know who you are.) This device measures the temp of your food and alerts you on your phone when it’s ready.  Your days of being a slave to the BBQ are over. You can now play a game of catch, help set the table or relax while grilling.


As soon as I saw the gear tie I fell in love. When trying to clean and organize, there’s never enough container and hook options to solve every problem. I always end up with oddball objects that sort of grow into an unmanageable pile. Enter the solution: Gear Ties. Gear ties come in all sorts of sizes and strengths. They are strong and bend to any shape, they’re textured so it makes them grippy, and they can be used and reused. You’re only limited by your imagination. And if that’s not good enough, check out their web site for tips. 🙂 

The best thing about all of these items is that they serve a practical purpose. They’re not all gimmick and no follow-through, they’re something you will use over and over again. And there’s nothing that feels better than buying something that is quirky yet practical and responsible. Yay you!