We were so thrilled to announce the top three finalists for this year’s The Next Big Thing – Lawn Lights™, MAGGIES™ and Tady Tote®! The Next Big Thing is a national product search competition to find the next “it” item – whether it’s the perfect gift, latest gadget or must-have home good. Anyone can enter the competition and it’s an excellent opportunity for creative minds to showcase their innovative products and make their dreams a reality. In addition, anyone can vote for their favorite and contribute to the popular vote!

From now until June 12, anyone can visit our Facebook photo album, The Next Big Thing 2013 Finalists, and “Like” the picture of the product they believe should win! That’s it, just one click. Judges from consumer and trade media as well as industry experts and a former winner will help select The Next Big Thing. The popular vote from Facebook will also count as one judge. 
 
Tady Tote, MAGGIES, and Lawn Lights will each be showcased in a complimentary exhibit space at the Dallas Temp Show in June. The winner will be announced Saturday, June 22 and win a prize package worth more than $12,500. Now, get out there and vote!
 
2013 Finalists:
 
Lawn Lights™, founder Mark Halter, Washington, Ind.
Lawn Lights are illuminated outdoor decorations that blanket a large area in lights, doing for lawns what net lights do for bushes and shrubs. Lawn Lights are primarily used at Christmas, but can be used for weddings and other special occasions. Users can create a unique nighttime display in a short time by unrolling the string of LED lights in arcs, loops or semi-circles and staking them in the ground. No tools, ladders, extension cords or staples are needed. Each set of 36 lights can cover roughly 1,600 to 3,600 square feet depending on how far apart the lights are set. 
 
 
 
 

MAGGIES™, founder Margaret Sinclair, Mabank, Texas
MAGGIES are a patented magnetic textile fastener which are powerful and allow several layers of fabric to be secured without slipping. Ideal for shawls, scarves and sarongs, they hold as securely as stitching and are very simple to use. MAGGIES offer a simple solution for women of all ages who enjoy looking their best and wearing clothing in new and unique ways. They are the original fashion magnet! 
 
 

Tady Tote® , founder Sharon Soloway, Tucson, Ariz.
Tady Tote provides a large, indoor/outdoor cushioned area for a child to play on, from infant tummy time and rolling around to naps at preschool and beyond. Tady Tote converts from bag to mat instantly and has waterproof backing and a snuggly teddy bear blanket that is removable and easy to launder. Large enough for parent and child, Tady Tote also has pockets for baby bottles and snacks. Toys and other items can be left on the mat – users simply fold and go.