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I’ll be driving to North Carolina on Sunday night to attend the the High Point Furniture Market. I love going down there to see all that is new and inspiring in home furnishings and design. The market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, and according to the IHFC website, it brings more than 85,000 people to High Point every six months for its two markets. The market is open to members of the trade only, and we’ll be scouting for new items for our furniture store.
Since there is about 12 million square feet of showroom space, it would be virtually impossible for anyone to see all of it. It’s all I can do to make it through three full days of visiting the company lines that we already carry. There’s a lot of walking involved, so I wear the most comfortable flats I have. No high heels for this girl! There are a few showrooms I know of that actually have foot massagers so dealers can rest their weary tootsies. And I can attest as to how good a massage can feel after walking miles and miles, even in sensible shoes.
With over 2000 exhibitors at the market, you obviously have to narrow down your focus as to what you want to see. We visit the showrooms of most of our store’s top lines, but we also like to keep a look-out for new companies that can enhance or possibly even replace some of our existing ones. That aspect of market is always the most fun for me. I love scouting out new vendors who offer unique accessories.
I’m also using the trip as an opportunity for me to find and order some furniture for our own home. I’m hoping to find just the right sofa, chairs, or sectional for the great room so I can move the existing leather pieces into the study. I’ll be needing all new tables, lamps, and accessories, since I plan on going a bit more contemporary. Do I have a plan, or what?
Our master bedroom suite with the mahogany rice bed just doesn’t suit our style anymore, so I also want to look for something more transitional. And the current media room will be transitioned back into a sunroom, so maybe I’ll find some wicker for it. Looking for all of this and things for the store won’t be too daunting a task, will it?
*** Thought I’d let you in on a little secret. Mr. Sullivan has this little “rule” that I am very guilty of bending~ uh, how about just not following? He says if I am going to buy something new, I need to sell the old stuff first. It’s a good thing this rule has never been enforced! But I have him figured out~ he just likes to play at giving me a hard time… *big grin* He knows I’ll eventually sell the old things; in fact, I’ve always sold them just by word of mouth - talking to customers, workmen, or displaying photos at my yard sales. I’ve been pretty lucky- in the past, I’ve sold everything I wanted to replace except the old formal dining room. It’s still in the garage storage room awaiting a buyer.
So I’ll be missing in action until Thursday. It’s going to be a whirlwind trip, but it’s something I look forward to each time I go. I’ll take as many photos as I can get away with; many of the showrooms do not allow you to take pictures.
See you when I get back.