Our trip to High Point was primarily to find some fresh, new accessories for the store. Within the next month or so, many of the items we ordered will be shipped and we can place them throughout the showroom. Using accessories to enhance the furniture in our stores alleviates the sterile and bland look of a showroom setting. It also allows customers to see what the furnishings could look like in an actual home environment. I realize that many people like to purchase their accent pieces in stores such as Home Goods, Marshalls, Ross, and Tuesday Morning because of the less expensive price points. It’s not a bad thing- sometimes you can find a bargain. But often times, the merchandise is a “second” or a closeout from the manufacturer, so it can be difficult to find multiple numbers of an item. We make certain that the accessory lines we carry do not sell current merchandise to these types of retailers. Consumers have to be diligent in checking for quality and price when they shop at stores like this. Not everything is a bargain in these types of stores, just as not everything is a bargain in the big warehouse stores like Sam’s or Costco. That information aside, I’m going to show you a few more items that I saw in some of the showrooms we shopped. Photos were taken with the aging point and shoot I always haul to market, so they aren’t as clear as I’d like them to be.
Accessories mean much more than artwork and chotskies on a tabletop. We try to find fun occasional tables that are practical, as well as functional. This metal stool/side table is one example. It has a hammered top and a metal strapping support system as its base. The industrial look is still very hot in this spring market.
The legs forming the base of this table remind me of a surveyor’s tool. It’s a combination look of both rustic and industrial.
The game room seemed to be a recurring theme in many of the furniture showrooms. We saw all varieties of gaming tables and the equipment used to play them.
Speaking of games….. here’s a clock face that’s a reproduction of an old gaming wheel. I’ve been looking for a gaming wheel for years and actually saw one in the same showroom with the lodge accessories I posted about yesterday, but the cost was just too high. The showroom owner was a “picker” and had found it in one of his travels up north. I think I’ll eventually find a wheel at one of the barn sales I love to hit; it just may take some time.
The industrial look once again…. this time in a set of clocks. Set the time in your choice of time zones!
I loved this reproduction locker table. This look would be so easy to duplicate for the DIY-er. You build a small frame, set some lockers of top of it, add some casters, and you’re done. The fan with the clock placed in the middle of the housing is a “cool” look.
This stool comes in many different colors, but I’ll be using this greige color for my own great room. I ordered new furniture when we attended a small trade show recently. The fabric has been back-ordered, which gives me plenty of time to have the room painted. I have to hire it out- no way am I climbing up on scaffolding in this 20-foot high room!
Today is a much better day for my wrenched back- yippee! I’m going to attempt some painting today- or at least tape off the woodwork. I wish I had the steadiness of hand that good painters do. I tend to be a brush wobbler and end up with paint all over the place. Back again tomorrow with some more photos.