We actually accomplished quite a bit in only a few days during this whirlwind weekend at the furniture market. It was a quick seven-hour drive down to High Point, so we had plenty of time to hit the showrooms downtown, as well as a few within the main building on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, many of them were still being set up, so we weren’t able to shop. Most of the showrooms were still under construction-everyone must have worked through the night to be ready for the official market opening on Saturday. We ended up just walking the corridors to see what inspiration we could find. After all, seeing the new trends is half the fun when you attend this show.
It was anticipated that this year’s spring market was going to be a busy one, but we really didn’t see much evidence of that- only a few showrooms were truly bustling with activity. I think that many retailers don’t like to leave their businesses and attend market over the weekend, since that is when they get the most sales traffic. Maybe attendance will be picking up during the week.
These are just a few shots of what we saw as we tried to navigate through Market Square. It wasn’t easy- the hallways were strewn with cardboard boxes and packing materials and you couldn’t get into the actual showrooms to take pictures. We left after only a short while but went back the next day when everyone was open.
I found one showroom on the outskirts of the building that had loads of wine bottles and wrapped demi-johns. Oh how I wanted them all! But at a wholesale cost of $145 to $200 apiece, it just wasn’t going to happen! For me, the thrill of the hunt is finding much less expensive ones at antique shows and flea markets. I’ll be looking for some for myself at the Springfield Extravaganza next month.
These demi-johns were ginourmous. This number 27 jug was the only numbered one in the lot.
The lodge look was the featured element in this showroom. Instead of wood, the company uses aluminum for the faux bois, so it is suitable for outdoor use. Here is a small chairside table and a table and chairs is in the photo below.
What a fun idea to paint an old aquarium and just set some cut logs inside! Just think of the many possibilities for display……
How often do you see old fishing kreels when you’re out thrifting? Just hang them on a pegboard along with some nets and some boat paddles and you have an instant wall vignette.
I’ll be posting some more photos over the course of the next few days. Today, I’m trying to organize all the paperwork from the trip and get some laundry done. I’m also nursing a wrenched back- I didn’t do anything strenuous to aggravate it this morning, so maybe I just slept in a strange position. I spent most of the morning propped up against some pillows with the Shiatsu massager! Ouch…. If I had a muscle relaxer I’m sure it would help, but good old Advil seems to be taking the edge off the pain. At least I still don’t have hives from a reaction to the shrimp I ate on Friday night. I was definitely not a pretty sight. Instead, today I’m just walking stiff and crooked!