Beginning with the earliest days of industrial manufacture in the South following the Civil War, High Point (so named because it was the highest point on the North Carolina Railroad when it was established in 1859) has played a vital role in the history of furniture in North Carolina, and indeed the entire region, country, and now the world.
After the turn of the 20th century, the furniture industry in North Carolina grew rapidly. High Point became the center of furniture manufacturing and marketing in the South, and eventually in the entire country. Following World War II, an estimated 60% of all furniture made in America was produced within a 150-mile radius of High Point, and the city’s weeklong semi-annual furniture markets have become the major international wholesale markets for the industry.
This is where we are headed. This time of year the dogwoods are usually at the peak of their beauty.
Besides seeing these blooming trees outdoors, many showrooms will use containers of dogwood branches in their displays. Such a pretty sight!
When we mention to our friends, family and clients that we are headed off to market in North Carolina, everyone says, “Oh how fun!” We say, FUN? Let me tell you where our little old feet are going to be walking... the High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 85,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.
10 Million Square Feet of Show Space
80,000 Attendees Each Market
More Than 2000 Exhibitors
106 Countries Represented
Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International
By the end of each day we are ready for some high power R & R...
But do we rest? Not on your life! There are cocktail parties, dinner
parties, dancing, live big name bands and way too much free food to
consider going home to a ugly hotel room!
You do have to do everything in moderation however, the show starts
at 8am each day and in order to get the job done and make the cross
country trip worth while, you need to be there bright eyed and bushy
tailed when the showrooms open and stay until they close at 7pm!
And there are other perks, besides discovering exciting treasures to
order for our store and the free food, snacks and drinks, there are free
tote bags (wow!) and sometimes the opportunity to win ipads, kindles,
and an occasional cash prize. And what we truly value...the chance to
meet with our wonderful sales reps and other store owners that we
have met over the years to share ideas, sources and dreams.