Welcome back to The Trading Post! In today’s post, we discuss the home furnishing industry’s favorite holiday: High Point Market.
“Market” started in 1909 in High Point, North Carolina, showcasing local furniture, providing a more functional and regional location for furniture manufacturers to conduct business. In 1921, it became an immeasurably more valuable resource for the Southern furniture market when, with its sights set on becoming the world’s Furniture City, High Point built the Southern Furniture Exposition Building, now the International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC), between Commerce, Green, Wrenn, and Hamilton in downtown High Point. Throughout the 1940s and 1980s the Southern furniture market grew and expanded immensely; in 1989, High Point assumed the mantle of “Furniture Capital of the World”.
Today High Point Market remains the world’s largest and most important furniture exposition, Over 75,000 people venture to High Point for each Spring and Fall market . Included in those 75,000 was be Mystic’s Jay Taylor, Eric Kainer and me.
Jay and Eric were testing trends: assessing competition, and recruiting a top sales team. We are looking for talented and diligent sales representatives; please recommend your favorite sales professional, or send your qualifications to us. We’d love your advice.
This year at market I worked with Century Furniture. I’ve assisted with the exhibit set up – it’s incredible! A majority of Century’s furniture is American-made and impeccably designed. Please share what your plans for Market were in the comments below. Also, this coming Thursday will begin Throwback Thursdays, so be sure to return for that.