What's in High Point? November 03 2014
"So you drive 15 hours each way?!"
"For a show? Is it necessary?"
These are some of the questions we get asked when we do the trade show in High Point, NC. And to answer the questions..
It is worth it. Twice a year, dressed in comfy clothing, we make the trek across 7 states to North America's biggest furniture show. Revved up on 1/2 dozen Starbucks, beef jerky, and other nameless foods we eat only on these trips, we arrive to the hotel exhausted, only to down a platter of appetizers and a bottle of wine.
I think there are 2 types of people that go to these shows. Those who go to every party, every signing, and every opening, and are there for the social aspect, and our category, where it is actually work. Our days start at 7 am, and usually end slumped in a chair in a restaurant around 8 pm. The amount of walking is paramount, as the show is massively spread out, often requiring a vehicle (hence the drive).
The salad of exhibitors is monumental. From reclining sofas with built in cup holders, to 17th century antiques, it is a feast for the eyes. We have the luxury of seeing the best of the best, worst of the worst and in getting to meet design icons such as Thom Filicia, Kelly Wearstler, and Sheree from the Real Housewives of Atlanta!
As we often spec items for our design clients, it's a fantastic way to "test drive" the product and have first hand knowledge. Introductions for new collections are first shown here, which allows us a portal into what is fresh and new. Or not :)
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