Insider Secrets to Making the Most of Market

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had an ace in your pocket, a secret agent that infiltrated the Furniture Market, and had already done all the hard work of figuring out what you need to do at Market before you even get here?

Well have no fear, High Point Discovered (plus Barbour Spangle Design) is here! As you may or may not know, HPD’s fearless leader, Christi Barbour is Partners along with Christi Spangle of Barbour Spangle Design. And they’ve been working hard for more than two decades on the behind the scenes of showroom designs in High Point, Las Vegas, BDNY, and more. What we’re saying is, we’ve got all things High Point covered.

We know better than anyone that attending the High Point Market can overwhelm even the most seasoned veterans of the furniture industry. As designers, it’s tough to juggle workload, deadlines and attend the Market. So when driving out of town how do you ensure you will feel like it was a good investment? Here’s the top 10 tips from HPD and Barbour Spangle on how to get the most out of your market experience.

1. Information:

You will not find a more friendly and knowledgeable-about-all-things-market than the team from High Point Market Authority. Trust us, we know! You can find them every day at The Point, a venue focused on exposing visitors to a taste of the best and brightest at Market. You will not be disappointed in taking some extra time to familiarize yourself with Market at The Point and develop a game plan through their services, educational opportunities and connection building.

The Point | Photography by High Point Market Authority

2. New Goods:

IHFC’s Interhall is our favorite place to find a curated assortment of up and coming furniture and home décor exhibitors chosen during a juried selection process. You can’t afford to miss out on this selective process that narrows down the pieces you just have to see.

3. Education :

One of the best-kept secrets of High Point Market is the educational opportunities to up your design business acumen. CEU’s, moderated panels and presentations are plentiful, making your time in High Point that much more valuable. We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: Market is a conference within a trade show. Take advantage!

Photography by High Point Market Authority

4. Food:

Take it from us, you won’t need power bars to get through a busy day. Many market showrooms provide hearty meals so be sure to check in advance with your reps and take advantage of the large variety of cuisine available. Insider Tip: our top two favorite lunch spots are Four Hands (they love designers) and the outside food trucks for some fresh air.

Food Trucks at Hpmkt | Photography by High Point Market Authority

5. Travel Tips :

High Point Market has a dedicated travel concierge to help you with all your travel planning details. It’s like having your own travel consultant right at your fingertips as you jet set back and forth through Market. Contact Lee Allen of Travel Quest  336.434.3867.

Other Quick Tips:

6. Pack a pair of flats in your bag for those long days. We love our heels, but comfy shoes are a no-brainer when you’ve got long days to trek around to all the Market exhibits.

7. Catch Uber at the corner of of Commerce and Hamilton by the John Coltrane statue. An easy landmark and a High Point icon!

8. Don’t miss the networking opportunities that will most assuredly open doors you never thought possible. The Point is a great place to start, as well as all the Lunch and Learns, Meet-and-Greets, and more!

9. Shop early for one of kind items and stay late to take advantage of market sample sales.

  1. And to see our Top Five burning questions that we are most often asked about coming to High Point, visit the High Point Discovered blog here.

So take it from us, your secret Market agent, you can make the most of your Market trip by just following a few insider tips. We can’t wait to see you here!  And, if you would like to learn more, stop by The Point on Commerce to hear Christi Barbour along with designers Bria Hammel and Vicky Serany talk about High Point’s Hidden Gems, A Steelyard Roundtable.   Friday April 5, 2-3pm

Discovering our High Points,

The HP Discovered Team


These tips were also shared via the IMC market blog.  For a quick look click here.