This year was my first time to attend High Point Market and it was an incredible experience! I feel so lucky to live just a short distance away from the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Since there are 180 buildings, 11.5 Million square feet of show space, and 75,000 attendees at each Market, I was a little intimidated heading into this adventure. So the first thing I did was seek advice FROM EVERYONE! My wonderful design professor, Loyd Dillon, said it’s like a reunion, conference, expo, and fashion show all rolled into one, and boy was he right! My design friends helped me pull together a list of vendors I should check out, and I studied the Market website like I was preparing for the SAT’s (yes, I go a little overboard sometimes). But I do have to say, having a plan is the only way you can take full advantage of such a massive show. Even so, I didn’t get to see and do everything I had hoped, but that just makes me even more excited for the spring Market!
Here’s a summary of my first trip to Market and some things I learned along the way.
My Goals for Attending Market:
- Learn New Vendors (how can you not?)
- Network – meet other designers, meet vendors, connect IN PERSON with people I know through Instagram
- Learn things that will help my budding design business
- Share My Experience – through Instagram and this Blog (check!)
Top 10 New Vendors (To Me)