The planning for this fall’s High Point Market is well underway. The event offers a first look at emerging trends in home furnishings and gives you an opportunity to network with industry professionals. To make sure you plan for the best experience, here are some facts you should know:
When and where will the market take place?
Located in downtown High Point, North Carolina, the show runs from October 22–26, 2016, and remains open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (with the exception of Wednesday, when the showrooms close at 5 p.m.). Park & Rides are located at Oak Hollow Mall and Market Center Drive Area, from which free shuttles transport you to the downtown district.
Who attends the event?
Approximately 75,000 trade professionals from around the world join the market, which is comprised of more than 2,000 vendors who debut tens of thousands of new products. Attendees come prepared to invest in home furnishings to outfit their retail locations, and they can also expect to learn about new trends and market-exclusive products.
How big is the market?
The market spans 180 buildings. In total, 11.5 million square feet is dedicated to show space.
Can I purchase items?
While many vendors require you to order products of interest, there is a small population of companies that will part with samples on-site. They typically display and tear down their showrooms twice a year. You will have better luck purchasing items at the show from vendors located in the Showplace, IHFC Interhall, and Suites at Market Square. Inquire about purchasing and be prepared to take home your items on the last day of the show. Keep your bill of sale handy just in case someone requires proof of payment at the exit.
What tool can I use to navigate the event?
High Point Market offers the MyMarket app, which is available through the Apple App Store (search “HPMKT”). The tool includes the names of all vendors in attendance. You can also select various criteria to filter out vendors based on price point, product, and style. Once you decide on which vendors to visit, you will be given an option for directions. The navigation feature shows you the most efficient way to find the vendor from your current location. You can also use the app to stay up to date on events for networking, learning, and socializing.
How do I handle inclement weather?
If rain should strike, reduce your time walking from building to building by using the secret passageway next to the Interhall Cafe in the IHFC Commerce Wing. Known to few attendees, the path provides awnings along the way. You will only need an umbrella to cross Main Street to the Furniture Plaza. From there, head up the escalators and follow the signs to the Commerce and Design, Market Square, and 220 Elm buildings.
What restrictions should I expect?
Depending on the exhibitor, you may or may not be able to take photos. Before snapping a picture, be sure to always ask about each vendor’s photography rules and ensure you have permission. Furthermore, the market does not allow the public to attend. Only trade professionals may partake in the event, and each attendee must acquire a market pass to enter. You can get a market pass by preregistering or showing up at designated locations, such as 220 Elm and the International Buyers Center, to register on-site. If you are attending as an associate of a media company, head to the second floor of the High Point Theater to complete the press registration.
Where can I host meetings?
If you need to meet with colleagues, the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library is available for reservations. While only a few know of the rooms as a meeting place, conveniently equipped with essentials such as computer monitors and audiovisual tools, reservations do fill up quickly. Be sure to plan ahead to book a space. A reservation also gives you access to the catering kitchen. The fee for using a room is a tax-deductible donation to the library.
How can I reach someone if I have more questions?
You may visit 164 South Main Street, Suite 700, High Point, North Carolina 27260 to speak with a representative of the High Point Market Authority. They are available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you prefer calling, the toll-free number is (800) 874-6492. All other contact information can be located at www.highpointmarket.org.