Another successful market trip in the books!
What is market, you ask? A 5 day event of showroom tours, educational experiences, and networking opportunities for the home furnishings industry - with over 2000 exhibitors ranging from furniture, antiques, art, lighting & textiles.
Why do we go? For so many reasons! Most importantly, our furnishing & styling team is able to touch, feel, compare, and do the ultimate sit-test on pieces before we buy for our customers. We select unique, high-quality and on-trend pieces for AP Shop, along with carefully selecting pieces for our design clients. We enjoy building lasting relationships with our vendors representatives and other industry professionals while we are there, all while gathering insight on the latest trends and project inspiration. At this point in the game it is no longer a choice for us to attend, but mandatory in order to keep a fresh perspective on our business.
This fall we chose to attend HPMKT in High Point, NC. Our team typically attends the Las Vegas winter market, which is always a wonderful experience, but High Point is the market to attend if you are at all serious in this industry - and we are. It did not disappoint. In comparison to our typical Vegas market, it required more extensive travel arrangements (parking, flights, rental car, hotel, dining) ahead of time, but it was well worth it. Many of our favorite vendors have larger spaces at High Point where they are able to showcase their pieces in a more permanent display. We were also able to visit many exhibitors that we had not been able to see in Vegas, and also discovered a few new ones along the way. With live music daily, lines of food trucks, and celebrity designer sightings, it was definitely a vibe we can get used to.
We have so many amazing new things making their way to our Shop and available to our clients! Here’s what you can expect…
- New area rug collection
- Customizable dining furniture & storage pieces
- Beautiful motion [yes, reclining] furniture
- Authentic European kitchen/dining furniture & accessories
- More sofas & chairs
- In-shop sit-test center where you can try all 8 seat (and 6 back) cushion offerings before you order
and, of course, more pillows!
Somehow we managed to do all of this in two 10-hour days. We will absolutely be returning in the Spring to pick up where we left off. Next up: Las Vegas Market - Jan 2023