Midwest Furniture Show set for June 29-30 in Schaumburg, Ill.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The fifth annual Midwest Furniture Show is slated for June 29-30 at the Schaumburg Convention Center here, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Produced by the Midwest Furniture Club, a chapter of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn., the show attracts retailers from as far away as Florida and Vermont, with the bulk of attendees coming from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, northwest Ohio and Iowa.

According to the sponsors, the 2010 show attracted more than 700 retailers from 335 retail operations.

"Our show targets the independent retailers who do not attend the major shows in Las Vegas and High Point," said Ted Weisbach, the club's president. "We make it easy and fun for them to see current vendors and get the chance to add some new lines to their floors. We offer complimentary breakfast and lunch, as well as a social hour at the end of the first day. But I think what most attendees like is the chance to work with their representatives and management to exchange ideas on success."

Geoff Weed, the show's organizer, said that a number of manufacturers are expected who have not had a presence here before. "Our attendees tell us every year they love getting the chance to see their main suppliers as well as trying out new lines," he said.

The show got its start in 2006 in a vacant furniture store in Wheaton, Ill. In exchange for the promise of 80 furniture retailers seeing the property that was available for rent, the building's owner allowed the furniture club to use the facility for free. From there, the show has grown each year.

More information on the show is available online at www.midwestfurnitureclub.com. Attendance is free for retailers and members of the trade. Registration is available on-line.

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