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Louisiana's Affordable wins Tupelo buyer award

Tupelo, Miss. - Affordable Home Furnishings, a 32-store rent-to-own chain based in Lafayette, La., was honored with the Buyer Appreciation Award at this month's Tupelo Furniture Market.
     The retailer, which has been sending buyers to the Tupelo market since the late 1980s, was cited for its loyalty to the market and longstanding support of the home furnishings industry.
     Founded by Chris and Stacy Overton, the rent-to-own company has most of its stores in Louisiana but also has locations in Mississippi and Texas. The award is presented at every Tupelo market to a buyer or retail company who regularly shops here.
     The market also honored veteran sales representative Tony Rihner with its Manufacturer's Rep Award.
    Rihner, who has been a rep for nearly 50 years, counts Tupelo market exhibitors Barcalounger and Hillsdale Furniture among the lines he carries. Earlier, he was a rep for upholstery major Schnadig for more than 30 years.
Rihner has been attending the Tupelo market since its inception in 1987.

Led by Executive Director Randy Lann, left, the Arkansas Home Furnishings Assn. held its semiannual party at the Tupelo market. With Lann are Joe Thomason of Thomason Furniture, North Little Rock, Ark., and George and Ben Hubbard of Hubbard and Hoke Furniture, Blytheville, Ark.
Executive Director Randy Lann
Tupelo market Chairman V.M.Tupelo market Chairman V.M. Cleveland, left, and market President Kevin Seddon, right, present the market’s Buyer Appreciation Award to Joey Thompson, Bert Landry and Mike Hebert of Affordable Home Furnishings in Lafayette, La.

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