Tupelo opens on steady note
Heath E. Combs -- Furniture Today, August 19, 2013
TUPELO, Miss. - Tupelo Furniture Market exhibitors reported a steady flow of customers into showrooms and good promotional upholstery business as the market was getting set to open last Thursday.
Jon Marino, executive vice president at manufacturer Flair, said retailers Tupelo continues to be a good place for suppliers to efficiently display their goods to buyers.
"People are more selective in what shows they attend and the people who come to see us here are generally looking for upholstery. They are looking for value at whatever the price point," Merino said.
Furniture/Today will have complete coverage of the market, which ran Thursday through Sunday, in next week's issue. As the event opened, exhibitors were optimistic.
Pam Brady-Proesch, merchandise manager of upholstery at Largo, said that the market continues to be popular with retailers who find it easy to shop.
"Some dealers are looking for promotional but others are trying to get a jump on High Point. I also do previews on storyboards here because it's the last week I can do any fine tuning before High Point," Brady-Proesch said.
"Our last Tupelo Market in February was very successful and it looks like we're on track to do well again," she added.
David MacIntosh, chief administrative officer for Coast to Coast Imports, said the company had good early market traffic. Buyers continue to like the company's Jadu line of India-inspired styles and it continues to do well with accents from China.
Ray Steele, co-founder of Gail's Accents, said early traffic was good. The accent supplier was seeing a mix of big retail chains and independent retailers looking for better goods and closeouts. He said he believed retail attitudes are getting better.
"If you've managed to survive for the last six years you should be able to make a lot of money in the next six," Steele said.