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The Rookie’s Guide to High Point Market


Ivy Designer Wendy Fennell of Charlotte-based Bohemian Bungalow Designs has been attending High Point Market for years. She recalls her first time being completely overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start, showing up to a sea of buildings, showrooms and vendors. In an effort to help interior designers who are making their first trip to High Point Market, Wendy has contributed her useful tips to help first-timers tackle HPMKT like seasoned market pros.

Do your homework
Visit HighPointMarket.org and explore all of the categories. There’s a ton of information listed and the website is super easy to navigate.
Download the MyMarket App
It’s a must for planning your trip, navigating the buildings, showrooms and finding vendors easily. Download the MyMarket High Point Market here.
MyMarket - High Point Market

MyMarket – High Point Market

Wear very comfortable shoes
There’s a lot of walking and the concrete floors and streets are very unforgiving in heels.
The hits
Don’t miss these key market locations. You can download the full map here.
  • IHFC (International Home Furnishings Center)
  • SAMS (Suites at Market Place) – this is my personal favorite! There are interesting products and vendors.
  • SHOW (Showplace) with furniture showrooms and many of the popular rugs vendors such as Surya, Jaipur and Chandra.
  • SALON for unique, innovative and cutting edge product.
  • C & D (Commerce and Design) – Visual Comfort lighting is a must!
The eats
Currey and Company, Inc. hosts a huge complimentary lunch each day at market. They are located on the first floor of the IHFC building. There are also amazing local food trucks throughout the show but the best ones are located in front of the SHOWPLACE building. There a tables to dine al fresco and you can enjoy the beautiful Fall weather North Carolina has to offer.
If  you haven’t booked a room by now, you may have a hard time. However, look for a place to stay in the surrounding areas such as Greensboro, Winston Salem and Thomasville, all located nearby and are a 30 to 45 minute drive into High Point. Many of the hotels offer shuttle services so you don’t have to take your car.  For more information on hotel  accommodations, review here.
If you are traveling from nearby cities like Charlotte, Greensboro or Raleigh, there are several private shuttles, train and Uber services available if you don’t want to drive. For more information on transportation, review here.
Read the Designer’s Guide by Editor at Large
Review the Fall 2017 Designer’s Guide to HPMKT from Editor at Large. Review at EditoratLarge.com or pick up a copy once you arrive.
Designers Guide to High Point Market
Special Events and Key Note Series
There are so many informative seminars and social events to take advantage of, you won’t be able to attend them all! Take note of the events you need to see and schedule your days around them. Here are some recommendations:
Interior Design Summit – Four days of best practices, higher-profit strategies, and a curated Market experience
When: Friday, October 13 – Monday, October 16
Presenters: Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting and Luxe Interiors + Design
Up Your Marketing Game – Instagram, Press & Photography
When: 2pm – 3pm, Saturday, October 14
Where: High Point Antiques & Center, Mezzanine Level
Speakers: Chairish, Tori Mellot (Traditional Home editor), Anne Sage (author & stylist) and Justina Blakeney (blogger, author, designer, and social media expert)
Big Picture, Small Details: Why We Sweat The Small Stuff
When: 3pm-4:30pm, Saturday, October 14, Doors open at 2:30pm
Where: High Point Theatre at the Transportation Terminal
Speakers: Drew and Jonathan Scott, Co-Founders of Scott Living and stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers
Viva la Vintage – What’s Selling, Where & Why
When: 4pm – 5pm, Saturday, October 14
Where: High Point Antiques & Center, Mezzanine Level
Speakers: Noel Fahden (Chairish VP of Merchandising) and Marisa Marcantonio (Director of Trade Relations)
A Conversation with Badgley Mischka – Fashion and Home: A Professional and Personal Design Journey
When: 7:30am – 9am, Sunday, October 15
Where: IHFC 11th Floor Green Wing, International Ballroom
Speakers: WithIt, Mark Badgley and James Mischka
*Purchase tickets ($30) here
Editor at Large: Technology and Design
When: 2pm – 3pm, Sunday, October 15
Where: 101 S. Hamilton St. (Formerly Hamilton Square)
Speakers: Moderated by Kelly Edwards (Editor at Large Contributor and star of HGTV’s Design on a Dime), presented by IvyMark, Editor at Large, Business of Home, Soft Design Lab and Universal Furniture

*RSVP here

Tell it Your Way – Podcasts & Instagram Stories
When: 2pm – 3pm, Monday, October 16
Where: High Point Antiques & Center, Mezzanine Level
Speakers: James Swan (Award-winning interior designer, author and renowned podcaster) and Mugs Buckley (Chairish)
Feature image by Ivy Designer Jeanne Chung of @cozystylishchic

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