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
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
Wear very comfortable shoes
There’s a lot of walking and the concrete floors and streets are very unforgiving in heels.
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!
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