Tuesday, October 22, 2013

High Point Market Fall 2013 Highlights

Gypsy Marketplace
I feel pretty lucky just living about a half hour away from the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world...  With about 11.5 million sq ft of showspace, I still have so much to see and learn at the High Point Market, but I always walk away inspired.  The Market is held twice a year and you might remember my first trip last Spring which I posted HERE and HERE.
Gypsy Marketplace
Since I am now living so much closer to High Point, I knew that I wanted to return and shop some of the antique wholesale warehouses, but ultimately it was an impromptu meet-up with my blogging friend, Shirley, that led us to the actual showrooms.  Despite not being a big-time furniture buyer or working in the industry, I love to go to the Market for several reasons.  First, I have a true love of design (all types) and seeing all the great artwork, beautiful furniture, pillows, rugs, etc, all in one huge area is exciting.  Second, it's hard not to get inspired by everything you see... From color combinations to finishes on painted furniture, the Market gets your creative juices flowing.
Painted Oars-Gypsy Marketplace
One of my favorite places to visit in High Point is Gypsy Marketplace, which carries their own line of reproduction antiques and is an importer of antiques from around the world.  Their warehouse is open to the trade and a very popular destination on opening morning.  Shirley and I were last Thursday morning and it was busy! The large painted oars above were almost sold out immediately and anything else that was a bargain...
Great Salvage - Gypsy Marketplace
As with many wholesalers, some things are priced great for resale while others seem high (at least to me)...
Demijohns - Gypsy Marketplace
I find that this is the best place to find demijohns and dough bowls at the best selection and prices.
Dough Bowls - Gypsy Marketplace
I love French drying racks and bought a few last Spring for my booth, but these large zinc ones were new this Fall...
The other large antique warehouse that I like to visit is Golden Oldies.  This is a great source for seltzer bottles, olive buckets, wine jugs and other various antiques...
I love the blue wine jugs that are all over this warehouse!  So pretty...
As for the traditional showrooms, most of them are held in one main building that I have yet to get all the way through! There is never enough time... We managed to fit in a few showrooms, including Eloquence (you may remember this from last Spring)...
From the weathered floors, to the architectural salvage, their display is top-notch...
Bramble was another showroom that we spent quite a bit of time in.  I found it refreshing with the reasonable prices, varied color palates, and tons of painted furniture inspiration. 
While most of the furniture finishes were pretty distressed, they have many pieces with decorative painting that I loved...
My mom was shopping along with Shirley and I and since she's recently finished sewing drapery panels for her sewing room in the exact pattern as the dresser above, she was thrilled when she saw this dresser.  I can pretty much bet that you'll be seeing something like this soon in her home!
Bramble also has these "Restoration Hardware" style chandeliers that I love for much, much less.  I just may have purchased a couple of floor model scones in this style :)
Steven Shell
I do think one of the most enjoyable things to see at Market is all the painted furniture.  I know it's currently an "in" thing, but it is still fun to see all the unique finishes.  I find myself examining the colors, distressing, top coat, etc to see how the "big" companies do it!
Steven Shell
But, you want to know what my favorite event of this High Point Market was...
...Candace Olson!  I've been a fan of hers for many years and she was just as funny and genuine in person as she is on her show.  She's a hoot!  It was a real highlight to hear her speak and answer questions! 
We all had a great day in High Point!  Since this was only the second time to Market, I still have much to see and learn , but there's always next Spring...

Kristen

11 comments:

Kirby Carespodi said...

I used to go with my father-in-law when he owned a furniture store...I'll be going in the spring with a press pass, I think. Have you decided about booth space in Greensboro?

denise8689 said...

Love your pictures! I'm a long time follower, but this is my first comment. Sorry. :( I live in Texas but I have an "antiquing" friend who loves to travel to new places with me. I am assuming that not just anyone can shop at this market? Can you tell me how you would shop there? THanks!

denise8689 said...

Love your pictures! I'm a long time follower, but this is my first comment. Sorry. :( I live in Texas but I have an "antiquing" friend who loves to travel to new places with me. I am assuming that not just anyone can shop at this market? Can you tell me how you would shop there? THanks!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

How fabulous! A always worked Dallas market, years ago, but there was nothing quite this wonderful. I'll have to figure out how to get in next time :) Great inspiration!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a beautiful recap of our day at High Point...yes, cannot wait to see that dresser re-created..and Bramble was such a pleasant surprise...including the "buying availability"....:)

Anne Boykin said...

Hi Kristen, I've always wanted to go and see these shops so thanks for sharing them with us. So much inspiration!

Lauren TheEndearingHome said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics of market Kristen. High Point looks like so much fun, hoping to make it there one day!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a fabulous place!! Wish I lived closer!!

The Hen House Chicks said...

I envy you! I'd love to go to the market and I'm a Candice Olson fan, too.

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! I would've loved getting to shop there. I loved everything you showed. I bet that was a fun day to spend there. It was such a great pleasure to meet you last Friday too! I hope you ended up finding some good stuff at the fair while you were there.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

What beautiful and unique items! I bet you had a wonderful time! Hugs, Leena

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