Spring furniture market called success

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 08:23 AM

Returning with new orders in hand from last week's International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, officials from local companies say the spring market was a resounding success.

“It was a really positive market for us in a lot of ways,” said Ben Radoll, director of sales operations for Broyhill Furniture and Lane, explaining that the companies showed a lot of new products and got a lot of people engaged.

Alvin Daughtridge, vice president at Fairfield Chair, said there was “a rising tide of confidence” at the market.

“We were pleased, attendance was up,” he said. “There seemed to be more orders being written -- and a little larger orders.”

This market also had more buyers attend than any since before the Great Recession, market leaders reported.

But attendance and orders weren’t the only positive takeaways, as Daughtridge said attitudes of those who came were improved as well.

“The attitudes of those who came were good, I didn’t hear anybody making negative comments about the economy or things of that nature,” he said.

Bernhardt Furniture Co. hasn't yet tabulated its final numbers, it seemed the traffic was higher in the company's showroom than it had been in recent years, said William Howard, vice president at Bernardt.

"The predominant feeling is that retailers are a bit more optomistic than they were this time last year," said Howard.

With the success of this spring’s market, companies are looking forward to the fall market.

“We always have high hopes, but not only that,” Daughtridge said. “(We have) a reasonable expectation that, based on the way our product was received and also the confidence of the dealers, I think they’re anticipating it being better.”