According to Tupelo Furniture Market show officials, the number of companies showing at their furniture event has increased steadily over the last 2 years. In just the last year alone, many new companies have contracted to show at the Tupelo event - and the number is expected to grow substantially before the next furniture market slated for August 20-23.
“We have had sustained growth in jobs and the housing market has essentially stabilized," said Kevin J. Seddon, president of the Tupelo Furniture Market. “As a result, we have had greater success in attracting new businesses to Tupelo.”
In just over 12 months, Tupelo has sold exhibit space to nearly 100 new companies that have not shown in Tupelo before, or at least not in many years. The net increase has been substantial.
“We have had great success in the last few months alone,” explained Seddon. “United Furniture Industries, one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the country, recently signed a long-term agreement, and another 20 companies have also contracted with us in just the last 30 days.
According to Seddon, Tupelo is experiencing growth in almost every sector of the furniture industry. He explained that the number of bedding manufacturers has grown substantially with 40 bedding companies expected to exhibit in August. He also indicated growth in the rustic furniture sector and noted that the companies showcasing product now offer products that represent mid- and high-end price ranges and not just lower priced furniture.
“For many years Tupelo was known as a venue primarily for companies showing lower-priced products with great value and that’s still the case,” said Seddon. “However, now we have found that many companies showing in Tupelo are having great success selling higher priced items, including leather, designer and hand-crafted furniture. Companies that sell higher-priced brands such as Pelican Reef/Panama Jack or designer brands such as John Richards are now drawing designers and retailers to the market.”
Some of the industry-leading companies that have added Tupelo to their trade show schedules include Furniture of America, Goldfield Modern, Honor, Arason Cabinet Beds, Art En Fibra, Rustic Log Furniture, Wildwoods, Recherche’, Mountain Woods Furniture, Genesis Financial, Wellborn Industries, Artistic Teak Traders, LLC, Boyd Specialty Shop, Textile City, Knaefler Enterprises, MLily Mississippi, Dutchcraft Mattress Factory, Table & Chair, 7th Avenue, Serta Chair and many more.
The more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space for the upcoming Tupelo Market is selling quickly; however, space is still available for the August 20-23, 2015 event. Companies interested in securing remaining space should call 800.844.0841. For more information on exhibiting, or to register to attend as a furniture retailer or designer, go to tupelofurnituremarket.com.