Hot Topics: Made in the USA- High Point Home Furnishings Market October, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011
High Point Furniture Market

HOT TOPIC – Quick Market Glimpse Reveals the following:
Made in the USA is back by popular demand!

In my opinion, this trend is driven by the following and is here to stay:

(1)The overarching fear of more job loss coupled with the fact that Americans are realizing the best place to find a helping hand is “at the end of your own arm.”  Big corporations do not hire the vast majority of Americans… small business does… and while big corporations are outsourcing work overseas, Small Business America is hiring and producing right here at home!

(2) The realization that along with the “good cheap stuff” consumers love, there is also a U.S.  marketplace replete with imports of poor quality and defective materials. Even food ingredients that have landed here from off-shore markets for consumer consumption have been questionable. (I reference infant formula and pet foods as 2 notable cases.) Another example in the home building business is toxic drywall.  Sick yet?

(3) The realization that we  always were and can remain innovators! Americans really make something here that has more intrinsic value!

Note: Monday High Point Market Reveals that “Sustainable Fashionistas” are demonstrating this market sustainability through regeneration of fabrics into clothing. Big event tonight sponsored by DeStripped Magazine will showcase the local designers who are innovating and regenerating. Good on them! Go to Market Square Courtyard tonight at 7 to 9 p.m. and join in with innovators who have a unique, creative spark!


Marketing Home Furnishings Reporter-On the ground in High Point Market!


High Point Home Furnishings Show – WITHIT ‘Best Of Market’

Hot Topics At High Point International Home Furnishings Show, April 5th

“Best Of Market Scoop”
WITHIT Market Intelligence Wrap Up

WITHIT Market Wrap Up in Outer Limits Furniture showroom at High Point Market

Waiting for WITHIT's Market Intelligence Wrap Up at High Point Market hosted at Outer Limits Furniture

High Point Market guests were in for a great treat Tuesday night as Women In The Home Furnishings Industry Today “unpacked” the Best of the Best that Market had to offer. During the evening, WITHIT members and Guests alike shared what they saw, heard and liked during Market.

Taking the lead in the discussion was Ellen Gefen of Ellen Gefen Productions, a home furnishings reporting company.  Ellen has covered the International Home Furnishings Market for the CBS MORNING NEWS and NBC’s WEEKEND TODAY, reporting on styles and trends in the home furnishings industry and offering tips for the consumer on smart furniture buying.

Attended by retailers, designers, manufacturers and industry business leaders, WITHIT’s Market Intelligence Wrap-Up is an event not to be missed each Market. Packed full of tidbits and the “Best of Market Scoop,” attendees get a chance to find out if there are “hot topics” they missed during their own Market navigation. Of course, since getting around this mega market is a huge time sink, no one can be everywhere all the time. WITHIT’s market intelligence powers up the collaborative eyes and ears necessary to identify the “Best of the Best.”

Tricia Bellocci, Outer Limits and Daniel Silva, Temahome sponsor WITHIT Wrap

Tricia Bellocci, Outer Limits Furniture and Daniel Silva, Temahome, Sponsors of WITHIT Market Intelligence Wrap Up

Owner-designers Mike and Tricia Bellocchi of Outer Limits, 220 Elm in High Point, hosted the Market Intelligence Wrap in their lovely showroom, where they feature modern furniture. Outer Limits Furniture is a 20 year old, custom upholstered furniture design company whose cutting edge designs successfully represent the epitome of modern American furniture design.

Also sponsoring the event was Daniel Silva of Temahome – sleek, modern, inspiring and exclusive stylish design furniture and home decor by top European designers, made in Portugal.

Mega thanks to our most generous hosts and sponsors!  See you at WITHIT’s Market Intelligence next year!

So…do you want to know the market scoop?  If so, contact the lovely Sara Lyke, Executive Director of WITHIT – Women In The Home Furnishings Industry Today at and get involved in WITHIT!

Thanks to Linda Carey, Live from High Point!

Linda Carey of Marketing Home Furnishings and Vibrant Business Today, LLC has been a WITHIT member for 10 years. She has served as the Northwest Regional Vice President and on the Board. She is “Withit!”


Sustainable Furnishings Hot Topic: Design Legacy Launches ‘Goods Made Good’

Design Legacy’s “Goods Made Good”

A Truly Great High Point Market
“Hot Topic” In Sustainable Furnishings,
A Responsible Idea Whose Time Has Come!

I always knew I liked Kelly O’Neal from the first time I stepped foot in his showroom in High Point, when he welcomed me with a big smile and gracious handshake.  Now this man is now elevated to a Prince for “doing well doing good!”

With the launch of Design Legacy‘s new recycled pillow and upholstery line, Kelly is literally giving new life to cast away fabrics from Goodwill Industries which cannot be sold on their floor. Not only is Kelly now officially part of the sustainable furnishings movement, but the program also provides work for local populations of disabled people among other “employment compromised” groups.


Congratulations Kelly! I hope every consumer out there finds your products at their local retail store.

To all home furnishings retailers:  Please consider carrying and promoting Kelly O’Neal’s recycled pillow and upholstery line.


Linda L. Carey
Vibrant Business Today, LLC
Home Furnishings Veteran & Consultant
Internet Marketing Webinar Co-Leader

P.S. – Hey, don’t forget to share this post with your friends if you like it!

P.P.S. – And leave a comment if you’re at High Point Market . . . and even if you aren’t. Kelly O’Neal would appreciate knowing what you think about his socially responsible and environmentally responsible new product line.

Sustainable furnishings combined with employing the disabled …
Now that’s a win-win that can’t be beat!

Views From High Point Market – Surya Rugs Ride

Decorative Accessories:
Why I Love Surya Rugs!


Interior designer shares ride fun with son at High Point Market

Interior Designer with son at Surya Rugs ride in High Point Market

I do love area rugs, don’t you? Not only do they help define interior space and provide comfort for feet, a non-skid surface and other use benefits, they provide innumerable options in color and design to pull together the whole look and feel of your décor.

But that’s not all these versatile decorative accessories do. It may not be a magic carpet ride, but…

Other than the obvious choice of area rugs, look at how wonderful they are to a young Mother, an interior designer accompanied by her 3 month old son, Tim, and sister-helper at High Point Market!

Surya Rugs sponsored free rides around the Market in rickshaws.

Yep! That is “Raleigh Rickshaws” those girls are riding in with a 3 month old bebe!


Linda L. Carey
Live from High Point Market
And loving it!

P.S. Why not share this home furnishings delight with your friends on Facebook and Twitter?  Can you Digg it?