By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The fall Tupelo Furniture Market begins in less than two weeks, and it will have a different element added.
New this year to the market is the Furniture and Home Accessories Show, which will run simultaneously with the fall market, set for Aug. 16-19. The show will be held in Building I and open to the public.
It will feature home furnishings, outdoor furnishings, area rugs, picture frames, framed art, lighting fixtures, cookware, pottery, Christmas decorations, appliances, designer clothing, jewelry, purses and other items.
“It’s like a trade show within a trade show,” said Kevin Siddon, the president of the Tupelo Furniture Market.
But the public won’t have access to the remaining five buildings where buyers and retailers meet with furniture manufacturers. Furniture and Home Accessories Show attendees will wear special badges that will limit their access.
“This really isn’t something revolutionary we’re doing,” said TFM owner and Chairman V.M. Cleveland. “All the furniture markets have been doing this in some form or fashion for years, including us.
“But instead of scattering everything over six buildings, we’re putting most of the accessories exhibitors in one building, where not only the market attendees can go, but the public, too.”
The spring and fall furniture markets are officially closed to the public, although exhibitors do often offer guest passes. Some exhibitors sell only to dealers, while some are willing to sell to the public. Those sales usually are limited to the last day of the market.
Cleveland said having the separate Furniture and Home Accessories Show is an answer for that. Business attire is required to attend the show.
For more information about the Furniture and Home Accessories Show, call (662) 842-4422.