By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – The Tupelo Furniture Market had only a few problems this time, and they were good problems to have.
There were so many people at the market, they ran out of food and directories.
“It’s been the best market we’ve had in quite a while,” said Kevin Seddon, the market’s president. “The economy’s getting better, and we’ve been far more aggressive in targeting buyers.”
The market has added in more electronic media and Web marketing, and has partnered with area manufacturers to spread the word about the market.
Visitors from as far away as Florida and Texas came this weekend, he said.
Thanks to a better economy, folks are looking to upgrade their homes – which was a good thing for Joe Elkourie with USA Premium Leather Furniture.
“We are very pleased,” he said. “We have a lot of new accounts. They want nicer products; they’re tired of bonded leather.”
This was the leather furniture business’ third market in Tupelo and was the best so far, he said.
At Okolona-based J Henry, colorful patterns and diverse fabric options drove sales.
Accent chairs were an especially big seller, said Virgil Henry, one of the business’ three owners.
“It has been an extremely good market. We have projects to work on with major retailers,” he said. “We have been very blessed.”
Meanwhile, Seddon and his team are already planning the next Furniture Market, set for Feb. 5-8.
“We are very pleased with everything new we tried,” he said, “and we’ll have new tricks up our sleeves for next time.”