Furniture Market gives good vibes on eve of finale

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Until about 4:30 on Saturday afternoon, Bo Robbins had very little time to catch his breath.
And that’s a good thing.
Robbins, president and co-owner of Fusion, said his showroom attracted several new customers, including some major accounts.
Not bad for the Ecru-based business that started last fall.
“It has been very busy,” he said. “Nobody knew who we were last August, but after the market here and then High Point, our sales force has gotten the word out. So for this market, we thought we would have some accounts coming in. And so far, it’s exceeded our expectations.”
For Largo International, business has been brisk as well. Officials with the Houston, Texas-based company said Tupelo has been a boon to its operations.
“The last three markets here have been really good for us,” said Virgil Henry, vice president of sales and marketing for Largo’s upholstery division. “Last August was probably our highest volume ever written for Largo in Tupelo, and with a good day …, we’ll surpass that.”
The Winter Market officially began on Friday, but retail furniture buyers were visiting the showroom as early as Tuesday.
Most major accounts came to the market Wednesday through Friday, according to several exhibitors.
While attendance has been on par with, or a little better than, the past couple of markets, some exhibitors said the key has been order-writing.
“The market’s been going well,” said Todd Buskirk of EnCore Furniture.
Alison Nichols, president of Kidz World, said she was “excited” at the prospects of having a good market and said she hasn’t been disappointed.
Tupelo Furniture Market Chairman V.M. Cleveland said he likes what he’s been hearing the past few days.
“We’ve seen a lot of positives from the last three markets we’ve had, and this market seems to be the most upbeat of them,” he said.

Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or dennis.seid@djournal.com.