Furniture market yields fun finds

By Carlie Kollath Wells

TUPELO – Many vendors at the Tupelo Furniture Market used the show to debut new pieces.
Yoder’s Lawn Furniture from Scio, Ohio, trucked in a playhouse-style bunk bed after a customer requested one. Owner Elmer Yoder said his company usually does cedar lawn furniture, but he wanted to try something new.
His booth also featured another new line – recycled plastic lawn furniture.
Reclaimed furniture, eco-friendly pieces and distressed shabby chic accessories were a major theme at the market, which wraps up today.
Buyers were buzzing about the reclaimed pieces at Indigo Imports. The Missouri-based company sold “poufs” – fabric footstools or seats – and bags made out of reclaimed tent canvas.
But, the traditional upholstered furniture also was out in full force.
Pontotoc-based Genesis debuted the “And, if or but” upholstered collection. The manufacturer designed the woven covers to feature words on throw pillows, an ottoman and an armchair.
“It’s our attempt to get in touch with the younger generation,” said Danny Thorn of Genesis.

And/if sofa
Pontotoc-based Genesis debuted the “And, if or but” collection at the market. The company designed the woven covers and scaled them to fit throw pillows, the ottoman and the armchair. The entire set retails for about $999.

Massage chairs:
Mega Motion, a Michigan company, debuted Cozzia massage chairs at the market. The chairs massage arms, ankles, backs, lower calves and more, said rep Jim Bullis. Suggested retail price starts at $1,299.

Yoder’s Lawn Furniture, based in Ohio, showed this playhouse-style bunk bed for the first time. It has features two areas for twin mattresses, plus a shelving unit for storage. Suggested retail price is around $1,000.

Indigo Imports, based in Missouri, showed these bags in Tupelo for the first time. The bags are made with reclaimed tent canvas and are in line with the company’s emphasis on reclaimed and eco-friendly items. They retail for $59.

Cowhide rug:
These cowhide rugs have been popular with buyers at the market, according to Eric Dumas, president of Capolavoro Leather of Robertsdale, Ala. The company also sells designer hides, such as solid white, silver, sparkle and exotic prints. They are all made from Brazilian cowhide. The hide retails for about $399 each.

Helmet lamp:
Jeremy Cox, a former sportswriter, combined his love for sports with his family business, Jenkins Lamp. Cox, president of Jenkins Sports, designed an Arkansas helmet lamp and got it licensed. Now, the business has expanded to 20 schools. Plus, it has added a mini gift lamp for $80. The full size lamps retail for about $139. “They do well during football season. Alabama we can’t keep in stock.”

Big chair with back:
Harris Imports debuted the caneback umbrella chair to the Tupelo market last week. “They have been an eye-catcher,” said Tim Harris of Texas-based Harris Imports. The chair is made of mahogany. Suggested retail price is $895. “They sell well in Dallas,” he said.

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