By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
Stephanie Rebman 4/23/10
Tupelo Furniture Market
Founded in 1987, the Tupelo Furniture Market got its start in much smaller venues, including local hotels.
The market was formed to provide an affordable place where Northeast Mississippi furniture makers could display their goods to furniture retailers and buyers from across the nation.
The idea took off, and the market grew quickly. Promotional upholstered furniture makers, primarily based in the region, flocked to Tupelo.
The market functioned as two entities: The Mississippi National Furniture Market was on Coley Road, off Chesterville Road, while the Tupelo Furniture Market was a mile farther north on Coley Road.
In 1993, V.M. Cleveland, who owned the Tupelo Furniture Market complex, bought the Mississippi National Furniture Market. Both markets were consolidated under the Tupelo Furniture Market name.
At its peak, the market drew more than 30,000 exhibitors and buyers to each of its twice-yearly trade shows. It still is the nation’s third-largest furniture market, behind High Point, N.C., and Las Vegas.
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