Let’s face it, High Point Market is huge! The market occupies over 11 1/2 million square feet, in over 180 buildings and has over 300 product categories. Over 75,000 people visit the market each April and October. The task of planning a maiden voyage to High Point Market in hopes of seeing all the showrooms you need to visit, partaking of fun events and then scooping up the latest and greatest trends to bring back to your clients is daunting to say the least. I have been going to High Point Market since 1998 as a professional, but I remember my first trip to High Point as a design student and let me tell you I was overwhelmed to say the least. When I returned years later I knew I had to have a plan in hand. Over the years that plan has evolved as the market as evolved. Today, I have a very strict itinerary to make the most of my market days. I have had several people email and ask me how to tackle market, so I decided to write a few posts with my best tips. I am going to attempt to cover need to know info in a few post which I hope will prove helpful. Here are a few preliminary suggestions on planning your first market trip.[continue reading after the break…..]
when you need them!
Sign up for the High Point Market
exhibitor list (made in step #5 to arrange in groups according to the building or districts of locations. I typically plan to hit the various districts/buildings on designated days. (i.e. IHFC building on Saturday, Design District on Sunday, C&D on Monday, etc…) Once you know the exhibitors you plan to visit you can plan your day based on the shuttle route and stops to be the most efficient.
Extra phone charger/morphie pack/phone charger
Extra camera battery – if you are like me and plan to take a lot of pictures.
Have your entire calendar downloaded on your phone for easy access
A lightweight sweater or jacket if wearing short sleeves/sleeveless it gets cold in some showrooms.(for April Market)
Folding Umbrella- never know when you might need this
Your own small Tape measure – Prevents time waiting for sales people to find you one.
Pick up a market map once you arrive at the information booths- This will show you the lay of the land as well as show shuttle routes and stops.
If you did not pre-register prior to market you can do so at in the Commerce Lobby of
the IHFC building as well. You can also pick up maps, market guides, etc here.
Make sure to attend one of the orientations for new buyers held from Saturday thru
Tues. daily at 10 a.m. in the High Point Theatre. Lots of helpful tips and info.
There you will be able to exchange foreign currency, have concierge privileges, eat complimentary meals, find interpreter referrals and travel services.
12) Sign up for the High Point Market e-newsletter on the official High Point Market
Website here when you register. Also, sign up to follow High Point Market on twitter here. Get in on the High Point Market twitter conversations at #hpmkt and “Like” High Point Market on Facebook to keep abreast of market happenings prior to coming.
Watch the video my friend and fellow Style Spotter Stacy Naquin made
“A Day in the Life of High Point Market”