Home » NEWS » Manufacturing » Furniture Market date moved, exhibitors could be lost

Furniture Market date moved, exhibitors could be lost

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — The spring Tupelo Furniture Market, originally scheduled for mid-February, will now be held Jan. 16-19.

The fall market will be Aug. 15-18 as planned.

TFM president Kevin Seddon tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the move means the Tupelo date also will be bracketed by the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market (Jan. 8-15) and the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market (Jan. 15-21).

Exhibitors will have to decide on which markets to attend.

Seddon said he expects to lose some of those exhibitors.

“There’s really no time between Atlanta and Dallas, and we had to be comfortable with some potential losses,” Seddon said. “But we felt because of tax season, we had to get out in front of it to benefit as many exhibitors and buyers as possible.”

It’s not the first time Tupelo has tried January dates.

In 2009, the renamed winter market was held in late January with a Saturday-Wednesday run. A year later, it was cut down to three days.

The spring market returned to its traditional February run in 2011.

However, many exhibitors and buyers have said they’ve been missing out on the lucrative tax season with the February dates.

Jim Sneed, CEO of Houlka-based Affordable Furniture, said selling furniture is his top priority.

“I’m an upholstered furniture manufacturer, and Tupelo is my market where I do business.

“I think this move will benefit not just the small mom-and-pop dealers, but the mid-size ones, too. The big boys will be there, regardless. But when it’s tax season, when it’s President’s Day weekend, the smaller dealers can’t leave their stores in the middle of February,” Sneed said.

 

— Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Megan Wright

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*