The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Furniture Shopping in High Point
Why should I travel to High Point, NC, to shop for my furniture and other home decor?
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in High Point, it probably doesn’t exist. High Point, NC, is quite simply the home furnishings capital of the world. High Point has the world’s most comprehensive product selection and best showroom displays of furniture and home accessories. When shopping for name-brand manufacturers of distinguished lines such as American Leather, Baker, Bernhardt, Century, Chaddock, E.J. Victor, Flexsteel, Francesco Molon, Hancock & Moore, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Lee, Lexington, Marge Carson, Natuzzi, Pearson, Ralph Lauren, Sherrill, Somerset Bay, Stanley, and many others, you typically will save between 40-60% off of the retail prices you’d pay at other stores across the U.S.
What is the High Point Furniture Market?
Held each year in April and October, the High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. With more than 12 million square feet of showroom space spread throughout 190 buildings in the area, the twice-annual 10-day High Point Market draws more than 85,000 people from 110 countries to High Point. The Market is not open to the general public, and we don’t recommend you travel to High Point during Market times. However, we offer our clients access to many of these same private showrooms throughout the year.
How do I sign up for a furniture shopping trip with High Point Furniture Shopping Tours?
Please visit our Contact Us page to enter your anticipated travel dates. We will contact you via phone or e-mail to discuss the goals and objectives of your trip (e.g., furniture for one room or a house, style, specific accessory needs, design assistance needed, etc.) and will answer any questions you may have. You will also be provided a checklist of items we will need before your trip to help make your shopping successful and/or items you should plan to bring with you to make your furniture shopping experience the best it can be.
Why do I need a concierge furniture shopper? Can’t I just visit High Point and shop on my own?
High Point is a friendly city that welcomes all furniture shoppers. However, the fact is that most casual shoppers—even locals—quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of what’s available throughout the High Point area. It’s all too easy to spend days roaming the city’s showrooms and leave without anything to show for all your time (and aching feet.) In addition, you won’t be able to shop in the 50+ private showrooms that are closed to the public…but available to clients of High Point Furniture Shopping Tours. Our goal is to save our clients time, frustration, and money by providing them access to the showrooms and furniture lines that match their personal taste and budget. We’re also able to generate savings for our clients by knowing where the best deals are to be had.
I know High Point is famous for its wide array of “traditional” furniture but my tastes are more transitional/contemporary/modern. Will I find a good selection of these styles as well?
Yes! High Point has furniture, antiques, lighting, art, and specialty stores to match every taste and style. We will work closely with you during the pre-planning stage of your visit to ensure you have appointments with the manufacturers and showrooms that best represent your vision for your home, at the best values possible.
In addition to shopping for household furniture, I will also be looking for outdoor-patio furniture, office furniture, lighting, floor coverings, accessories, art, fabrics, antiques, china, and crystal. Can you help me shop for these items as well?
We are happy to help you locate any home furnishing or home accessory you need. We’ve had clients approach us with requests for items as specific as a 4′ gold Buddha. (We found it!) Suffice it to say that High Point offers great selections for a wide array of home products. We can help you shop for lighting (table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, chandeliers, outdoor lighting), floor coverings (Persian, oriental, contemporary rugs), accessories, art, fabrics (for curtains, draperies, accent pieces), antiques, hardwood flooring, custom plantation blinds, china / crystal, and more.
Are there a minimum number of days we must sign up for in order to use High Point Furniture Shopping Tours?
No, there is no minimum number of days. We recognize that every client is unique and will have a varied amount of time and budget to spend furniture shopping.
Are your services available 7 days a week?
Our services are available seven days a week. However, most stores are closed on Sundays, and many private showrooms are only open Monday through Friday by appointment. To maximize your shopping time, we suggest selecting shopping days between Monday and Saturday.
How many days should I/we plan to stay and shop in High Point?
Based on more than 25 years of experience, here’s our advice:
- If you think you’ll need one day (2 rooms), plan on two days.
- If you think you’ll need two days (3 rooms), plan on 2.5-3 days.
- If you are shopping for a whole house (new construction), including furniture, lighting, rugs, outdoor-patio furniture, home office furniture, home entertainment, mattresses, accessories, art, fabrics, etc., you should plan on no less than three (3) full days of shopping in High Point.
Remember, there are dozens of wood finish options and hundreds of fabric options to choose from, so making selections tends to take longer than most people anticipate.
How long will it be until our order(s) are delivered?
Usual time from order placement to delivery is 6-8 weeks, although it may vary slightly by manufacturer or for special orders. Many showrooms have floor samples available for immediate delivery or quick ship.
What if I’m already working with an interior designer? Is there any conflict with my meeting with showroom designers?
We welcome any designer you’re working with to help us assist you in making your trip to High Point a successful and worthwhile venture. Your designer may travel with you, and/or we’re happy to work with them in the planning stages of your visit. Many clients send their designers to us for our shopping tours. We arrange appointments with the best designers in each showroom, so having your own designer is not a prerequisite.
Where should we stay when traveling to High Point?
We can provide a complete list of vetted upscale hotels in the area, some of which offer our clients a discount. Nationally known chains such as Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and Residence Inn are always good choices, but if B&Bs or boutique hotels are more to your liking, we’re happy to make area recommendations.
While in High Point, can you recommend restaurants for lunch and evening meals?
We’d love to! Since you’re in North Carolina we recommend you spend at least one meal eating our famous BBQ, but we can also recommend restaurants specializing in steaks, seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, sushi, fusion, Mexican, or anything you “have a hankering for” as we say around here.
What else is there to do in High Point?
How much time do you have? High Point offers great golf and lake recreation opportunities, camping, cultural events, museums, galleries, theatres, and year-round festivals. For simple pleasures, there are apple-picking orchards, local farmers markets, and nearby state and national parks for hiking, boating, or fishing. The area also offers wineries, NASCAR, and numerous sightseeing options.
If I don’t want to rent a car, do you offer pick up/drop off service?
Airport pick-up and return for the Greensboro Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) are part of your upscale yet affordable furniture shopping experience. Pick-up and return to either Raleigh-Durham (RDU) or Charlotte (CLT) airports is also possible for a modest additional fee.
If Shannon Neal is unavailable during my travel dates, do you have other associates who can assist with my furniture shopping tour?
Shannon has several vetted and well-trusted associates who assist him year-round. Shannon personally handles all the pre-planning and scheduling of appointments for any tour. In addition, he remains in regular communication with all associates during a tour and adjustments can be made to the schedule as needed.
Can you make references available?
High Point Furniture Shopping Tours is recognized and promoted by the High Point Chamber of Commerce, the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the central North Carolina Better Business Bureau. Please contact any of these organizations for information on our company. Additional references are available upon request.
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For details, questions, and availability of tour dates, please contact us by e-mail or phone at (336) 317-2894
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