High Point Furniture Market is a week behind us. We celebrate another successful show, including the challenges that we were presented. Edward Reisert, Libeco Home’s National Sales Director for the US, gave us a peek behind the curtain as he prepared the booth for Market.
Our booth in the SALON in Suites at Market Square is a semi-permanent space for us at the High Point furniture market. We are given nothing but two walls and a concrete floor on which we show our fabulous wares for the visiting buyers. There is always a flutter of activity for the week before the show starts all over market, with every exhibitor doing what they can (typically with a small budget and an even smaller timeline) to make their displays impactful. I was given the task of creating something great for our space for the April 2012 market. Since design is my hobby, I was excited, but as a builder (not my milieu) I was highly challenged to make something that wouldn’t fall down! I traveled down to NC early in the year to start to build something awesome, a ‘beach cabin’ for our beach-themed Spring offerings. Upon arriving in HP I headed to Home Depot where I purchased lumber, shingles and roofing tiles for my open ‘cabin’. I struggled the whole way, but three days later I packed up my tool box with an air of satisfaction and headed back to NY. The plan was to return just days before the April market to dress our little ‘cabin’ with our beautiful new collections.
I arrived at SALON four days before opening, and my heart sank as I rounded the corner. My little ‘cabin’ had warped and fallen apart over the three months it was left alone in the market building. After a few tears and hair pulling, I headed back to Home Depot and met the ‘Pro Desk’ supervisor, Ted. He was so kind when hearing of my plight, that he offered to come over after his shift and help me rebuild. My ‘angel’ came just as promised, and spent two days helping me redo the cabin so it was structurally sound! He refused to take any payment, other than getting he and his wife passes for the concert Saturday night that only buyers and exhibitors are invited to!
In returning to HP for the October market I was pleased to find our little cabin still looking great, and ready for our new fabulous Fall offerings! Ted’s knowledge and hard work stood the test of time, and our visitors have all swooned over the look of our booth! Please enjoy pictures of what Libeco Home looked like in our little cabin in the mountains!