Triad Locals Cash In On High Point Furniture Market

Cashing In On High Point Furniture Market

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Around 80,000 people are expected to flock to High Point this weekend for the Fall Furniture Market.

While the showrooms are only open to people in the business, people around the Triad benefit from the extra visitors in town.

According to a study from Duke University, High Point Market has an economic impact of in $5.39 billion dollars for the area.

And it's not just restaurants and hotels that are cashing in. Everyday people, like Rahim Stennett, have found ways to make money from market.

"This weekend is the grand furniture market," Stennett explained. "For me, personally, it's a chance to have a little extra income. Rooms and accommodations during this time can go for a pretty penny."

Stennett rents out two rooms in his house every Furniture Market through Airbnb. He's expecting to make around $1,000 this weekend.

The market also accounts for around 38,000 jobs, according to the High Point Market Authority.

Those include full-time and temporary jobs that center around market. 

"Growing up here, all the buzz that happens around market is just very interesting to me and I wanted to be a part of that," said Tiffany Alston, who has been hired for the market to help out with transportation.

The furniture show rooms are not open to the public this weekend. However, shortly after market, several showrooms open doors to the public to sell pieces that were on display.

Some of those showrooms include Baker furniture, French Heritage and Luke leather, among several others.

Most showrooms sell their floor pieces to other retailers in the area who then sell them at a discount.

You can find this discounted furniture at Furnishings 411 and the Furnitureland South Outlet.

"People like me, we buy the samples and bring them back to the warehouse and sell them to the public. Almost guaranteed, you can save 50 percent off of any other retailer," said Linda Greene with Furnishings 411.

According to Greene, pieces from this year's market will be seen on her shelves as early as next week.


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