Shopping: North Carolina : Armchair Traveler : Buying Discount Furniture in the Shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains

My business partner Diane Marshall and I both bought bigger houses and they needed new furniture to soften the Echo near USempty rooms.
We heard about shopping near the source. -
Furniture showroom in North Carolina-
We can save enough money to pay for the trip.
A little skeptical, we cashed it a lot-
Fly miles, book cars and hotels, and look for furniture for bargains.
We don\'t have to look too far.
Although North Carolina is known for its beaches, Blue Ridge mountains and lakes, it also has furniture.
Lots of furniture. Within a 200-
Companies such as High asville, Henredon, Lexington, Drexel Heritage and Broyhill handmade products are located within a mile radius of High Point and pecan town, accounting for more than 65% of all furniture in the United States.
These manufacturers and other manufacturers operate showrooms and sell them through local furniture discount stores, and after paying for shipping, we find that we have saved between 35% and 50%.
We know that many people are open to the public, but we expect to find that these warehouses are low in light, dusty, and the concrete floors are cold.
On the contrary, we found that the exhibition hall with professional design consists of experienced interior designer sales staff.
They answered the decoration questions and gave us advice on the fabric, wood and workmanship issues.
They also told us that our visit in September took place at the best of the year.
In September and April, discount stores and manufacturers further reduced their prices to make room for new furniture to be displayed on the international furniture market, a trade show held in October and twice a year.
We got the most savings by doing a little homework.
Before we went to North Carolina, we noticed in our local store the price, manufacturer and number of styles of furniture we liked.
We also wrote to some manufacturers asking for brochures or sending them pictures we found in the home decor magazine asking for a style number.
We gave ourselves two days at High Point and hickory, and another day to visit the exhibition halls in the rural areas between the two towns, such as tomasville, Statesville,-
Their location was collected from correspondence with the high point and the Hickory Chamber of Commerce.
Our first stop along the main street of the high point proves that our research is priceless.
Worboys is a manufacturer of modern upholstered furniture, and the price of each sofa, love seat and chair is at least 30% lower than the recommended retail price. Scores of mint-
In order to make room for the new season\'s models, the condition floor samples were reduced by 25%.
A love seat with a suggested retail price of $982 is usually priced at $589 in the showroom, or 40% less.
An additional reduction of 25% was $441. 75.
Including delivery to Diane\'s home in Florida for a total price of $492.
75, saving 50%.
Items on our group shopping list include a Bernhardt sofa with two matching tassel pillows on it, the place I stayed in San Diego for $1,621 and a Maitland-
The Smith leather cocktail table costs $1,724 in San Diego and $1,950 in New York.
For these items, we were directed to furniture, rose furniture and atrium in the south, the biggest discount store at the high point.
Fashion furniture in the south, three-
230,000 square feet story glass building-
Five football fields. -
Furniture from various manufacturers.
After logging in and getting the map, we are free to browse, touch, sit inside and watch the furniture and accessories.
There are more than 300 furniture lines in the furniture area in the south, and these maps are essential to find individual galleries designated by the manufacturer or style or category.
It is impossible to compare the price by looking at the sales label, only the manufacturer suggests the retail price.
To get an idea of the discounted price or get help, we had to pick up one of the 50 phones located within the entire building and arrange a sales consultant to meet us.
We were annoyed with the practice until a salesperson explained that the discount price would vary depending on our choice of finishes and fabrics.
She took us to the third one.
Floor library, where we studied thousands of fabric samples, wood finishes, and furniture catalogues.
After visiting the furniture gallery for four hours and comparing the price, we were satisfied.
Our feet are sore and our eyes are blurred.
Each monitor starts to be the same as before.
Aware of the short attention time of tired and hungry customers, furnitreland South built a site
Floor cafe with food and drinks.
We went downstairs for a snack.
We reviewed the notes immediately.
South furniture without Maitland-
Smith furniture, but our Bernhardt sofa cost $1,330 including delivery.
This is nearly $300 less than San Diego.
We also noticed that the price of the King, including delivery, was $479
Size headboard for Lexington weekend holiday series--
About $350 less than what I saw at my home in San Diego.
Refreshed, we move on to the next discount store.
Although Rose furniture occupies about half of the space in the furniture showroom, it represents almost twice the lines and is one of the oldest furniture companies in the region.
With so many manufacturers to choose from, it\'s easy for us to find furniture and accessories including courtyard furniture from Tropitone and Brown Jordan.
There are some of the town\'s most eclectic gallery exhibitions on the second floor.
We found our Maitland.
The Smith cocktail table costs $1,102, nearly $850 less than New York and $662 less than San Diego.
The Bernhardt sofa for Rose furniture costs $1,293, saving $328 over San Diego and $37 over southern furniture.
However, at $495, the price of the headboard is more expensive than the furniture in the South.
In addition to the discount showroom, the company is still in
Cheap warehouse on Main Street.
It sells samples, customs clearance items, endsof-
Seasonal goods and damaged carton goods.
The price is clearly marked, but most of them can be discussed.
For example, a sample of Casa Bique chaise lounge is priced at $715.
But with a little bargaining, the salesman dropped it down to $649. (
Sold for $857 in furniturland South;
The recommended retail price is $1,500. )
We found the atrium on the street: a 250,000-square-
Furniture Mall foot discount.
There are brick walkways, large windows, open stairs and a highly recommended restaurant, which will say nothing but discounts.
However, its 27 galleries represent more than 200 manufacturers, saving between 40% and 50% from the retail industry.
Despite some overlap, each Gallery is good at different lines and styles.
One bedroom boutique features customization-
Bedroom furniture, bedspread and window treatment;
La Maison handles screens, accessories and lighting equipment in more than 90 colors, as well as leather permanent carrier leather furniture.
But in the Hickory furniture market, we found the lowest prices on the shopping list.
This is combined with the convenience of shopping with our credit card (
At the high point, we were asked to pay by personal check)
The shopping here is particularly attractive.
In the furniture shopping in Hickory, Hickory Furniture supermarket dominates. The four-story, 12-
Acre complex has about 60 galleries, factory shops and shops to sell over 500 lines of home and office furniture, accessories and lighting products at a discount.
The furniture museum and Matt cafe provide the pleasure of shopping.
We used a free pocket.
Size booklet with complex catalogues and maps to find stores like the lighting gallery that sell discounted light fixtures and fixtures, including those made by Watford and Wedgwood.
Boyle\'s unique furniture store buys good mattresses from kings, Bear Stearns and Simons.
King of California
Simmons Beautyrest Royalty mattress, two boxes of springs, retail price $1,049-
$1,799, but because of the color mismatch, its price is $198, and the price of other suits with wear marks or minor flaws ranges from $298 to $699.
On the third floor, the Hickory Park furniture gallery saves a lot of money on a pair of Hickory samples
Frye love seat (
Fitted with a matching slip cover)
Retail price per unit is $1,769.
They cut $699 each and saved 60%.
When ordering separately, the cost of a single set is $480.
Although it is not on our shopping list, we still can\'t resist the price and buy them all. A 70,00-square-foot, four-
The floor part is the exit of the home decoration factory.
There are 10 outlets and the Maitland Gallery.
Smith, Dreiser legacy, Baldwin Blas, Frederick Edward, symphony and henryden, among others.
Stylish prices for wood and upholstered furniture, hardware and building products, decorative fabrics and window displays are 70% lower than retail prices.
Accessories including market samples, factory closed-
Out-of-stock, out-of-production, market promotion, overspending and abnormal phenomena.
Downstairs, we found attractive window care for the price at the Symphony store.
Their custom curtains are made of stock fabric, $5 per square foot, and $12
The usual cost is $15. A 72-by 60-
Shades of inches that retail for $450 are marked as $150.
We see custom tones for specially ordered fabrics 40% lower than retail.
We finally found our Maitland.
Smith cocktail table on the fourth floor of the wildermere Gallery.
The salesperson initially quoted US $1,289, including shipping, but was willing to beat Rose furniture for $1 in the end.
We reached an agreement.
His price on the headboard was also $21 less than the furniture in the South, but we decided we really didn\'t need it.
In addition to the Hickory furniture market, there are many other furniture discount stores in the United States. S.
70, and the United States. S.
321 from Lenoir.
We found the Bonita furniture gallery in it.
\"If you\'re looking for Bernhardt furniture, you can\'t buy it in the US for a lower price,\" said Kevin Watson, a salesman at Bonita furniture gallery . \".
\"In fact, the comparison between Hickory and nearly a dozen stores at the high point shows the price of Bonita, including delivery, our Bernhart sofa is $1,195 or 8% cheaper than the next minimum discount and 26% cheaper than San Diego.
Bonita furnished with Casa Bique, Link-
Tyler, Hammary, Hickory
White and driveway, as well as Stiffel, Fitz, Floyd and Baldwin brass fixtures and accessories.
We spent quite a bit of money on furniture. -
I bought $3,500 worth of furniture for $6,000.
Diane spent $900 and nearly $1,648. -
We saved a total of more than $3,000, far exceeding the cost of traveling.
We had the opportunity to spend some time in North Carolina and enjoy the spectacular autumn leaves of the Blue Mountains and some southern hospitality.
Guide: looking for discounted furniture when to go: many showrooms are closed to the public, accommodation sold out during the international furniture market in April and October (this year, Oct. 20-28)
So plan travel at other times.
Walking around: it\'s a simple two-
It\'s an hour\'s drive from the high point to Hickory, USA. S.
Interstate 64 and 40
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Hickory 70 SE highway 2250;
Part of the Hickory Furniture Market complex;
The price starts at $50 per night; (800)HOLIDAY, (704)328-2081.
Holiday Inn Market Plaza, 236 S. Main St. , High Point;
Cross the street from the atrium;
The price starts at $50 per night; (800)HOLIDAY; (910)886-7011.
Radisson Blu, 135Main St. , High Point;
Three blocks from the atrium;
The price starts at $90 per night; (910)889-8888.
Furniture purchase: 25% required for most discount stores-
50% deposit per order;
The balance is due when the furniture is ready for shipment or delivery.
Delivery time varies from 8 weeks to 12 weeks including cancellation and setup.
Delivery costs vary depending on weight and shipping distance.
Cancellation is accepted only with the consent of the manufacturer.
The purchase fee is 25%-
Cancellation of an order usually costs 35%.
More information: the local Chamber of Commerce has maps and guides for furniture manufacturers and exhibition halls.
Bureau of conference and visitorsO.
Box 1828 HickoryC. 28603-1818, (800)849-5093, (704)322-1335.
High Point Conference and Visitors BureauO.
Box 2273, High Point, N. C. 27261, (910)884-5255.
Department of Tourism and tourism, North Carolina, 430Salisbury St.
Raleigh 27611 ,(800)847-4862 or (919)733-4171.
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