On the bus from our hotel to the North Carolina High Point Furniture Market, Diana and I like to listen to the excited chatter of the other passengers. After all, High Point is the Super Bowl of the furniture business. Listening to bus chatter is like getting a peak at the other team's playbook.
"My focus is the new upholstery lines," one designer announced. "I let my assistants grab some accessories at the end of the show."
Accessories are our focus at High Point. Every fall, we make it our mission to find the most stylish new pieces to complement the great mix of quality furniture in our three showrooms. We outdid ourselves this year.
Last week, the treasures we ordered start arriving. The delivery trucks began rumbling up to our warehouse and unloading boxes and more boxes. Our FCG elves got busy, unpacking and assembling, then buffing and polishing every item before sending them off to our three stores.
I'm confident we've got all the pieces that will make your home merry and bright for the holidays. We knew we'd hit the jackpot when we posted photos on our website. That's when our phones started jingling with calls from excited customers.
In Hanover, our flagship store, we have the ever-popular ski signs, including the bright red cross for Ski Patrol. We also have fireplace tools, mirrors and holiday trays. In Natick, where our customers favor a more modern look, we've got decorative urns, mirrors, hammered-silver trays and cozy blankets.
In Plymouth, which features a coastal and cottage vibe, we've got snowflake and other winter-theme pillows, nautical prints, maps and decorative fireplace screens.
More items will be pouring in over the next few weeks, so be sure to check out our website and stop by our stores. You'll be inspired by the unique mix of accessories for your home. And you just might find the perfect gift there, too, for friends and family.