Elizabeth Brumbaugh

To Market We Go!

The clock is ticking; we’re soon heading to the annual Fall Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. This time of year gives me all the feels. The (somewhat) cooler weather in Texas, the onslaught of candy and pumpkins, and, of course, the upcoming pressure of the holidays. Let me interject here, by “pressure”, I mean entertaining family, buying gifts, and eating — a lot!


So, back to the market; it’s really my version of holiday shopping. The validity of the market is hinged on inventory. Every year, we try to go into this event with a strong plan of what we want to showcase in the store. We think about: what does our client want? What looks like our customers’ homes? We also look for pieces that inspire creativity. For example, there might be a great piece of colorful artwork or accent chair that can work with our aesthetic and really breathe life into a room. 

Attempting to be organized means starting with a road-map of which manufacturers we want to visit, and in which order. Making lists of needs and wants also helps the days pass with better intention. I love to color coordinate an excel spreadsheet with a firm gameplan. (P.S., have I mentioned my addiction to excel and all spreadsheets in general?)

The packing is always an ordeal, but let’s be real: when is packing not an ordeal? For a comfortable but still professional look, I love blazers and pixie pants — my go-to! Then just add cute, yet comfortable shoes (yes, they do exist). Here’s a fun look-book of some styles that I will go for at this Fall Market:

Here’s a little throwback from the Fall Furniture Market a couple of years back. Here is Larry in his go-to Fall Market duds, and Mom and I sporting a blazer and dress combo.

Having my purse prepared for long days at the market helps me stay comfortable, and makes me feel ready to take on the somewhat overwhelming experience! Here are some must-have purse essentials for my market shopping:

These are some must-haves for my market experience…let me know if you can think of on this crazy eventful market expedition!

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