Here's something I am very excited about — I am going to High Point Spring Market in April. This is the trade show for the home furnishings business. It's where manufacturers represent their wares and new products are shown. It happens twice a year and for many years now, I have wanted to make it, but something has always got in the way. This year I decided by hook or by crook I was going to head to N.C. for Spring Market.
Most manufacturers are repped here in Boston, but there are some lines that are not represented here so I am excited to broaden my scope of product offerings to my customers. And to start going direct for other product lines. This could save my customers some money. It's a way to offer the same high quality products I sell at reduced offerings.
One of my designer pals has gone to N.C. for years and has developed relationships with many sales reps. I called her to ask for a primer on "Market" as it is called in the biz. She mentioned she might want to go again, so I told her I'd book a room with 2 double beds in case she decided last minute to come. How happy am I that she will be my partner in crime?! I have traveled alone in the past, but business travel can be a bit sad — all those dinners alone. Not so fun…. I am so happy my friend is coming with me.
We decided to divide and conquer during the day, but have breakfast and lunch together.
It's nice to have something to look forward to, to continue to learn and broaden what you know. Stay tuned for reports once I am back.