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Biggest Furniture Show Yet Features Idol's Skylar Laine

Tupelo, Miss. – The Tupelo Furniture Market, one of the largest furniture trade shows in the United States, will open Building No. 1 of its six buildings to the public for a big show featuring American Idol contestant Skylar Laine Feb. 6-9.
The building will be packed with furniture, home accessories, appliances, jewelry, clothing and other fashion-related items that the public and many of the furniture retailers attending want to see.
Once again, the companies that will fill the 185,000-square- feet of space in Bldg. 1 will be offering incredible pricing on their products!
In addition, entertainment, prizes, parties and a fashion show, as well as the chance to grab “show dollars” in a “money booth” to spend at the event will add excitement to the shopping experience!
“We have had great success with our first three iterations of this event and it has grown beyond our expectations,” said Melissa Kelly, coordinator of the Furniture & Home Accessories Show. Kelly went on to explain that on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Skylar Laine, a past competitor on American Idol and a local Mississippian, will be on hand to entertain the crowd, sign autographs and speak to the crowd. Also, on Friday, the 2nd iteration of the “Sparkles and Spirits” party will be begin at 4 p.m.
Those participating will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, as well as “door prizes” that will be given away during the event.  Wishbone, a local acoustic band, will be on hand to entertain the crowd on Saturday at 4 p.m. immediately following the first TFM Fashion Show which will begin earlier Saturday at 2 p.m. Woman’s clothing, jewelry and accessories will be on display, as well as children’s clothing and accessories.
TFM03“This ‘event within our event’ has provided the perfect vehicle for furniture industry retailers that are searching for smaller companies offering unique furniture, home accessories, and other items that might round out their inventory,” said Kevin J. Seddon, president of the market.  “Many of these small companies, which often sell hand-crafted furniture and accessories in smaller amounts, want to sell to both the trade and the public so we all them to do so in one of our buildings.  It’s worked perfectly for all our attendees and for our exhibiting companies!”
Seddon went on to explain that Bldg. 1 has in many ways become an incubator for many smaller exhibitors in that when showing in Tupelo, they are able to effectively make the transition from selling direct to consumers only, to selling to retail establishments. According to Seddon, many of the small companies that have shown their products in building I in the past are now selling to retailers exclusively and have moved to the market’s “trade only” buildings.
“The open floor space as well as every showroom will be filled completely for this spring’s show,” Seddon added. “We will be raffling prizes including a fur coat, jewelry, a $500 shopping spree, and every day for one to two hours, many of those attending the event will be given a chance to ‘grab Show Dollars’ in our money booth. Flyers designed as ‘show money’ have been distributed at retail stores, beauty shops and restaurants throughout Tupelo, Pontotoc, Oxford and other cites near Tupelo. We encourage the public to pick them up at these locations and bring them to building I for a chance to win show dollars and coupons that they can spend during the event!”
“This, the 4th version of the Furniture & Home Accessories Show, will have more furniture than ever before, but will also have a lot accessories and fashion items” said Katie Kimbrell, the company’s buyer recruitment director. “Companies that will showcase fashion items include Bluebird Boutique, Southern Chics, 1409 Posh Boutique, touch of class and many, many more!”
Kimbrell went on to list many more items that will be available to the public, business owners and retailers that choose to shop in building I, including all types of furniture – even outdoor furniture, home accessories, rugs, frames and framed art, lighting, mattresses, pottery, appliances, electronics, clothing, jewelry, purses, artwork, yard art, lighting and lighting fixtures.  Some of the major brands include Hampton Bay, Thomasville, Samsung, Frigidaire, Hotpoint and LG.
The companies chosen to showcase at this event are either in the home furnishings and home accessories sector or they are specialty and niche market companies selling unique home products, art and fashion. This event promises to provide an amazing, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity!
The Furniture and Home Accessories Show runs from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9. The Show times are: 8 a.m.- to 6 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m-6 p.m Saturday; and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

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