Designers High Point Secrets Revealed

High Point. It might just be a designer’s slice of heaven––more than 2,000 vendors in one place showcasing thousands upon thousands of new products. And, the possibilities for inspiration and great project finds can be endless. They share their High Point Secrets with us.

And while we love to hear designers dish on the latest trends of High Point and what they hope to see, we really wanted to know their High Point secrets. We wanted the inside tricks on how they spend days going from showroom to showroom and still keep on their toes! So here’s a little of what we discovered from the pros.

Renee, Kate and Christina of Park and Oak


Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto of Park & Oak

“It is essential to bring a portable phone charger to High Point — we always want to take so many pictures, but don’t want our phones to shut down by 12pm”

Pacita Wilson of Pineapple Park, Woodstock, Georgia:

Paul Bentley, Summer Classics Sales Rep, and Pacita Wilson

For every Market my go-to items are my work bag (completely empty so I can fill it with all of our orders from Market), lots of Water to hydrate from walking for days to all of our favorite go to Vendors and light weight clothing (layered so I can remove a jacket or layer if the weather changes). We always look forward to Market and this year I’m sure will not disappoint!

Leigh Murphy, GDC Home, Charleston, South Carolina:

I try to keep my market bag as light as possible because it definitely gets heavier as the day goes on.  I carry a list of all vendors I want to see organized by appointment time or location.  The only way I can get it all done is to be organized!  My iPhone for taking pictures (and the calculator) is my most necessary item.  Some lip-gloss and my favorite Rue de Marli hand cream are essential too. 

Sita Montgomery, Sita Montgomery Interiors, Salt Lake City, Utah:

When attending Market, the most important item in my bag is a pair of comfortable shoes! It might sound trite, but navigating High Point Market on foot is not an easy task. Comfortable shoes are a must.

Also, for me, a good planner is a must. It might be an old school method, but no matter how you do it, planning out your time at Market can ensure you make the most of your days spent there. Take time to study the vendors and showrooms. My most successful trips to Market are one where I have an objective in mind and a plan for achieving it.

A few other goodies you will find in my Market bag are a backup charger for my phone (my phone gets a major workout, snapping all the gorgeous finds) and some easy snacks. Most of the Showrooms provide little bites to eat, but there are times you will suddenly find yourself famished. Having a little snack you can grab from your bag, helps to curb your hunger and keep you going a little longer.

And, if you need to give your feet a rest from the constant walking High Point requires, stop by Summer Classics in IH 505 for a rest in some of our deep seating furniture.