Pros:Great prices, comprehensive selection, professional help
Cons:must travel a distance, delivery can take several months
You may have heard that North Carolina is famous for its furniture market, and you may even know someone who has gone to NC to buy a piece of furniture or a house full of furniture. If you are interested and tempted to find great deals and an unbelievable selection of furniture, but do not know where to get started, I hope I can help.
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The city of High Point, NC is the center of the furniture market and has been for over 70 years. There is everything from small specialized shops that run up and down Main Street for several miles, to the larger, full service stores in the outskirts of the town. If flying, you will need to make reservations to arrive into the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC. This airport services all three cities within the Piedmont Triad, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. There are many hotels in the towns of High Point and Greensboro. Everything from economy hotels to the more expensive Embassy Suites is available. If you stay in Greensboro, you will have a 15-25 minute drive into downtown High Point. The Greensboro or High Point Visitor's Center can help you to chose the best option for you.
Personally, I have had the best experiences with two of the larger stores, Furnitureland South and Boyles Furniture. Both are located on Route Business 85, across the road from each other. They are beautiful stores that offer full service, many famous name brands, incredible selection and worldwide delivery. They are open Monday thorough Saturday but closed on Sundays. Their sales people sit down with customers one on one to address their specific needs and to help their customers make wise decisions. Furnitureland South has two buildings. The main building for furniture also houses a restaurant and the second building is for accessories only.
Some smaller stores which are recommended are Wood Armfield, located on Main Street, and The Atrium, also on Main Street, which is a small mall of furniture stores, including such well known manufacturers as Pennsylvania House.
If you enjoy a Ralph Lauren look and you don't mind driving 25 minutes South, you must visit the Bob Timberlake Gallery located just of Route 85 in Lexington. It has a wonderful collection of furniture and accessories which will make you feel as if you just stepped into a Colorado mountain lodge.
Remember to bring measurements of rooms, as well as, to measure doorways so you can be sure that what you purchase will fit in your home.
All stores mentioned take major credit cards.
NOTE: Do not be confused by those who refer to "The Market" which occurs twice a year in April and October. "The Market" is a period of ten days when furniture dealers and retailers join to do business. "The Market" is NOT open to the public. It is a showcase for those in the furniture business only.
The Atrium 336/882-5599
Wood Armfield 336/889-6522
Boyles Furniture 336/812-2200
Bob Timberlake 336/224-1353
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