Showtime descends on city

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 01:13 AM

It’s Showtime, and attendees of the bi-annual fabric market continue to have high praises.
Each June and December, furniture manufacturers and other home decor professionals come to the International Textile Market Association’s Showtime for ideas for upholstery for pillows, couches and window coverings.
“It’s a good way to get an idea of the colors and patterns that will be on trend next year,” said Dennis Shepard, a buyer from Maryland.
There is a strong positive energy,” said Catherine Morsell, executive director of Showtime. “We expect a fantastic show.”
Morsell said Showtime has 173 exhibitors and attendance reached 800 buying companies, including apparel manufacturers, retail stores like Crate and Barrel,  custom motor coaches, bedding manufacturers and window covering companies.
Another attendee, Carla Daniels from Charlotte, said the trade show is very important to her.
“Other than just finding materials for the things you need, it is a great way to make connections,” she said. “It’s sort of like a reunion when we come back to High Point.”
Lona Bryan, a buyer from Greensboro, said she has been coming every year for almost 10 years.
“It always proves to be beneficial for me,” she said. “I’m only 20 minutes away, so even if I don’t do great business, I’m not really losing.”
On average, exhibitors schedule 70 to 110 appointments for the week, making this market a cost-effective venue to show and view thousands of fabrics.
According to the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau, Showtime brings about 3,000 people to the city and has an estimated economic impact of about $1.4 million.
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