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Suppliers react to latest Tupelo Furniture Market

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 2/09/2014 11:34 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Buyers and sellers at the latest Tupelo Furniture Market started packing up Sunday evening as the market closed its doors on the first session of 2014.

One of those vendors was Doug Little. He opened his mom and pop furniture company in the early 1990s.

"One thing kind of led to something else," Little said. "We eventually started selling log furniture and metal work."

His company, Twigs to Furniture & Metal Design, later evolved into something much larger, and now, Little and his wife have customers across the southeastern United States.

"Retailers are our main customers for our business," he added.

Four years ago, Little began marketing himself in Tupelo at the furniture market, and this year, he said he has something that makes him happy.

"This year, this time, it's been good for us," Little explained. "It has really been good for us. We've had some great customers come by."

Down a few spaces, Corinthian Furniture experienced mixed reviews.

In one of its showrooms, sales were booming. In another, however, which is more focused on retail, Mother Nature wasn't on the company's side.

"The weather has had an impact," said manager Scotty Ethridge. "The customers that had to fly in were mainly impacted."

But he said that's not the take away from this market. Instead, the company is celebrating the sales in its other showroom.

This year, Corinthian started a new program, allowing buyers to purchase single items instead of bulk only.

"Not that they can't necessarily afford a truckload, but they don't have a store that can store a whole truckload," Ethridge explained. "They don't have a big warehouse, so we're getting a great response. This has been a good market  for us."

He said that program change made it an excellent market with great buyers and customers.

Some vendors said this year's weather had a major impact on their business. Next time, they said they hope the weather is on their side.

The spring market attracted more than 500 vendors.
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