The Gallery Furniture High Point market team, which is composed (for the first time in High Point Market history of any retailer doing so) of customers. And not just any customers, but the world's greatest customers, those of Gallery Furniture - the world's greatest furniture store.
Earlier in the day, the love of all things in the Ty Pennington Collection (an exclusive to be carried by Gallery Furniture and manufactured by Howard Miller) gave way to a vast array of opinions in the Largo Showroom. The Largo Showroom was two blocks away from the IHFC building, and while the excited mood generated by the Ty Pennington line was very much alive and well as the team left the Howard Miller showroom, it was in Largo that the beauty of different opinions came to light.
Gallery Furniture's customers at High Point Market absorbing the various pieces at Largo Furniture - a company carried by Gallery Furniture due to their wide array of categories such as living room, dining room, bedroom furniture as well as upholstery and leather and accent chairs.
Gallery Furniture is all about commitment to finding the latest and greatest, and with customers as buyers this means that a new set of eyes, unbiased and unfettered by industry bias. Given the selection process of these great customers, it was only a matter of time before the beautiful prism of colors that are personalities and opinions came forth to make the decision making process a bit more involved.
Valerie shows a contemporary piece that she stepped out of her comfort zone for at Largo, even saying that while this was not normally something she would say appeals to her, she sees the overall appeal and look for Gallery Furniture customers.
From a unanimous cheer of approval of the Ty Pennington line, with its Crate-and-Barrel and Pottery Barn look with a serious injection of quality and value injected above and beyond those big box stores... to the core groups carried at Gallery Furniture by Largo creating divergent reactions, the day was filled with a truly live customer panel.
While looking at a dresser/mirror combination, no matter what the opinion on the piece, Gallery Furniture customers benefit from a Largo lesson on dovetail joinery and the differences in various styles of joints.
Nancy Burke stands next to a piece loved by Nancy Shaddock - despite the two having a different opinion on this bedroom piece, Burke helps Shaddock with a photo to showcase a sense of scale. It's all about teamwork with Gallery Furniture.
Whether it was something as simple as finish - "that finish simply won't work here" versus "I think that finish on that Largo piece is actually very nice" - or something as complex as the total look and feel of a particular collection ("that doesn't really grab me as something folks like me would like" to "I need to say I find that piece gorgeous") the opinions flowed like a dam whose waters have been released after being held back for too long against the will of nature.
And oh, what a beautiful sight it was. Buyer Chris Etheredge of Gallery Furniture seed the opportunity, grabbing the exchange of commentary and using it to gain knowledge for the Gallery Furniture process. "It was good to see them finally disagreeing," said Chris, "you have to have something more than unanimous agreement on everything - and I think we all agree on how wonderful the exclusive Ty Pennington line at Gallery Furniture will be - but you HAVE to have differences for us all to learn."
Indeed. God painted many colors on the rainbow, and the beauty in the rainbow is the sum of those colors. Just like the different colors of that rainbow.... personal observations and the flow of opinions will bring beauty from diversity. Gallery Furniture's wonderful High Point market team has such a great dynamic that they were able to discuss variances in that opinion and share those observations with Martha Kologinczak, Chris, and Gil and grow the knowledge of Gallery Furniture staff. Remember, you are never too old to learn, and Gallery Furniture was learning a lot from these wonderful rookie buyers at High Point Market.