Tuesday, April 21, 2009

headin' to High Point

30 years. That's how long I've been going to the High Point Furniture Market. Most of that time has been spent in showrooms waiting for that big retailer to come in and make my year. This industry has become my life. I've made a lot of friends and acquaintences. Saturday I'll be having dinner with a friend from Hong Kong and another from L.A. How cool is that!

Lately, I've been on the outside, looking for ideas. How can I incorporate my vision into an industry so ingrained in tradition? Everyone does it this way. So that's the way I should do it.

Well, not anymore. I'm bored with convention. I'm too young to die and too old to start over, or so I thought. I've decided to turn right when everyone turns left. There is no such thing as a one way street anymore. The wind does feel good when it blows in my face.

So, here's to new ideas. Here's to fresh looks. Here's to new beginnings.


  1. Tom, you are such an amazing inspiration :-)

    I just sent an e-mail to someone who I NEVER would have had the courage to send an e-mail to if I hadn't read your last blog post. It may go nowhere, it may go somewhere -- but at least there's possibility, and that wouldn't exist if I hadn't tried.

    Thank you, Tom!!

    Have fun with your friends this weekend :-)


  2. I hear ya Tom. You rebel! May the new beginnings spell S-U-C-C-E-S-S.