Thursday, January 19, 2012

Come to Market

Home furnishing professionals travel to markets afar seeking beautiful products their customers will love. Las Vegas, High Point, Dallas, and Atlanta, and many other cities have sought the attention of discriminating buyers for years. Marla and I have cast our Wesco Fabrics’ buying net far and wide traveling to trade shows around the world as well as markets and bazaars. It takes a lot of energy, patience, and resourcefulness, but treasures can be found in the most unexpected places.

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Heimtextil in Frankfurt and MoOd in Brussels are some of largest textile shows in the world.

The Tianyi Wholesale Market in Beijing is a multi-story bazaar of interesting products.

Beijing’s Panjiayuan Weekend Market is an amazing collection of antiques sellers from throughout China. Bargaining is definitely de rigueur!

Biking Buddhas at the market.

Many sellers simply lay down a cloth and merchandise their wares.

An early picture of me scrounging around for good stuff in Northern Thailand.

A little rain doesn’t stop the action at this market in Ubud Bali.

Marla found some great Tenganan baskets.

Bali still has furniture markets filled with wonderful products from throughout Indonesia and beyond.

“Come on Marla, there might be some cool items in here!”

Nirvana for me is spending a day or two at the Marche aux Puces flea market in the Paris suburb of Saint-Ouen. There has been a flea market in this area since the 19th century. There is always something dazzling to be discovered while walking the tiny lanes and galleries.

The Maison et Object in Paris is my favorite market to find fashion and style forward design. Marla is checking out a pair of giant antique doors from India.

On a Wesco Fabrics’ incentive trip to Koh Samui, Thailand, we took customers to visit a local market.

We found gorgeous hand-woven silk scarves for our showroom while in Luang Prabang, Laos.

The market in Bago, Burma, has remained the same for hundreds of years.

The Kota Kinabalu market in the Sabah state of Malaysian Borneo is full of activity. This tailor takes his sewing machine wherever he goes.

Almost every city and town in Europe has a weekend brocante market. You couldn’t keep me away from this market in Brussels.

I’m shopping for a few things in Villefranche sur Mer. Why go to a supermarket when you can shop produce from a local farmers’ market? I love Whole Foods and especially Central Market in Dallas, which is a major foodie haven, but local markets are so much more fun!

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