HIGH POINT—The fall furniture market is in full swing in High Point.
The event began Saturday and thousands of buyers have have already descended on the showrooms, looking to add to their collections.
Attendance is usually around 75,000 and while some furniture executives say they were worried that the government shutdown could have had a negative effect, so far the week-long event has gone off without a hitch.
A recent Duke University study showed the High Point Furniture market is the largest economic event in North Carolina year-after-year. The study said the market has a $5.4 billion economic impact, creates 37,000 jobs and brings in nearly $198 million in tax revenue.
The event brings thousands of visitors to the area hotels, restaurants and other businesses, which creates some traffic problems for area residents.
"For people who live here day in and day out, we know that the market can be an imposition. I think we want to thank everybody for their cooperation and for their patience with us during the market and I think if they just realized how important the market is to this economy, I think their patience will be well rewarded,” said High Point Market Authority president Tom Conley.
The fall furniture market runs through Thursday.