Florist: High Point market flower sales decline

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HIGH POINT, N.C.--- Local florists say shops have seen a reduction in orders for showroom arrangements at the High Point Furniture Market.

Ellington Florist on South Main Street has supplied showroom arrangements and plants for designers for 20 years.

At the end of each market, owner Tommie Ellington estimates the amount of wholesale product she'll pre-order for next year and says in the last five to ten years the number of arrangements per showroom has dropped dramatically. This year Ellington per-ordered about $1500 worth of flowers which is 70 percent less that what she used to order.

"We really don't consider that a big event anymore. Valentines... Mother's Day and Christmas are our big events and market is just something we hope will get better," said Ellington.

Ellington says more companies are bringing their own interior designers to supply floral arrangements thus cutting their on-site floral budgets.

The High Point Furniture Market will begin October 13th and run through October 18th. More than 2,000 exhibitors will attend in about 180 buildings.

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