Sunday, March 09, 2008

Guerrilla Radio: High Point, N.C.


First stop on our tour: High Point, North Carolina. Home to the largest dresser in America, a two-and-half story monstrosity, complete with a couple of socks hanging out of the drawer. Why, might you ask, would any self-respecting town create the largest dresser in America? High Point is the home furnishings capital of the world. I've included a photo to give you a sense of scale (hint: I'm the one who looks like an off-duty state trooper).

The area of town where our film screened looks like a modern ghost town: huge furniture showrooms and corporate offices, all sitting empty. Except for two weeks a year (once in April; once in October) when 70,000 furniture-industry types descend on High Point and swell its hotels and bars like Cancun on Spring Break, all to see the latest offerings in the International Home Furnishings Market. -- Thomas