North Carolina, the Furniture Capital of the WorldFurnitureland SouthFurnitureland South, located in Jamestown, is the largest single-store furniture retailer in the world with more than one million square feet of showroomsBefore earning the title Furniture Capital of the World, North Carolina’s presence in the furniture industry began in the 1890s with six furniture plants. Since then, the industry has expanded, and today many of the world’s foremost names in furniture call North Carolina home.In fact, twice a year, the world’s furniture industry travels to North Carolina to take part in the High Point Market, a week-long furnishings exhibition that provides the world’s most comprehensive product selection and new product showcase. “The Market” is for industry professionals only, but many of the furnishings on display there will show up in nearby furniture stores and outlets once the Market ends.If you’re looking for top-quality handcrafted furnishings at bargain prices, the concentration of factories, outlet stores, and craftspeople make North Carolina the ultimate furniture shopping destination. The depth of industry knowledge means professional advice and assistance are readily available. Plus, the close proximity of most of the manufacturers’ factories makes customization more feasible.Here are some places to consider for your North Carolina furniture-shopping excursion. Plus, be sure to check the visitors centers in both Hickory, High Point, and beyond for great “shop and stay” specials.20 Miles of FurnitureBetween Lenoir and Hickory U.S. 321 is a major roadway linking the Piedmont region to the High Country. In the 20 miles of U.S. 321 north of Interstate 40, you’ll find a multitude of stores, galleries, and outlets from both big-name manufacturers (like Bernhardt and Broyhill) to smaller, lesser-known companies that also produce top-quality furnishings.Hickory Furniture MartHickory With 100 showrooms, outlets, factory outlets and private galleries featuring more than a thousand of the world’s most reputable manufacturers, designers and expert craftsmen within the furniture industry, it’s no surprise that 500,000 people come to the Hickory Furniture Mart every year to browse and select quality furniture for their primary, secondary, and investment homes. You can choose from countless styles and selections all under one roof at affordable North Carolina prices.Catawba Furniture MallHickory This renovated shopping mall has found new life as a one-stop-shop for your home furnishings needs, with products from top designers such as Hooker and Calvin Klein. With more than eight acres of discount furniture and hundreds of manufacturers on display, you’ll find limitless choices of everything from living room sets to furniture for the children’s room.High Point Furniture RetailersHigh Point, Jamestown, Thomasville When local civic icons include a giant chest of drawers and an 18-foot Duncan Phyfe chair, you know you’re in the heart of furniture country. Stop in the High Point Visitors Bureau and pick up a Furniture Shopping Directory, then wind your way through dozens of small and large shops and galleries providing everything from Oriental rugs to dining room sets to decorative lighting.Furnitureland SouthJamestown Billing itself as the “World’s Largest Home Furnishings Showcase,” this massive complex just off of Interstate 85’s Business Loop features more than 1.3 million square feet of showroom space. Don’t be overwhelmed, one of the company’s sales and design consultants will guide you through the store and help you find the exact item or set you’re looking for.Replacements, Ltd.Greensboro Did you ever lose or break a piece of a favorite china or silver set and assume that it could never be replaced? Well, don’t give up until you’ve been to this 500,000-square-foot store that has an inventory of 13 million pieces from more than 383,000 patterns. Whether you’re looking to replace a broken item or buy a completely new set of china, crystal or silver, this Greensboro institution is more than likely to have exactly what you want.Lynn Seldon is an Oak Island-based travel writer who loves covering his home state.