McIngvale was born on February 11, 1951, in Starkville, Mississippi. He graduated from Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas and attended North Texas State University, now University of North Texas, in Denton where he played football.
He and his wife have four children.
McIngvale is best known for his energetic, fast-paced sales pitches, typically ending with some variant of his catchphrase “saves you money!” His distinctive sales style originated from an incident that occurred early on in Gallery Furniture’s history.
Faced with financial difficulties, McIngvale invested all his remaining money, approximately $10,000, in a television commercial to be aired on two Houston stations.
While watching the commercial being produced, he became dissatisfied and ad-libbed a sales pitch, speaking rapidly because of the limited amount of time available.
Jim McIngvale Children: Meet Elizabeth McIngvale, Laura McIngvale, James McIngvale
James and Linda have three children, Elizabeth, Laura and James McIngvale. Elizabeth is the most popular of Mattress Mack’s children.
Other details about his children is not mentioned to the public.