September 28th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Are you looking to buy American Made furniture? One of our customers mentioned yesterday that she finally found us at Vermont Woods Studios after searching high and low for furniture made in the USA. She was amazed at how difficult it is to ascertain where a piece of furniture is made.
Kind of like cars… it's nearly impossible to find a definition of US made furniture. That's because most furniture companies we think of as American are making their furniture overseas (for example, Bassett, Broyhill, Lanye, Lazy Boy, Ethan Allan, Thomasville, Pennsylvania House, Drexel, American Drew, Stanley and others). Rather than be up front about it, they will often complete the last manufacturing step or two (for example applying the finish) in the USA and will then state that their furniture is Made in the USA. They lobby against any sort of definitions for the American made label because it does not suit their interest.
Just so you know, though there are furniture makers left that really do make their furniture 100% in the USA. Vermont has become the hub of American furniture making over the last 30 years or so, as North Carolina companies have mostly gone overseas.
Of the 2000 or so Vermont furniture makers, I can think of only two that have a portion of their operations overseas. That says something about Vermont, don't you think?