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Celebrate Vermont’s History and Future with Our American Made Furniture Sale

June 30th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

By Loryn Dion

While festivals and events across the state will be celebrating American history next week, Vermont Woods Studios will be honoring a vibrant past of Vermont woodworking this 4th of July with a storewide 20% off sale.

image from vermontwoodsstudios.comBeing new to the Vermont area, I’ve been consistently researching the events and traditions that are celebrated here in the Green Mountain State. So with 4th of July around the corner, I began looking into the best places to see fireworks, enjoy music and entertainment and learn about Vermont’s past. What I learned is that Vermont has a very rich history that Vermonters waste no time in celebrating come Independence Day!

Plymouth, Vermont is the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, the country’s 30th President and only President to be born on Independence Day. Every year in Plymouth, a special event, The President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration, is held to celebrate his life and legacy. This celebration includes a march from the village green to the cemetery where a wreath from the White House is laid at the President’s gravesite, a chicken barbecue at the Wilder House Restaurant and a live Vermont Public Radio interview with nationally known commentator and author Amity Shlaes, about her latest book, Coolidge.   

Another event that has been highly recommended by Peggy is the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Concert – Summer Festival Tour. At multiple locations across Vermont, guests can pack a picnic, enjoy an evening with friends and family listening to the beautiful arrangements of the VSO and then watch a spectacular fireworks show to top off the night. Visit their website to learn more about the events and find a location near you.

SFTwebEVENTpageHere at Vermont Woods Studios, we’re celebrating the only way we know how: honoring our fantastic craftsman with a storewide furniture sale! Woodworking has been an integral part of Vermont’s economy and lifestyle for over 200 years. The origins of Vermont woodworking can be traced back to the late 1700’s when cabinet-makers would set up shops in town centers and use local hardwoods to create unique furniture pieces to sell to the public. These furniture-makers took pride in every piece they made from start to finish and today, Vermont Woods Studios is proud to say that the same passion still lies in Vermont woodworkers.

This 4th of July, this tradition can be celebrated from July 1st through July 7th with a special storewide sale that only happens twice a year. We are offering all of our handmade, fine furniture at 20% off, the lowest prices we can possibly offer. So give us a call, visit our Web site or stop by next week and celebrate Vermont history with us. We look forward to hearing from you. Happy 4th of July! 

 

Loryn Dion is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

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American Made Outdoor Furniture: What’s The Best Wood To Use?

June 13th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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The best wood to use for outdoor furniture isn't wood at all.  It's Polywood, made out of recycled milk jugs and guaranteed for a lifetime of outdoor use.

Tis the season for buying outdoor furniture.  Even in Vermont we have a couple nice days each year when everyone wants to lounge in the sun with a cold drink and a good book.

Our customers often discover us when they're searching for American made, eco-friendly furniture.  We've worked in collaboration with Vermont furniture makers for many years but have stuck to selling just sustainable indoor furniture for the dining room, bedroom and home office.

So when customers began to ask for outdoor porch, pool and patio furniture we were at a loss.  What type of wood could we make it out of?  The cherry, maple, walnut and oak woods we typically use for indoor furniture won't hold up to outdoor conditions.

Plus, we offer a lifetime guarantee on our furniture.  How would we do this for an outdoor line? 

We considered many options.  Teak and mahogany are about the only types of wood that would meet our standards for weather resistance and longevity but they are both rainforest woods that are often harvested illegally and unsustainably.  Not an option.

So after researching all the alternatives we selected an American made wood-alternative material for our first outdoor furniture line. It's called poly wood and it's made in Indiana of recycled plastic milk jugs.  It's not real wood, but it has the look, thickness, weight, and feel of real wood plus it's virtually indestructible and maintenance free.  No more scraping, painting, or weatherproofing needed.  Polywood recycled plastic furniture can even be left outside year round eliminating the need for seasonal storage.

So that's what we chose for our first outdoor furniture line.  We really do feel that Polywood is the best "wood" to use for outdoor furniture.  With summer being so short up here in Vermont, we want to spend it enjoying our all-weather outdoor furniture rather than maintaining it!  How about you?  Check out the Polywood furniture collections we offer.  It's eco-friendly, Made in America outdoor furniture and it comes with free shipping and a lifetime guarantee.  Pretty tough to beat, I say.

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Summer Sale Is On! American Made Fine Dining Furniture

June 1st, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

American-dining-furniture-saleAll of our solid wood, American made Fine Dining Furniture is on sale today through Tuesday, June 12– just in time for summer!  Take a few minutes out of your busy beach, pool and party schedule to check the sale out.  You'll save 10% on any one piece, 15% on two pieces or 20% when you buy 3 or more furniture pieces! Free shipping and white glove delivery are included.

I know summer may not seem like the best time to shop, but remember it takes about 6-10 weeks to build your fine furniture.  While you're outside enjoying the sun, we'll be crafting your furniture and then delivering it just about when you're moving dinner from the picnic table inside to the dining room. 

Browse through our "on sale" dining furniture collections to find the one you've always wanted.  Then Like us on Facebook and save $50 more!  Finally, give us a call or order your American made dining furniture online today.  

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America’s Best Memorial Day Furniture Sale

May 25th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Memorial-day-furniture-saleHopefully you're planning a weekend full of relaxation with your family and friends this Memorial Day.  But I bet you're also going to squeeze in some chores, errands and shopping as well. 

We can help you with that… if it's furniture you're shopping for. 

Check out our Big Storewide Memorial Day Furniture Sale.

On this patriotic weekend, you can feel good knowing our handcrafted wood furniture is 100% American made.  Even better– you'll save 15% off just about everything store-wide including bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, home office furniture and living room furniture.  And we've delivered to all 50 states in the USA using our white glove delivery and set-up service so you can be confident that your furniture will arive safe and sound… with our craftsman's lifetime guarantee.

The best part?  You don't have to rush around town to shop for your furniture.  Relax and browse with your friends and family from the comfort of your home, backyard, beach or BBQ.  The sale goes through this weekend and ends Tuesday, May 29 at midnight.  Don't miss it!

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Lyndon Furniture: The Real (American Made) Thing

May 18th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Ken (on left) and the management team at Lyndon Furniture:  Christine Drown (sales and marketing manager), Dave Allard (owner and founder) and Brian Ball (general manager)

 

 

Ken and I traveled up to Lyndon, Vermont today to meet with Lyndon Furniture.  We carry all of Lyndon's line of Shaker, Mission, Modern and Traditional hardwood collections.

 

That's Lyndon's owner and founder in the middle, Dave Allard. 

 

Dave started Lyndon Furniture over 30 years ago, building his first woodworking shop from timber he cut on his family farm and had milled locally.  Since then his business has grown and earned a reputation for producing high quality, eco friendly furniture that lasts a lifetime.

 

One of the things I love most about Lyndon Furniture is that when times got tough and all the other American furniture companies fired their employees and went to China to cash in, Dave Allard and Lyndon Furniture stayed right here in Vermont.  They remained true to their employees, their community, their integrity and their quality.  I see that integrity in their furniture.

 

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Lyndon Furniture in Lyndonville, Vermont. American made hardwood furniture made to last for generations

 

It's interesting because we're seeing another mass exodus of so-called "American furniture companies" now.  But it's from East to West.  They're all hurrying back to American from China now that Chinese wages and trans-oceanic shipping are so costly.  But I have to wonder how long they'll stay.

 

I think it's safe to say, though, that regardless of global economics, Lyndon Furniture will remain right here in Vermont making high quality, handcrafted furniture and contributing to their community.  It's the Vermont way.

 

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Cherry and Walnut Wood: Custom 2 Tone Furniture Designs

May 11th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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The Copeland Berkeley Furniture Collection features Cherry and Walnut Wood in Custom 2 Tone Designs

Two Tone Wood Furniture

Americans are rediscovering Vermont made furniture.  Maybe the trend is due to recent awareness campaigns by the news media about how buying USA made goods stimulates the American economy. 

 

Or perhaps it's because the organic food movement is migrating into other aspects of our lives.  In addition to thinking about where our food comes from we're now beginning to think about where our furniture comes from.  And where our clothing, computers, appliances (you name it) come from.

Both the American-made and organic movements are reflected in the Vermont furniture brand.

But I think one of the main reasons Vermont made furniture is experiencing a renaissance is that it's customizable.  This Copeland Berkeley Bedroom Set is a good example.  The Berkeley Collection features a 2 tone cherry and walnut wood design that you can customize online with your favorite shade of cherry wood.

Many of our other Vermont made furniture collections offer 2 tone wood combinations, for example the Modern American Collection.  These bedroom, dining and home office furniture sets are shown in cherry and walnut but they can also be customized in any other 2 tone combinations of maple, walnut and cherry wood.

Most Vermont furniture makers embrace the idea of customizing your furniture, be it with two tone wood combinations, specialty sizing or complete custom design from the start.  Learn more about custom furniture options on our website.

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Modern Minimalist Furniture

April 23rd, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

 

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Lyndon Furniture's modern, minimalist Dover Glass Top Dining Table

 

Congratulations to our friends at Lyndon Furniture who were featured in a Wall Street Journal article today, The New American Minimalism

 

 

The article is about how classic American furniture companies like Lyndon Furniture and Copeland Furniture are bringing back the simple elegant characteristics of the 1950's mid-century modern design.

 

 

There is a tremendous variation in what people call modern, minimalist furniture but we've tried to capture it in a broad sense on our Modern Wood Furniture Collections page.  These collections are all 100% Made in America (right here in Vermont actually) and in my opinion their designs are best described as timeless… but "modern" works too. 

 

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Copeland Furniture's Modern Mid Century Astrid Bed

 

 

One of the aspects I love about minimalist furniture — and it's cited by San Francisco designer Kimberly Ayres in the WSJ article– is that "the basic yet refined lines (of minimalist furniture) allow more whimsical furniture pieces (and accessories) to stand out."   We've had several of our interior designer clients say the same thing — that our handmade, solid wood pieces provide "grounding" for creative and colorful decor they can change and update to keep a fresh look. 

 

What do you think?  Send us photos of your decor showing how you've used modern minimalist furniture in your home or workplace.  We'll post them on our Facebook for more discussion.

 

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American Made Bedroom Furniture On Sale Today

April 11th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

American-Made-Bedroom-Furniture-Sale-NYHere's your big chance to save on our 100% American made, real solid wood bedroom furniture

Manjula and Dennis have been able to offer our best prices and greatest savings, using a "buy more, save more" strategy.  This saves us on shipping costs and we pass that savings on to you.  Here's how it works:

  • Save 10% off any single piece
  • Save 15% off two pieces or
  • Save 20% off 3 or more pieces

Plus Free Shipping and Delivery!

That's as good as it gets when you're shopping for the real thing: fine, handcrafted  American made, solid wood furniture.

Check out our selection of over 40 styles of Vermont made beds, nightstands, chests, dressers, and mirrors in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak solid woods. You'll find classic and timeless Vermont styling, handmade with uncompromised craftsmanship, and solidly built for generations of use. Bedroom furniture you will appreciate and enjoy forever. And you can sleep tight knowing your new bedroom furniture investment is backed by a lifetime warranty.

The sale starts today and ends at midnight on April 17th. 

 

Copeland furniture is excluded from the sale as it is always priced with a low-price guarantee.

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Copeland’s American Made Bedroom Furniture – Customer Reviews

March 21st, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

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Copeland Furniture's Monterey Bed is Made in America

We've been offering Copeland's American made (actually Vermont made) bedroom furniture for over 2 months now.  Because each piece is hand made to order, it's taken awhile to get the furniture crafted, shipped and installed in our customers' homes.  But the first several bedroom sets are being delivered and customers are starting to contact Shannon with their reactions:

"BEAUTIFUL! It is extremely well made, extremely easy to put together and is a stunning addition to my home. My handyman, who has put furniture together for more than 20 years, couldn't stop commenting on how beautiful the bed was and how amazingly simple it was to put together. I love the bed and I love that it was made in America!"

~Barbara F, NJ

Thanks Barbara! We're extremely happy to hear this kind of positive review from our customers and are delighted to know they are sleeping better on their new handmade American furniture from Vermont Woods Studios.

 

 

 

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Avoiding The Race To The Bottom

February 29th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

What's your favorite thing about Internet shopping?  Convenience?  Unlimited choices?  Price comparisons? You can get exactly what you want when you want it?

In the world of handcrafted American made furniture, the Internet has been both a blessing and a curse.  In Vermont for example, we've seen a growing increase in total sales of Vermont made furniture that can be attributed in part to the Internet.

But, of course we've also seen a growing list of nefarious websites that have stolen Vermont furniture photos and information from legitimate Vermont furniture websites and listed it for lower prices on counterfeit websites in the USA and overseas.  Furniture makers from all across America are vulnerable to this.

So, along with a weak economy, it's driving many American furniture makers to lower prices to the point where they are going out of business.

I love Herman Miller furniture. They're not the cheapest guy on the block.  They are the best.  Not just in terms of the quality of their furniture but in their contribution to society and their committment to help build a better world. 

Herman Miller is a good role model for other American furniture makers.  They're what American furniture is all about.

 

 

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