Polywood Outdoor Furniture Sale
Polywood Adirondack Chairs in Pacific Blue and Aruba.

Polywood Outdoor Furniture Clearance Event

The sun is shining, the leaves are still falling and Autumn is in full swing here at our Vernon, Vermont Showroom. Are you like us and still clinging to these last days of beautiful weather? Why not enjoy these final Fall days with our outdoor Polywood furniture. (Or be ready for next year.)

Now, you may be wondering, “Why should I buy outdoor furniture now that the season is over?” The answer is simple-end of season savings. During this clearance event, all in-stock Polywood products are 20% off. The sale is being held at our Stonehurst Showroom and is a “Cash & Carry” style sale (Friday Oct. 30-Monday Nov. 2). Our helpful sales team is here with any questions you may have about the sale and the products available.  

Here’s some helpful information about Polywood and its benefits:

Polywood is high-end outdoor furniture made of a material known as Recycled Plastic Lumber (RPL). The plastic comes most commonly from recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles, as well as a variety of other plastic liquid containers.

The benefits of Polywood are tenfold compared to other common outdoor furniture materials such as cedar, teak and redwood. Aside from aiding in forest preservation and reducing the amount of plastic in landfills, Polywood is durable, low maintenance and comes with a Vermont Woods Studios life-time guarantee. Depending on where you live, Polywood furniture can withstand the rain, snow, wind (chairs weigh approximately 40 lbs each!) and any other challenges mother nature may throw its way. It’s insect, mold and mildew resistant and can be washed simply with soap and water. An added bonus? The look of real wood without splintering!

To learn more about our Polywood products, the production, maintenance and life-time guarantee, visit our Polywood information page here.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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A Final Glimpse of This Year’s Monarch Butterfly Migration

Cycle one of our monarch butterfly restoration project is coming to a close here at Vermont Woods Studios. Over the past week and a half, our monarchs have been hatching one by one. The first, taking us by surprise with its ability to speedily release itself from its chrysalis. In just a short moment, the monarch broke through the chrysalis and pulled its damp body from the small structure. The Stonehurst staff monitored the fledgling butterfly excitedly as it clung to the shell of the chrysalis, drying slowly.

Eventually the butterfly dried itself and went off in search of food to prepare itself for its migration journey. One by one, our other chrysalises turned shiny and black and we knew it would only be a matter of days before all of our monarchs would be beautiful, bouncing, baby butterflies ready to fly off into the world.

We are proud and happy to see the caterpillars we raised turn into the delicate winged creatures they are today. In this first cycle of the project, we have seen the release of twenty monarch butterflies. Being the business people we are, we appreciate this achievement that we have reached but we also strive to do better in the future.

The end of the first cycle of this project gives way to the second cycle that will start almost immediately. Our CEO Peggy has been watching the milkweed pods carefully for a week now and has determined that the time has come for us to once again harvest the seeds. As we head quickly into the second cycle of monarch restoration, we hold in our minds ways to maximize the habitat restoration and amount of monarchs we will be able to foster and release in the spring.

Monarch butterflies shortly after hatching

 

We hope to harvest and distribute more seeds than last year. We plan to raise seedlings ourselves to give out in the spring time to those dedicated people who promise to plant them on their land. We are already percolating new ideas for monarch caterpillar rearing environments with hopes of a terrarium in the near future.

This year we took on 50 monarch caterpillars but we know we can handle more than that. The success of cycle one has given us fuel and ambition to make cycle two of this very important restoration project bigger and better.

(This is part four of a four part blog series on our Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project)

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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An Early Fall Dining Room Furniture Sale to Help You Get Ready For the Indoor Days Ahead

We can no longer deny that fall is right around the corner. In the last days of summer, we all do our best to soak up the dulling rays before a more pervasive darkness moves in. But there is no reason to feel sad about this, for fall brings us one of the most beautiful gifts of all. Here in Vermont, our falls are vibrant, alive and ancient. A long standing tradition of apple-picking, pumpkin carving, leaf peeping and enjoying warm apple cider in the crisp breeze has been enjoyed by generations.

Vermonter’s also see fall as the time of year that we begin to move inward. We spend more time in the comfort of our homes, with the heat on lightly in our cars or offices and fleeces pulled snugly around us. Instead of Barbecues, we enjoy wholesome family dinners in our dining rooms or kitchens. With darkness descending on us earlier and earlier with each passing day, nothing is more inviting than being in a familiar space.

Now is the time to start designing that comfort space and Vermont Woods Studios has just the ticket to doing it. With our early fall dining room sale, you can save up to 20% off on our beautiful American-Vermont handmade dining room furniture. The sale lasts from today through 9/27 so you have plenty of time to get the creature comforts you desire.

This sale also encompasses a rare phenomenon at Vermont Woods Studios: Copeland dining furniture is 10% off. Those of you who follow us regularly know that our Copeland furniture is not on sale often. So if you’ve had your eye on one of Copeland’s gorgeous dining room pieces, now is the time to grab it!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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When we say handmade, we mean handmade.

Environmentally Friendly Furniture Made by Real Vermonters

In 1984, Apple computer launched the Macintosh. It was the first successful mouse-driven computer that changed the way the world functions today. We’ve all caught on to the awesome and encompassing power of this mouse-driven phenomenon too. Today, most of us, bleary-eyed and droopy tailed, crawl from our comfortable beds in the morning and turn our computers on en route to make coffee.

We search the web for news and browse our social media, snickering at embarrassing pictures of Aunt Sue from the last family gathering. We know that we can get anything we want when we want it simply by making a few gentle clicks of a mouse.

Being able to do this makes our crazy lives a bit easier. Now we don’t have to go into the store, talk to the sales people and carry our purchases home with us. We can search, click, put in some personal info and expect our prize on our doorstep in 3-5 business days.

Here’s the other thing our powerful computers have given us, options. You can have any bed, dresser or dining room table you want from wherever you want. It’s no longer a pool of five possibilities but hundreds of thousands, and we have to make decisions.

You decide who you want to buy from; what business you want to support. That support creates a ripple effect in the economy, the environment and in the lives of people like me and you.

Often with the good, we are forced to let in the bad. The computer has given us so much but it has also taken something very important away. It has become a barricade in the way of real connection.

You may not ever know who tediously screwed the limbs onto the dolls you bought your children or what hands so diligently assembled the furniture you trust to hold you up and keep you comfortable. You can only speculate as to the stories of the lives of the people who provide you with the real life objects you saw on-screen.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we know we’re not comfortable with that reality. So, this is a message from us to you about who we are: We are 12 fun-loving, hard-working people dedicated to selling only American-Vermont made furniture.

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Rebecca, Sean and Loryn visiting one of our workshops.

 

We are people who have taken the time to establish relationships with our craftspeople. We know their work, we know their hobbies and we remember when they had experimental pony-tails.

We laugh and joke and eat lunch together. We know Sean loves Thai food and Dennis needs to snack.

It’s not just us and our craftspeople you support when you buy our furniture, it’s also our mission. With each order we take, we plant a tree through The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees project. The success of the company has allowed us to dedicate more time to researching and raising awareness about deforestation in the rainforest.

We love when people all around the country buy our furniture and proudly display it in their homes or offices. We want you to know that no matter where you are and when you order from us, it is always this solid group of hard workers on the other end getting you what you need in an environmentally responsible and people oriented way.

Thank you for your continued support.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Jeff and his claim to fame

The Power of Awareness

When we first started this monarch conservancy project, we knew a key pillar to success would be to spread the word. In order for a change to happen, people need to know that a change is necessary; intervention is necessary and knowledge is power.

You would think that raising awareness would be simple in our social media flooded climate. A post to Facebook would reach the eyes of hundreds and if they deemed it worthy of sharing, thousands. A quick and to-the-point blast to twitter would reach another thousand. Our website and blog would reach yet another; so, prospects were looking good.

Announcements were made, posts posted and blogs painstakingly pulled from the most creative corners of our minds until one day, Jeff was discovered. For those of you who somehow don’t know, Jeff is our monarch champion mascot and he’s pretty famous as of Wednesday when his picture first appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer.

A day later , an article appeared highlighting the need for monarch restoration and upping the ante on spreading awareness.

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Jeff! Jeff! Can we have your autograph?

We at Vermont Woods Studio are extremely grateful to the local people, media and Jeff for getting the word out. We are very excited to continue reporting on our cohort of monarchs until they take flight and go off on their own in the world.

Don’t Panic! That’s not the end. Once our little Jeff and his cronies fly the coop, we will shed an honorary tear and then get back to work hatching plans to harvest more milkweed seeds to plant this fall. There is no time to waste people, we have monarchs to rehabilitate!

(This is part three of a four part blog series on our Monarch Butterfly Restoration Project)

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.