November 5th, 2008 by Peggy Farabaugh
If watching your money's wild ride on the stock market's roller coaster is giving you heartburn, we have a suggestion for a fail-safe investment: US made, handcrafted, solid wood, eco friendly furniture. Really!
Did you know that a Chippendale armoire-desk, circa 1770 recently sold at Christie's for over $12,000,000. A small carved mahogany tea table from the same era fetched nearly $7,000,000.
OK, that's a couple hundred years for appreciation but 20th century pieces are routinely selling for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars at leading auction houses, Sothebys and Christies.
So whether you purchase an ultra-luxury, fine, handcrafted, custom furniture piece like a modern day Chippendale or an affordable handmade standard piece like those in the Vermont Woods Studios Classic Shaker furniture collection, you are making a wise and safe investment decision.
And while furniture makers can't guarantee that their furniture will increase in value at any predictable rate, they do often guarantee against flaws in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner.
The best part about investing in fine furniture, however is the enjoyment you and your family will have, sharing meals, conversation and laughter around it for many years and even generations to come.
We say, "Cheers" to an investment that is- for a change, heart-warming instead of heart-burning.