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New flash: the stock market’s volatile and the price of gold just took another tumble. Here’s an idea… invest a portion of your money in something you can literally appreciate every day: handmade Craftsman Furniture! I was looking on the Stickley Museum website this morning and noticed that Gustav Stickley’s “Columbus Ave Sideboard” which he crafted in 1900 for his own home was sold by Stickley’s heirs to Barbara Streisand in 1988 for $363,000. Eleven years later, Barbara re-sold the sideboard to an un-named buyer at a Christie’s auction for $596,500. $233,500 in appreciation just over 10 years– that’s not a bad rate of appreciation is it?
The Stickley museum website highlights other antique arts & crafts, mission and craftsman furniture pieces that have shown tremendous appreciation in value, including:
Now… original antique furniture is not for everyone. Most of us would probably prefer to have beautiful, high quality furniture that we’re not afraid to use. Which brings me to Vermont. It is America’s last great bastion of consummate craftsmanship. The Green Mountain state boasts over 2000 small furniture making companies. The cream of the crop are members of an elite association of master level furniture makers, The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Tomorrow’s antiques can be commissioned from Guild members today, with a good bit of certainty that their value will increase over time. Check out The Guild’s website and visit one of their shows or tour their workshops for an up close and personal view of truly fine craftsmanship.
When you invest your money in tomorrow’s Vermont made antiques, you are also investing in American jobs and in the future of American craft. What other kind of investment could give you this kind of appreciation?
Made in America furniture companies are run by people you can trust.
When you shop online for furniture, or even shop around at stores, a fundamental for any trustworthy company is that it is run by honest, hardworking people. Buying furniture is a big investment, and rightfully so, as we spend so much of our lives enjoying it. Shopping American made usually ensures that your investment is a good one–giving you a great product, made by great people.
Many companies overseas are not transparent about who’s behind the company, what their goals are, how their workers are paid, and where they are sourcing their materials from. Made in America furniture companies, however, are held to a much higher standard.
You can be sure that when buying American made furniture, you are directly helping support the livelihoods of hardworking American people- from customer service to the talented craftsmen who pour hours of their time and energy into creating beautiful pieces of furniture for us to enjoy.
You can also be sure that made in America furniture companies are held to strict standards for workplace safety, so you can feel good knowing that you aren’t contributing to terrible factory environments that can result in real disasters (remember the tragedy at the textile factory in Bangladesh?)
It’s still important to ask questions.
While some Made in America furniture companies are still sourcing their wood from questionable sources, there are also many great companies that source their materials with care and ethical consideration. At Vermont Woods Studios, we work with a handful of wonderful craftsmen who are responsible in their choices of materials and are sure not to use anything that degrades the environment or destroys the habitats of humans and animals across the globe. It’s important to question the people you are buying from about where their woods and materials are sourced, because even despite being made in the USA, there are companies who will do anything to save a buck.
So, when you start shopping for furniture this holiday season, keep in mind that made in America furniture companies are almost always a better choice than the alternative. When in doubt, ask the hard questions–where is this made, who is behind it, where are the materials sourced, can I see the quality in person before I buy, could I speak to a previous customer, etc.
A truly trustworthy and responsible company will go above and beyond to ensure that you feel comfortable with your buying experience, and with such an important investment, we don’t believe you should have to settle for anything but the best.
Also known as extension tables, butterfly leaf tables are helpful solutions for small kitchens and dining rooms. Traditional dining room tables can take up a lot of space, and if you don’t have the dining space adequate for that size table, tables with self storing leaves are the perfect choice. Rather than settling for a tiny table, where you couldn’t accommodate guests on holidays or special occasions, you can use a butterfly leaf table to allow for more seating whenever you need it!
Now there’s really no reason to hesitate before extending an open invitation for your friends and relatives to gather around the table at your house. Just pull out the extra leaf! Back in the day, we had to store extra leaves for our old oak dining table down in the basement. But today’s tables with self storing leaves let you neatly and conveniently tuck them away under the table top. It’s so easy to insert them, and then tuck them away after company has gone home.
So how do tables with self storing leaves work?
For a visual demonstration, take a look at the video above and see how easy it is to use a butterfly leaf table. They have a section in the center that can be self stored when not in use at large gatherings. The tables open easily with a single self equalizing, ball bearing extension leaf. The self storing butterfly leaf mechanism allows for single handed operation to easily expand or close the table in a matter of seconds!
Where can I find butterfly leaf extension tables?
We have several beautiful, solid wood tables with self storing leaves. Browse a selection of our favorites below:
If you’ve made your way to this post, chance are you’ve spent a considerable amount of time trying to find real cherry wood furniture. Why do you suppose real cherry is so hard to find? Well, it’s kind of like trying to find real American made furniture right? Both are relatively rare in this age of cheap imports and they can easily get obscured by the mass marketing of knock-offs.
Real Cherry Furniture 101
Real honest cherry furniture is still being handcrafted in Vermont and in fact, it is the wood of choice for over half of our customers. As such we get asked a lot of questions about it. The curiosity of our customers has made us experts in cherry wood and cherry furniture & we’re happy to share everything we’ve learned. Here are a few articles you might be interested in:
Don’t be fooled by the plethora of stores that sell faux cherry knock offs and label them as “real cherry wood”. What you’re buying at those stores is actually rubber wood, poplar, alder or any number of fast-growing wood alternatives. They are often illegally clear-cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests, then bleached, texturized and stained to look like cherry. Why would companies like Wayfair, Crate and Barrel, Amazon, Walmart, Overstock, Macy’s, JC Penny’s risk their reputations by engaging in such false advertising? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook.