Are you spending more time at home these days and less time going out? If you're burrowing in for the winter, maybe now is the time to curl up on the couch, take a look at the furniture in your nest and think about where it actually came from. See how well it meets this totally biased, arbitrary and unscientific test.
If your furniture is: Give Yourself
- Made in America: 10 points
- Made of local woods and materials: 30 points
- Handmade by local craftspeople: 40 points
- Has non-toxic finish: 5 points
- Made of sustainably harvested woods and/or other organic materials: 10 points
- Imported from China, Vietnam, India or other third world countries: -100 points
- Made from illegally harvested rainforest woods like mahogany, teak: -100 points
What was your score? It's hard to even know because chances are there is nothing on the furniture to provide this information. It's a good bet, however that if you didn't go out of your way to buy American and you don't know where it came from, your furniture is probably imported, made from illegally harvested rainforest wood and crafted by slave laborers making pennies per hour.
We're trying to encourage consumers to buy American furniture, that's handcrafted here in the USA from local sustainably harvested woods, by people making a livable wage. Oddly enough, the price is roughly the same either way.
Check out our American made furniture at Vermont Woods Studios and compare.
The talented craftspeople of Vermont Woods Studios have been busy designing several new furniture pieces that we're showcasing as we begin the new decade. Check out these two new furniture collections online:
Curves are back… yeah! The Green Mountain Furniture Collection has drawers that are slightly concave, curving inwards and
The Modern Bow Front Furniture Collection has curved drawers that that bow out slightly as shown.
They remind me of the simple but graceful furniture my grandparents had. I've always loved these styles and am so glad they're making such a strong comeback. Many thanks to the dedicated and creative artisans who make them!