Wall-street-journal
Many thanks to Emily Maltby of the Wall Street Journal for including Vermont Woods Studios in her story about how small businesses are reacting to the Small Business Jobs Act recently passed by the Senate.  I was telling Emily that we've been fortunate that our business has continued to grow even during the recession.  I attribute that to our customers of course and to the dedication and constant hard work of our team members who are determined to make this American made brand successful.  If we can take advantage of the SBJA, all the better!

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.

Wood-furniture
We've been working hard to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and how it is made.  Part of our founding mission at Vermont Woods Studios is forest conservation and we've focused much of our attention on preservation of the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.  

Did you know that up to 90% of the furniture you see in American furniture stores today is made with wood that has been illegally clear cut from the rainforest?  In fact the rainforest is being logged at a rate of about 1 football field per second to satisfy the world's insatiable demand for cheap furniture and flooring. 

Hard to believe isn't it?  But sadly it's true and along with loss of the forest we are losing many species of plants and animals.  Scientists estimate we lose over 100 species every day just due to rainforest destruction.

Vermont Maple Tree
Well, I guess our efforts (and those of many others) to protect the rainforest are beginning to have an effect because China and other overseas manufacturering hubs are beginning to find additional sources of lumber.  Guess where they are getting enormous supplies of wood? 

Would you believe Vermont?  Yes and other places across the USA and Canada.  So here's how it goes:  logs are shipped from the USA to China.  They are fashioned into low quality furniture by workers making about 20 cents/hour.  Then the furniture is shipped back to America for sale where it will hold up for about 3-5 years before it's placed out on the curbside.  Does that sound crazy to you?  I guess that's what they call globalization.

But there are still many small furniture makers in the USA who are fighting to maintain our 200+ year traditions of craftsmanship, style and quality.  Check them out before you head to Ashley Furniture or Bob's Discount.  You'll pay more up front but in the long run you'll save big time, buying high quality American made furniture that will be in your family for generations.

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.

Bedroom-furniture-sale

Manjula just posted our best ever Bedroom Furniture Sale.  Check it out, especially if you're looking for a solid wood bedroom set.  Beds are on sale for 10% off, but matching pieces are 20% off. This is a big sale for us, as our prices are not inflated to begin with.  Twenty percent is the maximum discount we can offer.

Shop online or contact us at 888-390-5571 to find your new handmade bed, nightstands, chests, dressers, and mirrors.  This is furniture you'll never have to replace.  It's all solid wood and handcrafted right here in Vermont. 

Don't wait too long, this sale ends at midnight on September 21.

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.

Furniture made in America
Labor Day seems to be a good time to talk about American Made Furniture.  At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture, we were excited this week to read that Maine’s struggling Moosehead Furniture company has been rescued from extinction and bankruptcy by Maine businesswoman, Louise M. Jonaitis.  This 60 year old company, the largest privately owned furniture company in New England provided jobs for 250 workers in 2002 but was shut down in 2007 leaving the residents of Monson ME jobless and with little hope.

Moosehead is just one of the hundreds of small furniture makers across American that have been driven out of business by cheap furniture imports.  Why care?  I don’t think many customers realize this, but most of the furniture you see in the USA is made in China and other third world countries.  Even furniture that’s specifically labeled, “Made in America” typically has only about 30% American parts in it.
So why has the US furniture industry collapsed over the last 30 years?  It’s sad, but globalization has enabled the “lowest price” to trump all other facets of furniture shopping, particularly quality.  Think about it.  In China labor costs are about 20 cents/hour and there’s no health care cost added to that. And there’s no regulatory costs. So almost all the big companies that used to build American Made furniture (like Thomasville, Basset, Lane and even Ethan Allen) have moved their operations overseas.  Because these companies save so much money in labor and they often obtain their lumber illegally, their main costs are shipping, warehousing and marketing.  Cheap furniture–FAST is the way they’ve characterized “American Made” furniture.

At Vermont Woods Studios we’ve chosen a different path.  We know there are plenty of people out there who still value quality and wish to buy furniture that will last a lifetime– something they can proudly hand down to their children and grandchildren.  And the benefits of buying American made furniture go far beyond your own home and into the homes of American craftsmen: your decision to buy our USA made furniture means that local Vermont communities have sustainable economies and… the tradition of high quality American craftsmanship lives on. I think it’s a win-win for all involved.  What’s your opinion?

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.

American made furniture

Longing for a new set of handmade dining room furniture for your family to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holidays?  Now is the time to think about it, as there is still time to have solid wood furniture custom crafted for you in time for delivery before Thanksgiving. 

Check out our Thanksgiving Dining Furniture Sale.  We've put everything on sale for at least 10% off.  Dining chairs and Barstools are offered at 20% off, if purchased with a table or if 6 or more chairs are purchased.

Sale ends Tuesday, September 7.  Now's your chance to finally have that high end dining set you've been wanting all these years– and at a great price.  Give us a call today, 888-390-5571.

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.