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?
Nina’s been on a mission to create beautiful photos of our shaker and craftsman dining furniture for all you online shoppers out there. She’s been snapping pictures in historic buildings all over town, including our Stonehurst showroom, the Governor Hunt House, Malhana Farm, George’s Mill and even the Vernon Chapel.
Well, first we had to have that furniture crafted in studios and workshops around Vermont. And now that Nina’s finished taking photos, what are we going to do with all these tables & chairs & china cabinets? We don’t have a lot of extra room to store it, so we’ve put everything on sale!
So that’s a few of the Shaker and Craftsman style dining furniture pieces we’ve currently got in our showroom today. If you’re passing through Vermont to ski or visit friends, stop by and see us at Stonehurst. We’re on your way — just 6 miles off Interstate I 91, from the Bernardston exit # 28A. Stop by today, while everything’s on sale and take home the Vermont made dining furniture you’ve always dreamed of!
Simple, graceful, and handmade: that’s the essence of the American Arts & Crafts furniture style. The Arts & Crafts (or Craftsman) philosophy, which became popular over a century ago, grew out of a rejection of complicated Victorian era designs produced by industrial processes. People were rediscovering an appreciation for simpler, functional, handmade wooden furniture crafted by skilled artisans.
Today’s Craftsman Community in Vermont
Although the Arts & Crafts movement began at the turn of the 20th century, it’s still going strong today in Vermont! The Green Mountain State (Fine Furniture Capital of America) is increasingly recognized as our country’s leader in high quality, handmade wooden furniture, boasting over 1000 small furniture companies plus 2000 independent woodworkers operating out of studios, barns and garages.
Psst… It’s on Sale for 25% Off at Stonehurst!
Vermont craftsmen produce a diverse collection of high quality wooden furniture which has earned them a world-wide reputation for integrity, authenticity and green design. Stop by our quintessential Vermont furniture and home decor showroom at Stonehurst and save 25% on these arts & crafts bedroom furniture sets today. We’re in a 200 year old, lovingly restored farmhouse, perched atop a lost ski area in Vernon, Vermont. See photos of our unique destination shopping experience on Facebook and come celebrate natural, handmade arts & crafts furniture with us at Stonehurst.
2013, our first year at Stonehurst gave us another reason to study and analyze what our customers’ favorite American made furniture styles are. With limited space in our showroom, we wanted to display the very best selection of Vermont furniture, as defined by customer purchases. After looking through the sales statistics, we found these Top 3 American Furniture styles, which we’ll be featuring often at Stonehurst:
Shaker Style Furniture
This Vermont Shaker bed, nightstand and chest are pretty accurate reproductions of the original Shaker style furniture crafted by communities of the United Society of Believers starting in the late 1700’s. Born here in the Northeast, this American furniture style is a simple, utilitarian design characterized by straight tapered legs and mushroom-shaped wooden knobs. Vermont furniture makers have become today’s authority on Shaker furniture and customers seeking a simple elegant, solid wood design have grown to love their work. It’s our top seller and customers are customizing it in their choice of cherry, walnut, maple and oak woods (preference is in that order). Sometimes customers will choose two contrasting wood colors like cherry and walnut or maple and walnut to trick it out– if there is such a thing for “Shaker furniture”.
Craftsman Style Furniture
This Contemporary Craftsman Bedroom Furniture collection is a modern rendition of the American craftsman and “arts and crafts” furniture that became popular in the late 19th century and remained prevalent through the 1930s. It’s handmade of real solid cherry wood with contrasting drawer pulls in solid walnut wood and reflects the true craftsmanship of this period. The finish on this collection is a traditional hand-rubbed oil and wax. If you like this contemporary craftsman style furniture, learn more about the details and craftsmanship here.
Hardwood furniture is experiencing a renaissance this year. It’s always been a classic, but over the years modern materials (metal, plastics, glass, wicker, rattan, bamboo, concrete) have become popular furniture components. Looking at today’s online home decor authorities such as Houzz and Apartment Therapy however, it seems real solid hardwood furniture is making a comeback! Here’s a run-down of the Top 5 Hardwood Furniture Style Trends we’ve seen at Vermont Woods Studios this year: