This week ABC News with Diane Sawyer is running a Made in America series in an effort to get people to think about American jobs whenever they buy something. The series takes a look at a family of four in Texas. It turns out they own hardly a thing that's made in the USA. So ABC news clears their house out of everything imported (basically only a flower vase is left) and re-fills it with American made furniture, appliances, clothing, toys and such. It's interesting and a great reminder to buy American.
At Vermont Woods Studios all of our furniture is 100% made in America but we realize that's not enough. Like any other American company that's going to be successful selling to consumers in the USA, we have to also have the best quality, best prices, best service and best social and environmental policies. We're always working on that and welcome your feedback and advice.
Many thanks to Marcie Gabor and the fine folks at Made In The USA Brand for awarding Vermont Woods Studios Handmade Furniture their prestigious American made brand and logo certification. Only about 100 American businesses have earned this distinction and we are proud to be one of them. All of our furniture is indeed Made in the USA– all handmade in Vermont actually.
Marcie published an interview with us on her blog last week, highlighting the question, "Do You Know Where Your Furniture Comes From?" More and more our customers are interested in this issue and wanting to make sure their furniture is made of sustainably harvested wood and crafted in America. If you have a business that makes all of your goods in the USA, give Marcie a call and help spread the word about American made products.
Are you looking to buy American Made furniture? One of our customers mentioned yesterday that she finally found us at Vermont Woods Studios after searching high and low for furniture made in the USA. She was amazed at how difficult it is to ascertain where a piece of furniture is made.
Kind of like cars… it's nearly impossible to find a definition of US made furniture. That's because most furniture companies we think of as American are making their furniture overseas (for example, Bassett, Broyhill, Lanye, Lazy Boy, Ethan Allan, Thomasville, Pennsylvania House, Drexel, American Drew, Stanley and others). Rather than be up front about it, they will often complete the last manufacturing step or two (for example applying the finish) in the USA and will then state that their furniture is Made in the USA. They lobby against any sort of definitions for the American made label because it does not suit their interest.
Just so you know, though there are furniture makers left that really do make their furniture 100% in the USA. Vermont has become the hub of American furniture making over the last 30 years or so, as North Carolina companies have mostly gone overseas.
Of the 2000 or so Vermont furniture makers, I can think of only two that have a portion of their operations overseas. That says something about Vermont, don't you think?
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.