September 23rd, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Have you seen any of the ABC News Made in America specials on World News with Diane Sawyer? This week they're talking about the impact college students could have on our economy if they purchased USA made dorm room accessories and linens from American companies.
It's tough to do since universities are unwittingly pushing imported goods through their campus stores, but it is possible, as demonstrated on the show. And in fact this room was $92 cheaper to furnish with American made items than similar imported ones.
Sawyer notes that the average college student shopper spent $800 this season or a total of $46 BILLION. If that money had been spent purchasing American goods, it could have provided almost half a million American jobs!
So it turns out it can be cheaper to furnish a college dorm with American made items than imported ones? Maybe some smart college presidents will commission their business school faculty and students to get on this and transform their campuses into American Made spaces.
Oh and if they're looking to add American made furniture to the dorms, Vermont's own New England Woodcraft has been building solid wood furniture for college dorms right here in the USA for over 50 years.
It looks like this Vermont-made furniture is pretty well equipped to handle college students, wouldn't you think?
And while we're on the subject of USA made furniture, I can say that 100% of our furniture at Vermont Woods Studios is 100% made in America… in Vermont to be precise.
Your purchases here employ our 5 staff members who operate the website and take care of sales and customer service, plus about 15-20 furniture makers and many additional support people including shippers. You are making a difference when you Buy American and we are grateful for your support.
June 15th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
All of our Vermont made Dining Room Furniture is on sale starting today and going through next Tuesday, June 21.
Just in time for summer! Take a few minutes out of your busy BBQ, pool-side and tanning schedule to check the sale out.
Now is the perfect time to order handmade, heirloom quality dining room furniture as it takes about 6-10 weeks to build. While you're outside enjoying the sun, we'll be crafting your furniture and then delivering it just about when you're moving dinner from the picnic table to the dining room.
June 1st, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Manjula finished posting our new American Made Bedroom Furniture Sale this morning.
This week's sale offers up to 20% off, depending on how many pieces of furniture you buy (minimum is 3 for the 20% discount).
If you've been thinking about indulging in a new bedroom set that will look gorgeous and last forever, check out the sale!
May 9th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Isn't this a beautiful home office?
It sort of makes me think I would get a much higher level of work done in it… what do you think?
Everything is handmade in Vermont by Vermont craftspeople, using natural solid wood and clear non-toxic finishes. We've had great feedback from customers who recently received some of our first orders from this collection. You can check out customer comments at the independent third party website, GreenPeople.org or on our Facebook page.
January 15th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
I’ve been trying to draw attention to the link between tiger conservation and furniture buying for years. But somehow it seems such a stretch to explain the connection that it gets lost in the ether. No one has noticed my efforts.
It’s hard to believe but there are only about 3200 tigers left in the wild. This tiger subspecies, the Siberian Tiger– the world’s largest cat is literally on the brink of extinction with only about 400 individuals remaining in their natural habitat. If you can’t stand the idea of letting these magnificient creatures disappear forever on our watch, help us spread the word. Follow us on twitter, fan us on facebook. There IS something you can do about keeping tigers on this planet for your children and grandchildren to marvel at.
December 26th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
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.
November 9th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Manjula sent me this article she found on the Made In USA website. We have an active campaign to raise awareness about where your furnitue comes from and why it's important to buy furniture and other goods that are Made in America. Thought you might be interested to read this:
John Smith started the day early,
having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 am.
While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking,
he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG),
and put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA),
designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and
tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).
After cooking his breakfast in his new
electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA),
he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO),
to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN)
to the radio (MADE IN INDIA),
he got in his car (MADE IN JAPAN),
filled it with GAS (from SAUDIA ARABIA)
to continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day
checking his Computer (made in MALAYSIA),
John decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL),
poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE)
and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA),
and then wondered why he can't find
a good paying job in AMERICA.
October 30th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
If you’ve always wanted a super luxurious king size, handcrafted sleigh bed this may be a great opportunity for you. Our furniture is generally made to order and our prices are not inflated so you will rarely see items on sale for 40% off. This bed happened to be too big to fit in our customer’s bedroom so it was returned to us. We have no space for it so we’ve put it on clearance sale for our cost. Have a look! It’s ready to go and would make an awesome Christmas present, don’t you think? $1670 today.
September 28th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
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?
January 12th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
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!