American-made-dorm-rooms 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! 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tiger-conservation 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.

This week though, Rebecca gave me a big hand with her fabulous photoshop skills.  Check out this new tiger-conservation page she posted on our Vermont Woods Studios Furniture website.

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.

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Made-USA-American 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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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?

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