Why buy American made furniture?
Michael Hoye owns & runs american home furniture an online store that specializes in furniture made in the USA.
Tell us about the transition from being a seller in the print world to an online store. What’s the difference?
Although I enjoyed working in print I started to see the need for a platform for the small business owner and independent shop owner to find the furniture that they wanted to sell and also help them to get the best return on their investment. I have a passion for furniture, in fact I am an antique furniture collector with a strong interest in traditional furniture and the few remaining small independent furniture businesses, this was one of the reasons that I started the company.
The best places to buy American made furniture
Each state is home to their own furniture craftsmen, and it’s up to you to discover the best places to do business and spend your money locally.
Here are the best states to buy American made furniture:
1. Rhode Island
Furniture brands at the Rhode Island Furniture Festival include McLane, Ruffino, Banard, Joseph Carr, Shrodes and more.
If you buy your furniture from the sofa to your garage, you’re probably buying american home furniture. The best places to buy American made furniture are the Big Four Furniture showrooms. At the showrooms, you’ll find sofa’s made by McLane, Zudna, Edgewood, Comfort Research, Shrodes, Steiner and JMC.
If you’re in NYC, don’t miss the best furniture showroom to buy American made furniture, the American Fabric Association showroom.
What are the benefits of buying American made furniture?
If you are looking to buy something with a story, well here’s one: the furniture by Jeffrey Wasom.
“I started furniture making in a basement in West Fairfield, Ohio back in 2002.”
He’s a member of a tight-knit furniture community called the Ohio Valley Furniture Guild.
“Anywhere from thirty to seventy percent of the furniture you buy locally is made by someone in Ohio.”
That’s right, the Ohio Valley Furniture Guild is one of the only community groups in the nation that has two exclusive business cards, each with two sections: one for members and one for non-members. It’s not exclusive but close.
“Members pay an annual fee, which covers all the dues and anything extra we need to do.”
He says most of the members belong to several, rather than just one guild.
How can I make sure my furniture is American made?
Selling American Made or Domestic Furniture is Easy – and Varying
The American Home Furniture Association, the trade organization for the American furniture industry, offers a list of qualified domestic and imported furniture manufacturers. The Association also publishes its American Furniture Trailfinders Guide, a guide to over 4,000 fine and high-quality furniture stores nationwide that carry American-made furniture.
Over the years, the American furniture industry has found a variety of ways to bring its products to market at an affordable price. While many manufacturers claim to be American, not every American-made product is. To avoid this confusion, you can shop by the U.S.A. seal, which is usually found on certain furniture products.
I picked up this booth not necessarily for the furniture but because it had real American made furniture. I had several different inquiries on buying my children their own beds. The very next day I went back to get the information. A set of twin girls needed twin beds. As it turns out there were 20 sets of twin beds for sale, some ready to go, and most were made in this area and were less than $100.00. I kept my eye on that set. The next day I called the company and was told that they had just sold all 20 sets. I’m still keeping my eye on that set. For more information or questions call Greg Varden at 608-690-3965. You can check out his website at:
Laura and Brian Bates – Industrial, farm and office furniture.