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Why Old is better than New

Posted by Savvy Swatch on

One of my children showed me a video on Facebook about how people only have 3 to 4 minutes to exit a burning house compared to 17 in 1980. Back then almost all household materials contained real wood and natural materials, which are significantly less flammable than their synthetic lookalikes. What changed? Well, after the fall of American manufacturing, at the turn of the millennium furniture companies based in the United States started looking overseas for cheap labor and materials and furniture quickly became a low-cost commodity. Fast forward to today, and in an average home, you can find synthetic carpet,...

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Custom vs. Store Bought Furniture

Posted by Abby Nurnberger on

Part of owning and operating a fabric store with an upholstery drapery workroom is submitting to the fact that your life revolves around custom furniture. One of the most common questions I’ve been asked by customers over the last 20 years is “why should I pay more money to have something built/restored for me when I can buy it in [insert furniture conglomerate here] for cheap”!? Obviously supporting small business and domestic manufacturing is beneficial, but most people tend to overlook a couple huge advantages of custom furniture. First, custom furniture is just that: custom. It can be made to...

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