The History of Black Friday

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(Black Friday Sale runs Nov. 21-Nov. 28 2015)

Vermont Woods Studios is having an extended Black Friday Furniture Sale!

Ever wonder how Black Friday started? As someone who has never really participated in this massive day of shopping, I was curious this year to find out how it all began and how it got to be so big.

We all know how Thanksgiving started-Pilgrims and Native Americans came together in Plymouth, MA to celebrate a successful harvest after the harsh winters had claimed many of the unprepared colonial settlers lives. It wasn’t until 1863 and the end of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Support Small Business, Shop Small This Holiday Season!

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100% of our wood furniture is locally crafted in Vermont. Our woodworkers use as much wood as possible from Northeastern forests, further supporting lumber workers and more.

Support Independent Small Businesses this Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

With all of the excitement surrounding Black Friday this year, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of buying the cheapest items without consideration for where it is made, how it is made, and what are the consequences of that purchase. When you are shopping for great deals this year, remember to shop small on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. This ensures good paying jobs, support for the local community, and much more. Supporting small business doesn’t mean shutting yourself off from the outside world, it simply means putting your money into a locally owned business that uses local resources sustainably, employs their workers at a fair wage, and primarily doesn’t import their products out of the USA! Supporting local takes the money out of the hands of distant corporations and puts it back into the community where it belongs!

When you support a small business, you are paying for someone to go to college, for a little girls dance classes, for someone to put a good meal on the table, and so much more. So enjoy your shopping and challenge yourself to buy at least one independently crafted item this holiday season!

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Fine Furniture Sets: Every Day is Black Friday

Fine Furnitiure Sets | Black Friday Sale Every Day
Vermont made fine furniture sets are on sale every day for 20% off at Vermont Woods Studios.

Have you noticed that Black Friday Sales have expanded over the years?  I remember when it actually used to be on the day after Thanksgiving.   Now in 2013 it’s all of November at many stores.

With American made, handcrafted fine furniture– sales work a little differently than with electronics or clothing, though.  Made to order furniture, crafted especially for you doesn’t offer much economy of scale during a big storewide sale.  So without compromising on craftsmanship or premium quality sustainable lumber, we’ve had to figure out other ways to add value and give customers the best price.

That’s where buying fine furniture as a set comes in.  Craftspeople add efficiency to their system when building sets rather than individual pieces.  And at Vermont Woods Studios we add efficiency (and save money) when shipping multiple pieces to the same address.

We pass that savings on to you so every day we can offer 2013 Black Friday sale prices — if you buy your furniture in a set.  Check out our handmade bedroom sets, solid wood dining furniture sets and living room (coffee, end and sofa) table sets.  They are all value priced at 20% off year round.  Don’t see exactly what you want?  Give Liz or Sean a call and they’ll customize your set now with the pieces you want. And when Thanksgiving comes around, you can relax with your family.  Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.