New flash: the stock market's volatile and the price of gold just took another tumble. Here's an idea... invest a portion of your money in something you can literally appreciate every day: handmade Craftsman Furniture! I was looking on the Stickley Museum website this morning and noticed that a "Columbus Ave Sideboard" by Gustav Stickley, which he crafted in 1900 for his own home was sold by Stickley's heirs to Barbara Streisand in 1988 for $363,000. Eleven years later, Barbara re-sold the sideboard to an un-named buyer at a Christie's auction for $596,500. $233,500 in appreciation just over 10 years-- that's not a bad rate of appreciation is it?
It's not Gustav Stickley and it's not going to sell for half a million dollars at Christies. But it is high quality, solid cherry wood furniture, made in the USA by Vermont craftsmen and women. And it's guaranteed for a lifetime of service.
The Stickley museum website highlights other antique arts & crafts, mission and craftsman furniture pieces that have shown tremendous appreciation in value, including:
- The Ellis inlaid shoe foot arm chair which recently sold for $206,500 and
- This mission craftsman style china cabinet, which recently sold for $242,500
This Vermont made Mission style buffet & sideboard, is handcrafted of real solid cherry wood and guaranteed to last a lifetime.
We have a selection of craftsman furniture for sale at Stonehurst, our furniture and home decor showroom and we can also help you map out a tour of Guild members studios, focusing on those best suited to the type of furniture you're looking for.
When you invest your money in tomorrow's Vermont made antiques, you are also investing in American jobs and in the future of American craft. What other kind of investment could give you this kind of appreciation?