Few and far furniture – Few And Far http://fewandfar.net/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 12:59:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fewandfar.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Few and far furniture – Few And Far http://fewandfar.net/ 32 32 Made to last? | Furniture news magazine https://fewandfar.net/made-to-last-furniture-news-magazine/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:43:20 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/made-to-last-furniture-news-magazine/

Before and after its demise, commentators were quick to point out weaknesses in Made.com’s operating model – but online furniture retailing is far from dead, says Jonathan Holmes, the marketplace’s founder and CEO. of interior online LuxDeco. …

Recent news about Made.com has shocked many of us. Valued at more than £700million last year, their collapse could be considered one of the most publicized crashes of recent years, and is a sad end to an otherwise thriving and hugely popular business.

It’s a shock because, just like LuxDeco, Made.com has seen significant growth thanks to Covid-19, with people spending more time at home. Like almost all housewares companies, they faced many of the same challenges, such as a compromised supply chain, quality issues, and long delays in customer orders.

With such an industry giant entering administration, what does this mean for the entire digital home goods sector?

In this new market, given general retail trends, changing consumer behavior and quieter periods of activity, it is clear that indoor businesses must evolve to compete for space.

Ultimately, online furniture retailing is far from dead. But how?

LuxDeco was designed to operate primarily on a stock-light model. This means we can offer a huge catalog without tying up expensive inventory and the associated high cost warehousing, a path we believe gives us a long-term competitive advantage and provides us with a more sustainable path to profitability.

Marking the success of this model, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, an important milestone.

While it undoubtedly has its challenges, our model helps us avoid the existential risks that come with buying large amounts of inventory. Instead, we are using our capital to invest in technology and supply chain to bridge the gap between delivery times and customer experience.

This has led us to bring some of the world’s leading homeware brands to our customers alongside global artisans and artisans.

Basically, LuxDeco operates in a very different market sector than Made.com. While their target audience is the highly competitive mass market, LuxDeco caters to affluent consumers (HNW), who are considerably more immune to the effects of global economic challenges.

This approach is intentional. LuxDeco is a company that was founded during a recession and is, thankfully, built to withstand the recession.

In times of economic crisis, there are two ways of seeing things: either as a risk or as an opportunity. I have always firmly believed in the latter. LuxDeco’s vision has always been great, and the opportunity before us could allow the company to truly dominate an emerging sector.

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How to Identify Victorian Gothic Revival Furniture Antique Collectibles & Historical Stories https://fewandfar.net/how-to-identify-victorian-gothic-revival-furniture-antique-collectibles-historical-stories/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 17:35:20 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/how-to-identify-victorian-gothic-revival-furniture-antique-collectibles-historical-stories/

You might think Victorian Gothic Revival furniture was made for Halloween. The sculpted, devilish heads on the chairs are downright spooky. However, this is a far cry from what their designers and collectors thought when the coins were created in the mid-19th century. The designs were actually the result of a growing romantic era, created by novels such as those by author Sir Walter Scott. His novel “Ivanhoe” is an example.

Historically, Gothic carved designs on furniture originated in Rome, with the folding chair known as the “Dante” or “Savonarola” chair. It was named after Gerolamo Savonarola, a priest known for his outspoken opinions in the 15th century. Reproductions have never ceased to be made.

The neo-Gothic aspect of furniture and architecture began in England in the second half of the 18th century and continued throughout the 19th century. It was an outgrowth of furniture and architecture made in Europe from 1150 to 1500 for churches.






A Savonarola style chair.




Victorian objects can be recognized by their painted arches, heavy fabrics and wood. The furniture has detailed carvings with elaborate decorative paintings and intricate carvings.

The neo-Gothic movement spread all over the world, including in Asia. In America, prominent cabinetmakers from Pennsylvania created everything in the style, from living room sets to cabinets, headboards, and dining room tables. Among them were Gustave Herter, John Henry Belter and Robert Horner.

Another influence that popularized the Gothic look was the Industrial Revolution. Mass-produced furniture made quality pieces affordable.

There was a resurgence of interest in Victorian Gothic Revival furniture in the 1960s. Reproductions and copies flooded the market. Authentic period pieces made by major manufacturers, such as Belter (1804-1863), became rare. At a 2012 Neal auction, a Belter table sold for $27,060.

The problem for interested collectors is that few Belter pieces were signed. They can be identified by the use of rosewood and the carvings of poets, statesmen and Gothic creature heads. They can still spawn anywhere.

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Recap: 54th Delhi IHGF Fair – Autumn 2022 https://fewandfar.net/recap-54th-delhi-ihgf-fair-autumn-2022/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 06:01:50 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/recap-54th-delhi-ihgf-fair-autumn-2022/


Furniture World News Bureau on 11/15/2022




The 54th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair – Autumn 2022, organized by the Indian Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, ended on October 18 after 5 days of exhibitor and buyer activity at India Expo Center & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway, New Delhi NCR. Overseas buyers from 98 countries had access to products from 3,000 exhibitors across India, spread across 16 halls and 12 display categories, reflecting India’s diversity of craftsmanship. Products included housewares, home furnishings, furniture, gifts and decorations, lamps and lighting, Christmas and party decoration, jewelry and fashion accessories, spa and well -being, rugs and carpets, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, toys and educational games, handmade paper. products & stationery and leather bags.

A regional handicraft-themed pavilion showcased artisans and entrepreneurs from across India with product ranges from primary producers in remote handicraft villages as well as innovations from EPCH’s integrated design development projects , making sourcing a wholesome experience at the IHGF fair in Delhi. Knowledge seminars and a panel discussion were enthusiastically attended by participants which were held on a variety of topics relevant to the benefit of trade. The fair also featured ramp displays, bringing several of the fair’s exhibitor collections to life.

Frequented by the international sourcing community as a leading business platform of its kind, this world-renowned show in this edition has garnered orders, inquiries and accolades. As exhibitors went the extra mile to create unique and exceptional displays to engage and attract buyers, new product innovations created more business as many added to their buyer lists. Each edition brings something or the other to marvel at, reported regular visitors. Pleased with the fair’s large size and seamless layout with large spaces categorizing major product segments, this edition proved to be a refreshing and welcome change for many IHGF customers who visited after a break. a few seasons. They also appreciated the inclusion of up-and-coming artisans and entrepreneurs alongside the established big players.

Eco-friendly and natural ranges of home and lifestyle products such as selected basketry and household items made from jute, hemp, coarse riverside grass, cane and bamboo, etc. . have been sought. European shoppers purchased interesting furniture, home accessories, gift products, housewares, bags and Christmas accessories, among other home products. Textile lovers appreciated the variety of home furnishings as well as kitchen linens. Those looking for accessories like scarves, stoles and shawls also expressed satisfaction with the options they saw. Giftware, paper products and hardware as well as components also provided a good choice for buyers.

Show highlights are available at https://youtu.be/fd-MYEFCy24

The 55th Spring Edition of IHGF Delhi Fair is scheduled for March 15-19, 2023 at the same iconic venue. Organizers are striving to make it a bigger and more spectacular mega show, structured with a larger display of exhibitors, themed and group exhibits, multiple organized lines and design affirmations. Expect more sustainable products across all segments of home, fashion, lifestyle, textiles and furniture, the product range will include housewares, home furnishings, furniture, gifts and decorations, lamps and lighting, Christmas and holiday decorations, jewelery and fashion accessories, spa and wellness, rugs and carpets, bathroom accessories, garden accessories, toys and games educational, handmade paper and stationery products and leather bags.


About the organizers

The IHGF Delhi fair is organized twice a year in the spring and autumn editions, by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the umbrella organization representing handicrafts manufacturers and exporters in India . EPCH empowers its 10,000+ members to customize and deliver unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. Apart from providing unparalleled business platforms to buyers and sellers, EPCH also provides comprehensive industry insights to international buyers and ensures an optimal interface between the Indian handicraft industry and international buyers, facilitating business harmonious. For more information visit www.ihgfdelhifair.in.

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I made $10,000 in two months from my furniture flipping business that I run from home https://fewandfar.net/i-made-10000-in-two-months-from-my-furniture-flipping-business-that-i-run-from-home/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 14:35:50 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/i-made-10000-in-two-months-from-my-furniture-flipping-business-that-i-run-from-home/

AFTER his business went bankrupt during the pandemic, Cole Brown took matters into his own hands, literally.

He was working with his father to distribute beef and seafood between Montana and Seattle when things started to go wrong.

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TikToker and scammer Cole Brown made $10,000 furniture1 credit
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The 27-year-old had just gotten married, he couldn’t pay rent and he was stuck delivering pizza to try to make ends meet.

In Seattle, at the height of the pandemic, things were even more expensive than usual.

After applying for 60 jobs and hearing nothing back, he knew he had to do something to start paying the bills.

As a child, he had taken carpentry lessons and had learned a lot from his grandfather, who was an architect.

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He knew how to repair furniture and what people were looking for when buying new pieces.

“I had just gotten married and couldn’t afford rent, so I found as many free items as I could and started selling them on Craigslist,” Cole told the US Sun.

Hoping he would make just enough money to cover his rent, Cole continued to search for free items wherever he could, even catching some on the side of the road.

Cole set to work embellishing the pieces and selling them on those same sites.

Once he launched his TikTok, StuffInSeattle, he gained popularity on Instagram and was able to make sales on those sites as well.

Now, just over two years later, he’s far exceeded his goal of earning just enough to pay the rent, as his furniture flips sell for over $1,000 in some cases.

A brilliant good idea

When he started, he had about $30,000 in debt and “no money,” he said.

He started with free or cheaper furniture like drawers and end tables and made a profit of $200 on average.

After about six months of hard work, he started making a big profit.

“I spent, you know, almost every hour of my day doing this to pay for things because my applications weren’t going anywhere,” he said.

“I realized I could do it full time and quit the pizza delivery job in July.”

Cole refurbishes chairs, credenzas, dressers and more and was able to sell them for around $650 on average.

“If I’m not making about $300 per article, it’s not really worth my time,” he said.

He took on a $10,000 challenge to see how quickly he could earn that much.

In just two months, he achieved his goal. Here are some of the items he sold:

  • Chair for $250 and sold for $550
  • Dresser for $200 and sold for $700
  • Set of drawers free and sold for $400
  • Dresser for $20 and sold for $280
  • Multimedia console for $20 and sold for $850
  • Chest of drawers at $20 and sold for $800
  • Dresser for $120 and sold for $450
  • Dresser for $325 and sold for $800
  • Set of four chairs for $50 and sold for $335
  • Dresser for $200 and sold for $700

These items alone earned him a total of $5,865.

Cole said he tries to spend no more than $400 at most when buying coins to flip, though he rarely goes over $200.

Cole was able to work full time from home

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He still finds most of what he returns at garage sales, thrift stores and on sites like Offerup.

However, he said the majority of his sales come from Instagram.

Even if they don’t stay with him too long, each piece he repairs has a special place for him.

“I was able to have more furniture that I liked and never thought I could because you know, you would only have a few dressers that you really should own,” he said.

“But I was able to have those and chairs and sofas, and provided like everything in my house was pretty much free or nearly free.”

The details

Over the years, he’s spent about $3,000 in total on tools to run his business, but he said the only thing anyone really needs is a vehicle to move the parts around. His truck is by far his biggest, he said.

He sometimes delivers items, but he was actually able to hire someone to help drive him.

In college, he was a wedding photographer, which helps him shoot announcements.

He also has a degree in communications, so he knew how to market himself to make sales.

His social networks are not monetized, so all his income comes from sales.

It’s also important to remember that the tax implications that come with side hustles are very similar to those that come with any other job.

Individuals must report additional income to the Internal Revenue Service if they earn $400 or more.

If their net self-employment income is less than $400, they must still file a tax return if they meet any other filing requirements listed on Form 1040.

His advice

If you want to try your hand at furniture flipping, Cole has some tips.

He suggests avoiding products from stores like Target and Ikea because they don’t hold up well or offer big profits.

When looking for a piece to flip, it says to check the dovetail joints in the corners, which look like two puzzle pieces fitting together.

Older pieces usually have the original manufacturer stamped somewhere, which you can research to see how much they sold for.

If you have a smaller car, you can start with items like side tables or bedside tables until you can move larger pieces around.

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An expert tells us how to make sure your outdoor furniture cushions are ready for winter storage https://fewandfar.net/an-expert-tells-us-how-to-make-sure-your-outdoor-furniture-cushions-are-ready-for-winter-storage/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 15:57:00 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/an-expert-tells-us-how-to-make-sure-your-outdoor-furniture-cushions-are-ready-for-winter-storage/

While keeping your patio furniture cushions in a room with ideal conditions may be enough to keep them safe, there is another way to ensure they don’t get damaged. “To better protect your outdoor cushions during storage, it is advisable to use a cover or a bag”, recommends Simon Barker. “This will help keep out any dust, dirt or pests that could damage them.” Cushion storage bags are usually made from durable polyester material and can be easily purchased online at an affordable price. Polyester fabric is perfect for the job because it’s able to repel water and resist heat, mildew and chemicals, says Silver Bobbin. These flexible bags can hold many cushions in one convenient place with handles that make them easy to move. Barker also notes that when choosing the perfect stuff sack, you need to “make sure it’s breathable so your cushions don’t get too hot or damp during the winter months.”

When it comes to organization, buying a pillow bag can also ensure that no pieces go astray. It would be frustrating to see the first signs of spring and get excited to start laying out your patio furniture, only to wonder where all your cushions are. With a handy bag, you can keep everything together in one place and make it easier to get back to patio season.

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Recycling furniture is a cool concept https://fewandfar.net/recycling-furniture-is-a-cool-concept/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 22:18:47 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/recycling-furniture-is-a-cool-concept/ Photo: Sazzad Ibn Sayed Upcycling is taking something that is no longer in use and giving it a second life and a new function. By doing so, the finished product often becomes more practical, valuable …]]>

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Upcycling is taking something that is no longer in use and giving it a second life and a new function. By doing so, the finished product often becomes more practical, valuable and beautiful than it was before. While recycling involves destroying waste in order to create something new, upcycling creates something new from it in its current state.

The interiors of my whole house rely on second-hand, discarded furniture. The first time I took possession of a separate place, I had nothing to decorate it with. To set up my house, my father and uncles gave me their furniture that was no longer in use, and so far these second-hand items have served me well. I turned a wooden chest into a center table; I repurposed my mother-in-law’s old chairs as sofas; an old dining table has found new life in my home.

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In the mid 90’s when my grandmother’s house was sold to developers, all the furniture in this beautiful old house was sold haphazardly. I took two mahogany wood shelves, painted them white, changed the broken glass and made them into a shelf for storing ceramics and crockery.

I turned an old freestanding sewing machine into a side table and decorated it with plants and memorabilia collected over the years; I got my hands on two tiny toddler school chairs and turned them into side tables. A vintage steam iron with a case has been polished and painted in rickshaw art and now it’s one of my favorite decor pieces. Broken teacups are my floating planters or candle holders that I use to decorate party tables.

My most recent acquisition is once again my grandparents’ furniture that was at my aunt’s as a family heirloom. Unfortunately, after my aunt passed away, her whole house was inherited by us, nieces and nephews. My aunt’s only son died in infancy and my uncle was also no longer with us. She had beautiful old furniture; one was a vintage dresser.

Passionate about antiques, I have always had my eyes on it. I even asked my aunt to sell it to me while she was alive. She always held me back saying it was mine once she was gone.

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Amidst tears of sadness, I retrieved my vintage chest of drawers and cherish it as if my life depended on it. I’ve turned it into a tea bar when hosting parties, a dessert station when I have guests over, and a houseplant station on normal occasions.

I love to play with; the small drawers have new vintage-looking ceramic supports, I haven’t changed the polish on the mahogany wood, and any scratches on them get a new polish from time to time. I cherish it with everything I have. It has become the centerpiece of my little house. Turning it into a tea bar is one of the coolest ideas that have ever occurred to me. I like to see my tea cups and tea strainers, my kettles displayed on it. It’s like I was playing doll with it.

There’s a certain gratification I don’t get with newly purchased things. And now, with the guilt of global warming hanging over our heads, I think upcycling is the most sensible path.

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Furniture chain closes store in New Jersey https://fewandfar.net/furniture-chain-closes-store-in-new-jersey/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 18:02:17 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/furniture-chain-closes-store-in-new-jersey/

If 2022 is going to be remembered for all the stores that have closed, there’s one more to add to the list. Huffman Koos, the venerable furniture retailer, is closing its Freehold store.

According to their Facebook page:

THE END IS NEAR 💥FULL OWNERSHIP!💥 DON’T MISS the opportunity to shop and save NOW before it ends!

The Asbury Park Press says the furniture chain got its start in 1917 when the Koos brothers opened their first store in Rahway; in 1970 they merged with Huffman Boyle Furniture to become Huffman Koos.

The chain declared bankruptcy in 2004 and the name was purchased by the owner of the furniture chain Moda.

Huffman Koos’ other New Jersey locations in Watchung and Fairfield are unaffected. There are also three locations in New York, with the Queens store also due to close.

“Nothing will be held back from massive extra discounts at the Huffman Koos Queens location on furniture and mattresses storewide during this Queens-only Store Closing Sale!! Hurry!” reads a Facebook post. A similar article adds that customers “can’t wait another minute” or they’ll miss sales at the Freehold location.

Huffman Koos via Facebook

Huffman Koos via Facebook

Huffman Koos said they had “lost our lease” on the Trotter’s Way building in Freehold; they have been there since 2014.

Although they haven’t announced a firm closing date, customers are urged to “shop now” because everything must go. Sounds like a good bargain hunting opportunity.

There’s also no word on what, if anything, will take its place in the Raceway Village near the Freehold Raceway Mall.

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Baby Furniture Market 2022 Analysis Outlook: Size, Cost Structures, Growth Rates https://fewandfar.net/baby-furniture-market-2022-analysis-outlook-size-cost-structures-growth-rates/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 19:44:35 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/baby-furniture-market-2022-analysis-outlook-size-cost-structures-growth-rates/

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Bassett, Baby’s Dream, Delta, Ikea, Pali, Bellini, Graco, Quanyou, Child Craft Industries, Williams-Sonoma, Land Of Nod, Franklin & Ben, Sorelle (C&T), Million Dollar Baby, Lucky Baby, Davinci, Simmons, Afg Baby furniture, Babyletto, FLEXA

Detailed segmentation:

The major product types of Baby Furniture covered in this report are: Baby Bassinet Baby Bassinet Baby Bathtub Baby Chair Baby Table Most widely used downstream areas of Baby Furniture market covered in this report are: 0-3 years 3-6 years 6-9 years

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The biggest furniture brand you’ve never heard of but probably seen https://fewandfar.net/the-biggest-furniture-brand-youve-never-heard-of-but-probably-seen/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 16:53:42 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/the-biggest-furniture-brand-youve-never-heard-of-but-probably-seen/

If you’ve ever purchased or researched furniture from a major national retailer, you’ve probably come across the Four Hands brand without even knowing it. But make no mistake, Four Hands is a major name in the furniture industry, generating nearly $500 million in revenue in 2021, surpassing the previous two years combined. Although best known as a “brand behind the brand”, or a brand praised by interior designers, due to social media they have become much more consumer-oriented in recent years.

Based in Austin, Texas, Four Hands employs a team of nearly 700 employees. There are additional distribution centers and showrooms located in High Point and Las Vegas, as well as offices in China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Vietnam.

Originally founded as an international importer of antiques and crafts, Four Hands has grown to sell thousands of products in a variety of categories at many major national furniture retailers as well as boutiques in line such as Kathy Kuo and Paynes Gray. It has become a brand that stands out for its unique, high quality pieces that simply don’t look like a copycat of anything on the market.

I recently spoke with CEO Matthew Briggs, who joined Four Hands in 2001. He has played a major role in shaping the brand over the past two decades into the powerhouse it is today.

Amanda Lawrence: Four Hands currently has over 2000 different products, which is a very large number. How do you maintain such a large inventory with such an emphasis on quality and design?

Matthew Briggs: In 2006, Four Hands was just importing, finding things we liked and creating a look. But [then we started to realize] we were intermediaries, and that was not a formula for long-term success.

We realized that we had to become the creators of the supply chain. So we started hiring great product specialists and partnering with great designers. We have over 40 people working in the United States and we send them to all international trade shows in Paris, Cologne, Milan, Guadalajara and Mexico City, Miami, High Point and Vegas. And we have people who love furniture, who love the industry, and who are just looking for what’s interesting, and trends in their infancy.

The other thing is due to the longevity of the industry, the scale and the way we operate as a company, we have managed to partner with the best and most creative factories in the industry. Then do [nearly] all design in house.

We basically create the product from the first step. And that’s a huge differentiator in the industry, because there are a lot of people who don’t do any product development or research. They just copy what we do or what other creators in the industry are doing.

Lauren: How has social media influenced Four Hands to be more consumer-focused?

Brigg: Originally, we were sort of this brand behind the brands. But once we were on social media platforms like Instagram, everything was very organic. Designers would start calling us and tagging us because I think the whole industry has become more transparent.

I think it’s a great example of how the industry has evolved in a really good way. When I started, it was all about secrecy, that is, hiding your sources and protecting the markets. What I mean by that is if you were a local retailer, in a city, you didn’t want anyone to know where your inventory was purchased. Store owners didn’t even tell their salespeople, they hid the brands. And then they went to everyone they bought from and insisted on exclusivity within a radius of about 25 miles. So it was about owning that market. And at the national level, we have experienced this. One of the amazing things the design community has done for the industry is they’ve swept it all away. They are much more transparent.

Lauren: What is it like to be essentially a non-consumer oriented brand that some consumers are very aware of?

Brigg: We like to have a more people-oriented personality now because we put so much effort into our own look. We do a lot of our own photography and create digital assets. We believe that no one represents our brand better than us. So we like the fact that we don’t rely on a national or regional retailer to represent our products in photography or printing.

Lauren: Do you think the average consumer has any notoriety when it comes to home furnishings?

Brigg: The average consumer doesn’t necessarily know this, but if someone builds a house and they start getting into it, they’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly. Who are the best people who make wallpaper? Who makes the best paint colors etc?

Maybe not everyone in the country knows who we are. But if people have been actively interested in the design space or the furniture space, certainly know who we are.

Lauren: Driven by demand, all major furniture brands have experienced pandemic-driven growth over the past three years. What else has helped Four Hands grow in recent years?

Brigg: Growth was pretty strong before we went into the pandemic because we were so focused on bringing new, quality products to market. We have improved a lot over the past ten years and have started to see our growth accelerate. Much of this was related to the ease of doing business with us – digital assets, operational excellence, product development, etc.

Another aspect of that, honestly, is just our scale, which is so much larger than most of our competitors. These are the resources that we can put into the technology and the product. We travel and spot trends far more than our competitors, if not all of our competitors.

Lauren: Supply chain issues have been a major challenge in the furniture industry, if not the biggest challenge in most industries. Other than that, what do you think are the biggest challenges currently facing the furniture industry as a whole?

Brigg: One of the biggest issues in the very short term right now is an oversupply of products in the market. Everyone is stocked up because everyone kind of anticipated that the party would go on forever. So what we’ve seen across the industry is that almost everyone has a lot of inventory. We start from an environment where there was almost no discount for people, they have to very quickly readjust their way of thinking about their product and their way of thinking about the sales process, and accept the fact that there is going to be have a promotional environment that can enter.

It is extremely uncomfortable. For many people, those few years have been so amazing for business because price wasn’t the deciding factor. And I think we’re back in an environment where people are going to get creative again and find whole new ways to sell products.

Lauren: Four Hands will soon launch new product categories?

Brigg: We are launching some very nice high-end table games. Then there are areas like outdoor umbrellas, which is a very specific market, and outdoor fire pits. We don’t consider them huge markets individually, but we do consider them to be really big. For our customers, we put our mark on that look and bring a product that looks like Four Hands to that part of the market.

The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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“Cheapest” cleaning tip for removing algae from garden furniture – “can quickly take over!” » https://fewandfar.net/cheapest-cleaning-tip-for-removing-algae-from-garden-furniture-can-quickly-take-over/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 14:34:00 +0000 https://fewandfar.net/cheapest-cleaning-tip-for-removing-algae-from-garden-furniture-can-quickly-take-over/

Algae is difficult to avoid in autumn – especially in damp, dark corners of the garden. Although the spores are not particularly dangerous, they can leave stubborn stains and even weaken the structure of your furniture. According to gardening experts, prevention is “the best form of defense” against these “unsightly organisms”, but there are several ways to eliminate them if it’s too late.

Unlike plants and weeds, algae have no roots, leaves or stems and tend to attach themselves to surfaces instead.

Gusts of wind help airborne spores cling to objects such as garden furniture, where they thrive in moist, shady conditions.

An expert from Be Furniture Sales explained that algae “can quickly take over the whole area” and ruin the look of your garden items.

They said, “When neglected, algae growth on wooden surfaces can lead to rot. On wrought iron furniture, it can lead to rust that weakens your chairs and tables.”

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Hot soapy water

After brushing all debris from your outdoor furniture, use a liquid cleaning solution to target slime algae.

Be Furniture Sales said: “The cheapest way to get rid of algae on your garden furniture is to use water and a mild detergent. Put a few drops of dish soap in a bucket of warm water. Rotate your fingers until the water foams. “

Dip a stiff bristle brush into the water and scrub the algae stains off your furniture.

Rinse off soap residue with a garden hose and pat dry with a clean towel to absorb any remaining moisture.

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The vinegar

If you notice mold spores growing next to algae, use vinegar to take advantage of its antifungal properties.

Mix an equal amount of white vinegar and warm water in a bucket and agitate with a clean paintbrush.

Scrub furniture vigorously to remove deep-rooted algae and dirt.

Be Furniture Sales said: “Remember to rinse the brush to remove excess algae as you continue to scrub. When you’re done, rinse the furniture with plenty of water and look for areas that may need more work. Repeat these areas until you remove all traces of algae, then rinse thoroughly.”

Baking soda

The combination of vinegar, water and baking soda is ideal for targeting the most stubborn algae stains and mold growth.

In a large container, add two parts white vinegar to one part water and mix together three heaping teaspoons of baking soda.

Using the same scrubbing method, apply the algae stains to your furniture and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Add more solution and scrub once more to remove stubborn residue. Leave to dry in the sun.

Be Furniture Sales said, “You can support chairs and tables with bricks to prevent legs from soaking in water for an extended period of time, which can cause more damage.”

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