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Rather than bore you all with self indulgent self promotion like a reality TV person trying to get new followers on Instagram or likes on Facebook - we would like to take a moment to let you know why we do what we do and what keeps us excited about the industry.
We look at all of the branded furniture aspirational marketing, clever use of creative descriptions and the constant promotion of credit options on cheap imported furniture and ask ourselves why?
Seriously, how many cheap flatpack products from this decade will still be fit for use in 30/40/50/60/70+ years? Knowing how they are made, how many times people change styles, how many times we move house or simply move it from one family member to another we would guess very little if any. Compare that to some of the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Arts and Crafts products that are still holding their own some 300 years after it was made.
You see furniture was a luxury at one point - I remember my Nana's (yes Nana... we're Northern) sideboard which she bought after the war and it remained with her for life polishing it every week. For some reason the high street has made the purchase of furniture as disposable as buying a shirt and that my friend is wrong.
Even if you don't consider the effect that has on the planet, please consider the effect it is having on your bank balance. Oh and just because the retailers tell you that you can buy now and pay later that doesn't mean it's a good thing. They can afford to offer credit as there is so much margin in new furniture - for instance the average profit on a piece of furniture in a shop is about 60%. So Your £200 dining chair actually cost them about £80 and the people who make the furniture will work on a similar margin - so people your £200 chair probably costs £30ish to make. Do you think craftsmanship has gone into a £30 product that's mass produced?
Even if you don't buy form us, do buy form a Vintage Furniture company or a Used Furniture company - you know you will get a great deal on product that still looks cool today and wont cost you the earth literally, so no need to finance and get yourself into more debt - you never know when you need to have a great credit score do you?
We remain excited about what we do - not just on the hire of furniture props (a big part of our business) but also in selling a great collection of pre used furniture at low low prices delivered throughout England.
The VHS Team