ALIGN | Issue No. 33

Greetings,

Have you tried buying a couch lately? A dining room table? Furniture is hard to come by—as is good American craftsmanship in this sector. 

Few industries were left untouched as our short-sighted elites outsourced supply chains with empty promises about the wonders of globalism. Now, global lockdown-induced supply disruptions are causing shortages of just about everything. Even if you can get a piece of furniture that isn’t stuck on a container ship, the quality is pathetic.  Take a look at this 2004 article from the Wall Street Journal. They write, “As many as 30 Chinese workers can be hired for the cost of one cabinetmaker in North Carolina.” Apparently it never occurred to these companies that you get what you pay for.

The sad truth is, the market for furniture is in a sorry state. It’s difficult to find a high-quality furniture company that makes things here, hasn’t gone woke, and doesn’t break the bank.

Below, we’ll highlight a few companies that buck the trends. But the whole situation underscores an important point: There is tremendous opportunity for stateside manufacturers to revive America’s proud heritage of furniture making—and to help save Americans’ homes from low-quality particle board trash from China.

The Better Alternative

A few of the largest corporations selling furniture in America are IKEA, Target, and Walmart. Each of these companies are also extremely woke. 

IKEA recently unveiled LGBTQ couches in Canada (yes, apparently there is such thing as a bisexual couch now) and has a Pride collection featuring various rainbow items. Target’s website has 11 different pages of fringe, leftwing “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” content. Meanwhile, after failing to live up to the radical left’s exacting standards in the past, Walmart has made sure to “earn” a perfect 100 score from the Soros-funded Human Rights Campaign.

There are better options. Ashely Furniture has locations across America, doesn’t use your money on progressive causes, and remains headquartered in the small town of Arcadia, Wisconsin. They’re not perfect—they certainly don’t make everything in America—but if you’re in a pinch, they’re much better than the bigger brand names.

Source: Ashley Furniture Facebook

Business Spotlight

One regional furniture maker we’ve grown to love is Weaver. Drawing from a community with deep expertise in woodworking, Weaver coordinates with over 100 Amish craftsmen to create the highest quality furniture items. Since items are hand-crafted and heirloom quality, production and shipment take a little extra time. But the old saying really is true: Good things come to those who wait.

You should also take a look at American Furniture Warehouse headquartered in Colorado. They write, “On average, 70% of our merchandise comes from companies with factories here in the states.” Just like us, they’ve found that, sadly, we just don’t make some things here anymore. That being said, American Furniture Warehouse made it clear that when they can source something from U.S. manufacturers, they do.

Do you recommend a regional or national brand we overlooked? If so, please let us know!

Source: American Furniture Warehouse Facebook

The Bigger Picture

One of our colleagues, Adam Korzeniewski, wrote a great piece pressing our leaders to strengthen our country through patriotic economic policy instead of continually selling us out to globalism:

“A real education in American political economy would start with Washington’s warning against foreign entanglements, one of which is the increasing interconnection and consolidation of international markets.”

Privileging foreign economies and multinational corporations at the expense of America’s industrial base and labor market isn’t market efficiency. It’s destructive greed. Our ability to produce goods at home is the key to security and prosperity—and the very independence of our nation. Adam is holding our leaders to account, and we’re right there with him.

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