End of line for fine furniture name

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Gary Rohrer hoisted the cherrywood end table from the showroom floor and turned it upside down.
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Linda

Capitol Heights, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
It is a sad day when a dedicated family business must go out of business because of the greedy corporate giants who try and succeed at making money; but not giving the quality.
M Robertson

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Dec 7, 2008
 
Why is the Sun always eager to point out negative news? Aren't their reporters able to find businesses that have hired workers recently? There are many businesses making a plethora of money today.
Danielle

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Dec 7, 2008
 
Linda wrote:
It is a sad day when a dedicated family business must go out of business because of the greedy corporate giants who try and succeed at making money; but not giving the quality.
The people who really are to blame are us - the US citizens. You can't blame the "greedy corporate giants" they wouldn't be able to operate without the "greedy US citizens" who would rather save money and go to Walmart/Target etc.
elkie

Baltimore, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
With the prices of everything rising today, people just don't have $15,000 to buy high-end furniture. If given the choice, most people would love to buy this store's furniture as opposed to Walmart/Target but they just don't have the money anymore.
USA

Randallstown, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
I bought a new bedroom set this past summer. It was so poorly made that I sent it back and had to absorb a $400 restocking fee from a reputable(?) fine furniture store in Delta,Pa. Now we still use our 40 year old set that looks better than the returned set.
Mike The Satellite Man

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#6
Dec 7, 2008
 
Good Made-In-America furniture has
always been the benchmark for furniture
worldwide.$15000.00 is NOT the average
cost of well-crafted State-side furniture.

People refuse to do the math when
investing in pieces.

Good furniture will last for
GENERATIONS, while furniture
brought from Sam Walton Inc.,
IKEA (style WAY over substance),
and rinky-dink establishments
will show their true value when
they collapse under Aunt Mary's
fondness for cheesecake.
jeffro

Warsaw, NC

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Dec 7, 2008
 
America : RIP. I pay 17.00 an hour China pay 2.00....end
hawkeye

Baltimore, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
M Robertson wrote:
Why is the Sun always eager to point out negative news? Aren't their reporters able to find businesses that have hired workers recently? There are many businesses making a plethora of money today.
Negative news? I think it's just news. Many of us know Statton's furniture and reputation well. It was only sold through a few of the better retailers, many of which have disappeared also. I didn't know their business was dropping off, so this is news for me. I actually owned some of this furniture years ago and I've been to the factory too. It is truly heirloom quality that buyers cherish for generations. Yes, it is expensive, but I think "you get what you pay for". It's a question of priorities. For me, investing $15K in beautiful, hand-made, high quality furniture (with amazing resale value) that I could enjoy for the rest of my life is preferable to spending $15K++ for an automobile that might last 10 years, maybe, with almost no resale value. Again, that's my thinking only. But, it's still sad to hear the doors are closing for good.
Anthony Afterwit

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Dec 7, 2008
 
My family absolutely refuses to buy furniture from China. Our American made purchases will last a lifetime!
Jesse

Woodbridge, VA

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#10
Dec 7, 2008
 
Based on the main photo, it looks like their furniture never adapted to changing American tastes. Granted, there are plenty who prefer what I call "traditional" furniture, but even that has been modernized over the years. Although that piece he has his hand on, with the granite or marble top is more in line with the tastes of today. I only say this because they mention that profits have been hard to come by for years -- the big home improvement (which includes furniture) boom only ended in the last two years. Either way, it's sad to see another Maryland institution close down.
Anthony Afterwit

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Dec 7, 2008
 
elkie wrote:
With the prices of everything rising today, people just don't have $15,000 to buy high-end furniture. If given the choice, most people would love to buy this store's furniture as opposed to Walmart/Target but they just don't have the money anymore.
Even the Clinton's tried to take furniture from the White House to furnish their NY home. Nowadays, Slick Willy is doing very well with his income from speeches, appearances, etc.
Jesse

Woodbridge, VA

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Dec 7, 2008
 
M Robertson wrote:
Why is the Sun always eager to point out negative news? Aren't their reporters able to find businesses that have hired workers recently? There are many businesses making a plethora of money today.
I have to agreed -- about negative news in general -- not just with the Sun.

The only positive news I've seen is that Jack Daniels sales are booming because everyone is depressed and getting drunk. A positive turned into a negative.

Let's focus on the mortgage refi boom. Or how auction houses that sell homes are booming. Or that even though foreclosures are bad for real estate in general, there are many real estate companies expanding by focusing on foreclosure sales.

Every negative has a positive. They say the economy is going to get worse before it gets better, so let's focus on what is positive.

The economy is mainly based on consumer fears. Consumer spending makes up the largest part of our economy. If we focus on the bad news, we're never going to realize when things improve and we can leave the cave.

Actually, it is our responsibility to make things better. The government, the banks and the likes of AIG have proven that we cannot rely on them to make the world a perfect place. We have to rely on ourselves.
Randy

Baltimore, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
jeffro wrote:
America : RIP. I pay 17.00 an hour China pay 2.00....end
Exactly. We cannot compete in the manufacturing segments in this global market. We must invest in businesses that require expertise that cannot be duplicated by a $2.00 an hour worker in China. Sad but true. America must work towards more and more technical businesses that are not labor driven such as steel, automotive, clothing, furniture, electronics, etc.

I don't pretend to possess the answers but I am smart enough to know we are trying to hold on to the good old days where the blue collar worker, with very little education could make enough money to support his family comfortably. Those days are gone and not coming back so the sooner we look forward and the brain trusts of this great country begin to carve out our niche in the global marketplace the sooner we can hand our children's children a better world than this mess we've made for ourselves. Generations from now they will be looking back and saying "With all at your disposal, THIS is what you came up with?".
NoDemPublican

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Dec 7, 2008
 
Anthony Afterwit wrote:
<quoted text>Even the Clinton's tried to take furniture from the White House to furnish their NY home. Nowadays, Slick Willy is doing very well with his income from speeches, appearances, etc.
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Clinton may have left with the furniture but he also left with a couple of consecutive years of budget surpluses in place.

I've heard that Bush will be taking the aluminum tubes which were found in Iraq.
NoDemPublican

Severna Park, MD

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#15
Dec 7, 2008
 
...and those tubes were a lot more expensive than the furniture.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
It is amazing that the sheep in this country will go out and spend 80 grand on an overpriced Mercedes due to the expectation of quality, but will shun every other well made item for Chinese junk. We deserve to have our economy in the toilet.
Mike

Millersville, MD

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Dec 7, 2008
 
When the newspapers all file for bankruptcy, who will tell us when the last american company closes?
Brad Inman

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#18
Dec 27, 2008
 
This is a loss for the entire US, not just Hagerstown. Every time a US Co closes its doors we lose a little bit of our soul. Just a few years ago Hagerstown lost Mollers Organ co, which was another grand old name that stood for quality.
Che

Hagerstown, MD

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Jan 17, 2009
 
Globalism at its best. Raise your hand if you have a 42" or larger LCD or plasma from Japan?

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