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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

All the best Memorial Day 2018 home goods sales

Lazy summer days start now

As the first three-day weekend of warm weather, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Hopefully you’ll be taking advantage of some sun and BBQ this long weekend, but you may also want to dedicate a few hours to shopping some of the biggest home goods sales of the season.

Whether you’re looking to refresh your decor, invest in an outdoor furniture set, or finally upgrade your mattress, this weekend is probably the best shopping opportunity you’ll see until Amazon Prime Day. We’ll continue to update this list all week so keep checking back for the most up-to-date sale info.


All Modern: Take an extra 15 percent off Memorial Day sale items with code SPF15.

Allswell: Use code LONGWEEKEND for 15 percent off mattresses and bedding. Ends May 28.

Anthropologie: All full-priced furniture and decor is 20 percent off at this summer kick-off sale.

Apt2B: Save 15 percent off sitewide and 50 percent off at the Apt2B outlet. If you’re spending $1999 or more use code 5MORE for 20 percent off or use code 10MORE for 25 percent off orders of $3,499 or more. Ends May 28.

Article: Save up to 50 percent off select items including seating, lighting and storage....


Lazy summer days start now

As the first three-day weekend of warm weather, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Hopefully you’ll be taking advantage of some sun and BBQ this long weekend, but you may also want to dedicate a few hours to shopping some of the biggest home goods sales of the season.

Whether you’re looking to refresh your decor, invest in an outdoor furniture set, or finally upgrade your mattress, this weekend is probably the best shopping opportunity you’ll see until Amazon Prime Day. We’ll continue to update this list all week so keep checking back for the most up-to-date sale info.


All Modern: Take an extra 15 percent off Memorial Day sale items with code SPF15.

Allswell: Use code LONGWEEKEND for 15 percent off mattresses and bedding. Ends May 28.

Anthropologie: All full-priced furniture and decor is 20 percent off at this summer kick-off sale.

Apt2B: Save 15 percent off sitewide and 50 percent off at the Apt2B outlet. If you’re spending $1999 or more use code 5MORE for 20 percent off or use code 10MORE for 25 percent off orders of $3,499 or more. Ends May 28.

Article: Save up to 50 percent off select items including seating, lighting and storage. Ends May 28.

Best Buy: Save up to 40 percent off major appliances and get a free Google Home when you purchase two or more select appliances. Ends June 6.

Birch Lane: Memorial Day pre-sale includes up to 60 percent off indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, lighting and more. Ends May 23.

Campaign: Use code SITANDCHILL to save $100 off any chair, loveseat or sofa.

eBay: Use code PMEMDAY for 15 percent off select products sitewide. The minimum purchase is $50 and the maximum discount is $50 as well. Ends May 25.

Hayneedle: Save up to 35 percent off indoor and outdoor finds. This fringe-covered hammock looks perfect for lazy summer days.

Helix: Take $100 off a Helix mattress with code MDW100, or use code MDW150 to take $150 off a mattress plus another Helix product, like a bed frame or adjustable pillow.

Home Depot: Save on a wide range of products from patio furniture and home decor to gardening essentials and hardware. Check out Home Depot’s Memorial Day Savings landing page for the full list.

Houzz: Save up to 80 percent off site-wide on home decor and remodeling products. Ends May 30.

Joss & Main: Take an extra 20 percent off Memorial Day deals with code STRIPES.

Leesa: Take $150 off the Leesa mattress and $225 off the Sapira mattress (which adds spring coils to Leesa’s foam layers.) Ends May 30.

Lowe’s: Save up to 40 percent off patio furniture, grills, appliances and more.

Lulu & Georgia: Save 15 percent off an order of $300 or more with code LONGWKND15, 20 percent off an order of $600 or more with code LONGWKND20, and 25 percent off an order of $900 or more with code LONGWKND25.

Nectar: Take $125 off a Nectar mattress plus get two free pillows with purchase. Ends May 29.

Overstock: Save up to 70 percent off outdoor furniture, bedding, decor and more. The gorgeous Christopher Knight chaise pictured above is on sale for $193.

Target: Online-exclusive deals include up to 30 percent off furniture and decor, with an extra 15 percent off patio furniture, rugs and Casper mattresses. Use promo code HERO at checkout.

Urban Outfitters: The Summer Fun sale at UrbanOutfitters.com offers up to 40 percent off summer essentials including breezy decor, bedding and pool floats. Who wouldn’t want to float away on a bottle of rosé? Ends May 23.

Wayfair: Save up to 70 percent off furniture, decor, bedding and more at Wayfair’s Memorial Day clearance sale. Ends May 28.

World Market: Members of World Market’s free Explorer Rewards Program can save 20 percent off sitewide with code FLAGWME. Non-members still get 15 percent off everything with code STARS15.

Lazy summer days start now

As the first three-day weekend of warm weather, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Hopefully you’ll be taking advantage of some sun and BBQ this long weekend, but you may also want to dedicate a few hours to shopping some of the biggest home goods sales of the season.

Whether you’re looking to refresh your decor, invest in an outdoor furniture set, or finally upgrade your mattress, this weekend is probably the best shopping opportunity you’ll see until Amazon Prime Day. We’ll continue to update this list all week so keep checking back for the most up-to-date sale info.


All Modern: Take an extra 15 percent off Memorial Day sale items with code SPF15.

Allswell: Use code LONGWEEKEND for 15 percent off mattresses and bedding. Ends May 28.

Anthropologie: All full-priced furniture and decor is 20 percent off at this summer kick-off sale.

Apt2B: Save 15 percent off sitewide and 50 percent off at the Apt2B outlet. If you’re spending $1999 or more use code 5MORE for 20 percent off or use code 10MORE for 25 percent off orders of $3,499 or more. Ends May 28.

Article: Save up to 50 percent off select items including seating, lighting and storage. Ends May 28.

Best Buy: Save up to 40 percent off major appliances and get a free Google Home when you purchase two or more select appliances. Ends June 6.

Birch Lane: Memorial Day pre-sale includes up to 60 percent off indoor and outdoor furniture, rugs, lighting and more. Ends May 23.

Campaign: Use code SITANDCHILL to save $100 off any chair, loveseat or sofa.

eBay: Use code PMEMDAY for 15 percent off select products sitewide. The minimum purchase is $50 and the maximum discount is $50 as well. Ends May 25.

Hayneedle: Save up to 35 percent off indoor and outdoor finds. This fringe-covered hammock looks perfect for lazy summer days.

Helix: Take $100 off a Helix mattress with code MDW100, or use code MDW150 to take $150 off a mattress plus another Helix product, like a bed frame or adjustable pillow.

Home Depot: Save on a wide range of products from patio furniture and home decor to gardening essentials and hardware. Check out Home Depot’s Memorial Day Savings landing page for the full list.

Houzz: Save up to 80 percent off site-wide on home decor and remodeling products. Ends May 30.

Joss & Main: Take an extra 20 percent off Memorial Day deals with code STRIPES.

Leesa: Take $150 off the Leesa mattress and $225 off the Sapira mattress (which adds spring coils to Leesa’s foam layers.) Ends May 30.

Lowe’s: Save up to 40 percent off patio furniture, grills, appliances and more.

Lulu & Georgia: Save 15 percent off an order of $300 or more with code LONGWKND15, 20 percent off an order of $600 or more with code LONGWKND20, and 25 percent off an order of $900 or more with code LONGWKND25.

Nectar: Take $125 off a Nectar mattress plus get two free pillows with purchase. Ends May 29.

Overstock: Save up to 70 percent off outdoor furniture, bedding, decor and more. The gorgeous Christopher Knight chaise pictured above is on sale for $193.

Target: Online-exclusive deals include up to 30 percent off furniture and decor, with an extra 15 percent off patio furniture, rugs and Casper mattresses. Use promo code HERO at checkout.

Urban Outfitters: The Summer Fun sale at UrbanOutfitters.com offers up to 40 percent off summer essentials including breezy decor, bedding and pool floats. Who wouldn’t want to float away on a bottle of rosé? Ends May 23.

Wayfair: Save up to 70 percent off furniture, decor, bedding and more at Wayfair’s Memorial Day clearance sale. Ends May 28.

World Market: Members of World Market’s free Explorer Rewards Program can save 20 percent off sitewide with code FLAGWME. Non-members still get 15 percent off everything with code STARS15.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.