It’s Our 80th Anniversary!

Photo of Van Gorders' Furniture Honesdale showroom to celebrate the business's 80th anniversary.
Our Flagship showroom at the corner of Church & 6th Streets in Honesdale, PA.

Eighty years ago, Van Gorders’ Furniture began business as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange. Founder Ralph Van Gorder rented the bottom floor of the Jenkins Building on Honesdale’s Main Street in 1936 and placed an ad in the Wayne Independent saying he would buy anyone’s used furniture—“a single piece, an attic full or a house full.”

Today, our fourth-generation family-owned business sells new furniture, specializing in the finest American-made rustic home furnishings, as well as flooring and Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster mattresses. We have consistently grown and changed with the times, now serving the tri-state region with the Lake Region’s three largest furniture showrooms, located in Milford, Lake Wallenpaupack and Honesdale, PA.

80th Anniversary Facebook Contest

To celebrate our 80-year milestone, we’re awarding an $80 gift certificate every month in 2016 through a Facebook contest. Participants must “like” our page to earn a chance to win by correctly identifying various aspects of a photo we will post monthly on our Facebook page.

Check out our February winner as selected by our own Scott Mosher!

Decades before social media came into existence, Ralph Van Gorder began building a customer base the old fashioned way. Reflecting on Ralph’s business acumen, his son Don Van Gorder wrote, “I have always heard that the Dutch were avid merchants, so Dad evidently came into his calling naturally.”

It wasn’t long before Ralph realized the need to expand, and purchased a sprawling four-floor historic landmark in Honesdale, which we still use today. Originally the National Hotel, it has stood at the corner of Church and Sixth Streets since 1865.

Although the business survived the devastating flood of 1942, some artifacts, like its first ledger, are permanently stained with flood mud. The ledger reveals that the first customer bought a “Wash Boiler” for $1.00, to be paid within two weeks. The next was a “battery radio with speaker,” at a cost of $2.50—“to be worked out.”

Growing and Changing with the Times

Photo of the Van Gorders' Furniture team showcasing rustic furniture at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Rustic for the Home Harvest Festival.
Max, Greg, Derek (holding Jack), and Dylan Van Gorder.

As the business continued to grow, Don opened a modern second showroom on Route 6 at beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, PA in 1978. His son Scott joined the business and brought a distinct focus on lodge- and Adirondack-style furnishings that reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains, Catskills and Delaware River Highlands.

Scott’s three sons Derek, Dylan and Max have since entered the business, and in October 2014 Van Gorders’ Furniture expanded into its third showroom in Milford, PA. “We have staying power, a unique product mix, and an honest approach to business,” explains Scott. Grandsons Greg and Jackson are already involved in sustaining the family reputation as a longtime community business with their winning personalities.

Photo of Van Gorders' Furniture staff members at the Milford, PA showroom.
Our great team of staff members. Left to right: Jeff Beddoe, Darrell Lavoie, Casey Dmochowski, Scott Mosher, Sean Davis, and Joe Ayres.

Another factor contributing to our 80-year success story is our caring and knowledgeable professional staff—some of whom have been with us for more than 35 years—who provide excellent and dependable service to devoted customers. As in the early days, every team member is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and relaxing shopping adventure, which means being helpful without being pushy.

Today, Van Gorders’ Furniture is proud to serve the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey regions as the fifth generation of Van Gorders learns the art and craft of a multi-generational family business.

Visit our website to see more. And, don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page to follow the monthly contest and learn about upcoming sales or special offers.

3 Space Saving Tips to Get You the Perfect Dining Room Table

The holidays are right around the corner. Soon, it will be time for special gatherings and meals with family and friends!

Right now is the perfect time to spruce up your home with a new dining room table. At Van Gorders’ Furniture we carry quality American made brands like Country Value, Old Hickory and Green Gables.

And, we’ve got many dining room table options to fit your home décor, and your space.

Dining Room Tables – 3 Space Saving Tips

Here are 3 stylish and convenient space-saving options.

Photo of a Green Gables dining room table at Van Gorders' Furniture in Milford, PA.
This beauty is handcrafted in the United States from reclaimed barnwood timbers.
  • Butterfly leaves are great for smaller spaces. The removable centerpiece can be placed at any time to accommodate a large group at your dining room table.
  • Drop leaf dining room tables feature end pieces that can be folded down to save space, or up to add more place settings.
  • Storage leaf tables help to protect your table leaves when not in use.

We also carry a selection of base options, some of which provide extra storage. Or, a lazy susan option for ease of serving your guests.

Dining Room Table Finishes

At Van Gorders’ Furniture you can choose from a variety of wood species, like barnwood, oak, hickory, chestnut, and even pine.

Photo of a dining room table and chairs at Van Gorders' Furniture in Milford, PA.
Look at the quality craftsmanship in this Green Gables chair.

One of our most popular dining room table styles is made of reclaimed barnwood timbers by Green Gables Furniture in Illinois. These finely crafted pieces are sturdy and stylish. Their form and function create a family heirloom to be loved for generations to come.

So stop by any of Van Gorders’ 3 big showrooms for a relaxing shopping adventure—in downtown Honesdale, historic Milford or at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack. There’s never any sales pressure, just a relaxing experience in our unique and welcoming showrooms.

Our experienced staff is ready to answer your questions or offer help only when you need it.

Or, visit us online at VanGorders.com.

You’ll like what you find!

You can also submit a comment or question for Van Gorders’ Furniture right here…

Get a Comfortable Recliner for the Big Game

Football season is here, and the best seat in the house for college or pro games is a comfortable recliner.

At Van Gorders’ Furniture, we carry a variety of quality recliner brands like La-Z-Boy, England, Flexsteel and Best—most are made in the USA. They’re comfortable, durable and affordable.

Photo of comfortable La Z Boy recliners at Van Gorders' FurniturePlus, we’ve got a variety of great recliner options for you to choose from…

If you want to go big, we’ve got reclining loveseats and sofas, so the whole family can watch the big game.

For extreme comfort, try a power or lift recliner. Or, how about a massage recliner? It can really take the edge off when your team is having a bad week!

You can customize your selection with an array of fabrics or leather applications to fit your home décor or personal style.

Van Gorders’ Furniture has hundreds of recliners in stock and the lowest prices around. Test one out in our La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio in our Honesdale showroom.

Or stop by any of Van Gorders’ 3 big showrooms for a relaxing shopping adventure—in downtown Honesdale, historic Milford or at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack.

You’ll like what you find!

Here’s a preview…