Summer Sounds and Savings

Summer is sizzling with a great selection of free live music events in our area — a few of them happen in and around our welcoming rustic showrooms. What better way to enjoy a relaxing power browse or take advantage of our ongoing sales? Stop by to enjoy the music and the savings!

Americana and 60s Rock

Don’t miss Little Sparrow playing Americana, 60s rock, bluegrass, country and jazz at our Milford showroom during the annual Milford Music Festival.

Little Sparrow plays in the Van Gorders' Furniture Milford, PA showroom on Saturday, June 24 as part of the Milford Music Festival.Little Sparrow
Saturday, June 24
1 to 4 pm
321 Water Street (Route 2001)

See the Full Milford Music Festival Line-Up.

Little Sparrow has been performing in the Upper Delaware River region since 2008. The band is comprised of Aldo Troiani on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Carol Smith on guitar and vocals; and Lester Wilson on bass. They recently added Jay Ganz on Peal Steel guitar; Van Manakas on fiddle and guitar; and Mike Cervone on drums.

Homegrown Music and Arts

Enjoy a delightful day of live music and crafts just down the street from our Honesdale showroom.

Roots & Rhythm Festival
Saturday, June 17
Central Park
1:30 to 9:00 pm

See the Full Roots & Rhythm Line-Up.

Take a peek inside our unique rustic furniture showrooms.

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Beautiful Barnwood Furniture

Barnwood furniture is more popular than ever these days. We understand why. For decades, Van Gorders’ Furniture has specialized in this unique style of heirloom quality rustic furniture.

You’ll find barnwood furniture for every room of your home in all three of our spacious and welcoming showrooms. We offer pieces such as dining tables, bed frames, dressers, and bars.

The Barnwood Furniture Story

Photo of a barnwood furniture bed frame at Van Gorders' FurnitureIt’s interesting to note that a selection of the quality American-made rustic furniture that we carry is constructed from salvaged old growth barnwood timbers reclaimed from structures out west. Each piece of rustic barnwood furniture tells a story of America’s history. Materials with the right look and quality are handpicked and recycled into beautiful furniture that carries timeworn greys and brown tones, saw marks, nail holes, exposed joinery, and metal work that makes it one-of a-kind.

Back in the day, when the barns were first constructed, a 2 x 4 actually measured 2 inches thick, and the tight-grained wood from ancient trees cut on a circle sawmill maintained the tell-tale half circle marks from the blade. Those kinds of quality timbers aren’t available in the new lumber produced today.

Heirloom Quality Barnwood Furniture

Photo of a barnwood furniture dining table at Van Gorders' Furniture.Reclaiming old growth timbers to construct rustic barnwood furniture produces bold, sturdy pieces that are built to last. Owning a piece of barnwood furniture ensures that you will have something beautiful to pass on from generation to generation.

Each piece is unique, with a natural patina that only Father Time and Mother Nature can create. Support beams that once sustained the weight of the season’s hay stocks are transformed into massive dining room table legs or bedposts. Antique roof trusses and siding boards are reimagined into doors, drawers or table tops.

Bring the Outdoors Inside

Photo of a barnwood furniture bar with stools at Van Gorders' Furniture.At Van Gorders’ Furniture, we maintain a deep respect for the majesty of the great outdoors as well as the many fine traditions that are part of our nation’s past.

Stop in to any of our welcoming showrooms — in Honesdale and Milford or at Lake Wallenpaupack, in Pennsylvania — to experience the beauty of barnwood furniture firsthand.

Our helpful staff are always ready to answer your questions but are never pushy. It is our pleasure to host your relaxing furniture shopping adventure!

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

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Music in Milford

With the bands booked and the stages being set, organizers of Milford Music Festival’s 15th annual event proudly announced their most music-filled weekend to date!

From June 24th to the 26th there will be more than 60 musical acts in 30 different venues throughout the town of Milford Pennsylvania, and it’s all free and family-friendly.

As part of the festival, Van Gorders’ Furniture will present Little Sparrow performing at our Milford showroom, at 321 Water Street (Route 2001), on Saturday, June 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Stop by to hear some Americana 60s rock, bluegrass, country and jazz.

Little Sparrow

Photo of the band Little Sparrow, a Catskill's-based band that plays Americana with elements of sixties rock, bluegrass, country, and jazz.Little Sparrow has been performing in the Upper Delaware River region since 2008. The band is comprised of Aldo Troiani on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Carol Smith on guitar and vocals; and Lester Wilson on bass. They recently added Jay Ganz on Peal Steel guitar; Van Manakas on fiddle and guitar; and Mike Cervone on drums.

Over the years Little Sparrow has invited dozens of accomplished musicians to perform with them, including Thurman Barker, Ron Penska, Brewster Smith, Doug Rodgers, Lynn Reno, Chip Forelli, Sara Hulse, Jim Stickler, Jesse and Larry Kitzmiller, Ralph Housman, Herb Clay, Kurt Knuth, Fred Scholl, Barry Wiesenfeld, Steve Schwartz, Mike Cervone, Greg Fiske and Leroy Seals, and Dan Engvaldsen. Whether as guest musicians or emeritus players, all of these musicians have helped to define the band’s free spirited musical style.

Music Festival Highlights

Milford Music Festival logo 2016.Highlights of Milford Music Festival 2016 include Friday night’s performance in The Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, featuring 3 acts as varied as blues, folk, roots and indie rock. The free show starts at 7pm.

On Sunday morning, the Milford Farmers Market at The Grotto Restaurant will host garage rock artist Francie Moon followed by the kick-off to Music in the Park’s summer series in Ann St Park.

Click here for the complete Milford Music Festival schedule and printable map.

Have a question or comment for us? Ask it right here…

Take the Pledge for Clean Water!

We love living near the wild and scenic Upper Delaware River! In fact, the unique rustic and lodge-style furnishings that you’ll find in Van Gorders’ three welcoming showrooms reflect the beauty and wildlife of the Upper Delaware Region.

A photo of an Old Hickory dining room set available at Van Gorders' Furniture. Part of the Clean Water pledge blog post.
Old Hickory is one of the rustic furniture brands found at Van Gorders’ Furniture.

One very special thing about the Upper Delaware River is its clean water, which supports a healthy ecosystem while providing gorgeous scenery and many recreational opportunities like fishing, swimming and boating.

We are so grateful for all that the river provides to people, animals and plants, and we recognize how important it is to keep its waters clean. This is one of the reasons our own Scott Van Gorder has been volunteering with our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, for so many years. The Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region in partnership with landowners and communities.

Clear Choices, Clean Water

One way that you can show your support for the clean water of the Upper Delaware River is by taking a quick and easy online pledge to help protect it — and other local lakes, rivers, and streams — from pollution.

The pledge is part of the Conservancy’s Clear Choices, Clean Water: My Delaware River website that features lots of helpful suggestions that everyone can implement to conserve water.

To take the pledge, simply go to the website and choose one of four options:

  • Water Conservation
  • Volunteer Service
  • Native Plants
  • Lawn Fertilizer

Once you select your area of interest, click on Make a Difference, TAKE A PLEDGE and follow the prompts from there.

You can even view a cool map that shows how many of your friends and neighbors have taken the pledge, and the impact their actions are having on nearby rivers and streams.

Through June 27, 2016 every pledge will be entered to win an Old Town Heron 9′ kayak, generously donated by Alice’s Wonderland.

Pledge Today!

Clear Choices, Clean Water: My Delaware River is a cooperative effort among the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy, Pocono Heritage Land Trust, Pocono Environmental Education Center, and Brodhead Watershed Association.

Take the pledge today!

Enter Our Facebook Contest

Logo for Van Gorders' Furniture Facebook contest.Don’t miss the Van Gorders’ Furniture Facebook contest every month through 2016 in celebration of our 80th year in business!

In 1936, when Ralph Van Gorder started the business as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange he probably never imagined social media.

But, throughout the year we’ll award an $80 gift certificate every month to one lucky customer. Here’s how it works.

To participate:

  • Please make sure you “like” our Facebook page.
  • Then, when we post the contest photo during the middle of each month you must correctly answer a few questions about it in the post’s comments.
  • All correct responses will be entered into a raffle for an $80 gift certificate.
  • The monthly winners will be announced via Facebook.
  • Winners can pick up their prizes at any of our three welcoming showrooms in Honesdale, Milford or at Lake Wallenpaupack.

Facebook Contest Winners

Our February winner was Lisa Morgan Theobald and our March winner was Kathy Cosgrove Taninies!

Will you be the next lucky winner of an $80 gift certificate for Van Gorders’ Furniture?

Our April contest is coming up on the 15th so be sure not to miss it.

Our Showrooms

Take a video tour of the Van Gorders’ Furniture showrooms to see our outstanding selection of classic and rustic furniture brands for every room of your home. Sofas, love seats, chairs, dining room tables, outdoor furniture, dressers, desks, bedroom sets, night stands, and more. We have what you need to fit your space and your budget!


Plus, all three showrooms feature Sealy Galleries where you can test out quality mattresses to help you get the good night’s rest you deserve.

We always offer the lowest prices around on Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster!

Don’t forget to visit our website to see more. And, “like” the Van Gorders’ Furniture Facebook page to follow and enter our monthly Facebook contest! You’ll also get the latest info about our upcoming sales and special offers!

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.

View Bald Eagles this Winter

 

Photo by Sandy Long of a wintering bald eagle along the Upper Delaware River.
A wintering bald eagle. Photo courtesy Sandy Long.

Majestic bald eagles are a spectacular sight in the Upper Delaware River region of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains.

Winter is one of the best times to view these amazing birds.

According to our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, about 150-200 bald eagles migrate to our region during the winter months.

The eagles are seeking a reliable food source and undisturbed habitat. They come from northern locations where most waterways are now frozen solid.

Bald Eagles Along the Upper Delaware River

What makes our area so attractive to bald eagles is the open water on the Upper Delaware River and its tributaries, which are excellent sources of fresh fish.

Some bald eagles fly nearly 900 miles from their breeding grounds to spend the winter here, according to the Conservancy.

The Upper Delaware River region also features large stands of trees and expanses of protected lands that provide perches from which eagles can hunt.

Eagle Watching Excursions

The Conservancy offers a full line-up of guided eagle watching events on most Saturdays during January and February. Sign up soon as these popular excursions fill up quickly!

What’s also fun is the free annual Eagle Day set for Saturday, January 23, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, located just down Route 6 near our Lake Region showroom.

Eagle Day is fun for the whole family. It includes spectacular “Live Birds of Prey” demonstrations by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, at 1:00pm and 3pm. There are also hands-on activities by Lacawac Sanctuary and many opportunities to learn about eagles and other native birds.

Bald Eagles at Van Gorders’ Furniture

There are plenty of eagle viewing opportunities near any of Van Gorders’ 3 welcoming rustic furniture showrooms in Honesdale, Milford or near Lake Wallenpaupack, PA. So, why not make a day trip for an eagle excursion and a relaxing shopping adventure.

Photo of a wooden rustic furniture accent at Van Gorders' Furniture featuring bald eagles and a black bear.
One of our unique wooden wall hangings featuring bald eagles and a black bear.

At Van Gorders’ Furniture, our motto is Bring the Outdoors Inside! That means you’ll find plenty of unique rustic furnishings and accent pieces featuring bald eagles and many other beautiful animals like black bears and blue herons.

From carvings, to tables, to one-of-a-kind fabrics, each one will make your Lake Region home or retreat a reflection of nature’s beauty.

Visit one of our spacious showrooms today for a power browse! There’s never any pressure, just honest savings. 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…

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…

Columbus Day Sale & Our First Year in Milford!

In honor of Columbus Day, Van Gorders’ Furniture is featuring STOREWIDE SALES, today through Monday, October 12 — in all of our 3 big showrooms!

Come see us in downtown Honesdale, charming Milford or at Lake Wallenpaupack!

You’ll find great savings on classic styles and unique rustic and lodge furnishings for every room of your home.
Photo of an Old Hickory dining set.
Get ready for your
holiday gatherings!
Storewide Sale
in all 3 showrooms!

Store hours are:

Lake Wallenpaupack: Sat. 8am-5pm, Sun. 11am-5pm, Mon. 8am-5pm

Honesdale: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. closed, Mon. 9am-5pm

Milford: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 11am-5pm, Mon. 9am-5pm
Stop by one of our 3 welcoming showrooms this holiday weekend for a relaxing shopping adventure!

 

Milford Open House

Our Milford showroom is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend!

Open House

Photo of Van Gorders' Furniture showroom in Milford, PA.
Welcome to our Milford, PA showroom!
All Day
Sat. Oct. 10
Light refreshments
BIG savings
Stop by to say hi!
We’re located at 321 Water Street (Route 2001), just past the Waterwheel Café.