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Truck giveaway honors Art Van’s history

It was 1959 and Ike was in the White House. Mattel introduced a new doll. Maybe you heard of her: Barbie? A gallon of gas set you back a quarter, and a businessman named Art Van Elslander opened his first furniture store in Detroit. Sixty years later, Home Furnishings Association member Art Van Furniture is going back to its roots to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The company is giving away a fully restored 1959 fire-engine red Ford F100 truck. “It’s humbling to realize how many people have opened their doors and invited us into their homes for 60 years,” said

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Doug Clark
ASTM proposed revisions fail

Above: City Furniture photo shows testing for stability following ASTM standard. A proposal to raise the testing weight used in ASTM’s furniture stability standard failed for now, following a second round of voting by its Consumer Products Committee and Furniture Safety Subcommittee. One change has been approved: The voluntary standard will cover clothing storage units as low as 27 inches rather than 30 inches. That revision will take effect in about six months. ASTM says clothing storage units, which include dressers and chests of drawers, must stand upright when empty and holding up to 50 pounds on the fully extended

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Doug Clark
Manufacturers endorse brick-and-mortar

(Photo above: Michael Delgatti, Kevin Walker and Jeb Bassett III, left to right) The future of furniture sales is brick-and-mortar, leading manufacturers told an industry conference June 17. But industry expectations are changing. “If you’re doing the right things, brick and mortar is going to stay,” Michael Delgatti, president of Hooker Furniture Corp., told attendees at the American Home Furnishings Alliance Specialized Furniture Carriers Logistics Conference in Wilmington, N.C. “You have to start with the web,” advised Jeb Bassett III, chief operations officer for Bassett Furniture. Online marketing engages customers and gives retailers the chance to tell their stories. “Millennials,

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Robert Bell
‘Mattress Mack’ recovering from mini-stroke

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, the owner of Top 100 Gallery Furniture in Houston, took to Facebook Tuesday night to tell his friends and followers he is recovering from a “mini-stroke.” McIngvale, a 68-year-old Houston entrepreneur and philanthropist, told followers via a Facebook Live stream from an exam room at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital at Texas Medical Center that doctors believe he suffered a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke. A transient ischemic attack produces similar symptoms to a stroke but only lasts a few minutes and causes no permanent damage. It happens when there is not enough oxygen reaching the brain. This

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Doug Clark
HFA calls for mandatory stability standard

The Home Furnishings Association is urging the Consumer Products Safety Commission to pursue expedited rulemaking to achieve a rigorous safety standard for clothing storage furniture stability. “Your agency has documented the dangers associated with accidental tip-overs of bedroom dressers, chests of drawers and similar units,” HFA CEO Sharron Bradley wrote in a letter to CPSC Acting Chairwoman Ann Marie Buerkle (center in photo above, flanked by other commissioners) today. “The time has come to take decisive action.” As the leading trade association for furniture retailers in the United States, HFA has supported CPSC’s “Anchor It!” campaign since it was launched,

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Robert Bell
Six months after hurricane, Badcock store opens in Florida

Photo: HFA member Sonja Rhinehardt outside her temporary Badcock store in Pensacola, Fla. The morning after Hurricane Michael flooded and flattened Panama City and much of the surrounding Florida Panhandle, Home Furnishings Association member Sonja Rhinehardt ventured out to check on her two Badcock Home Furniture & more stores. “It broke my heart,” she said, when she learned that both stores were destroyed. “I knew the hurricane was going to be tough to rebound from for the community, but seeing my stores is when I realized things were going to be tough on me personally.” Six months later, Rhinehardt is

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