Since last month's Newsletter
It surely has been a summer of extreme weather: a tornado that
devastated parts of Springfield, Munson and Brimfield on June
1st, an earthquake of far less consequence on August 23rd, and
Hurricane Irene, which caused massive destruction along the
Atlantic seaboard and into New England. The center of the storm
passed only a few miles west of Conway, causing severe flooding
in the center of town and in several other towns in the
immediate area. The devastation of bridges, roads, and farms in
the Berkshires and in Vermont has been widely covered. One need
only to look at pictures of the destruction to realize how lucky
we were to have been spared.
The 10 inches of rain that fell during the storm flooded our
basement, but our sump pump was able to keep it under control.
Although our generator was ready for an extended power outage,
with 30 gallons of fuel on hand, our electrical power was never
interrupted. We were as prepared for the storm as it's possible
to be and, as Murphy's Law would dictate, the crisis never came
to our doorstep. We're thankful for that and grateful for the
many calls and e-mails we received from concerned family and
Now -- on to business.
A glance at our website galleries will give an idea of how
successful August was for us. Our Tax Holiday Sale was
exceptionally good, and we reduced our inventory significantly.
At the moment, our showrooms look and feel rather empty, and the
pages of our website that were dominated by sold items have been
If you visit our website, you'll find that,
beginning this month, we've eliminated our American and Chinese
Furniture galleries and incorporated the few remaining pieces
from those genres into a generalized "Furniture" page, which is
- and shall be - dominated by English pieces. The
listings on that page are quite sparse
at the moment, as well, but we plan to remedy the weakness after
our November Opening, when we expect to list several pieces of
early English and Dutch furniture. In this newsletter we're
featuring a group of interesting smalls that we've just added to
our website. You'll find a link below.
As you scroll down this page, we hope you'll find articles of
interest to you - and perhaps something to add to your
collection. Have fun.