Why is Furniture Works?

Help us celebrate our 16th anniversary.  16% off all new furniture in September.

As we near our 16th anniversary, we’re publishing a short series of “news” blogs, one each to answer the 5 Ws of journalism: what, where, when, who & why.

Why is there a Furniture Works?

From what Ken the owner calls his Elevator Speech, “Someone in Olympia needed to sell good used furniture”.   Shopping from Furniture Works provides several benefits.  You’re shopping local, so you’re supporting your friends & neighbors but you’re also supporting your community. 48% of dollars spent at a local business are returned to the community vs. 14% from a chain store.  Secondly, your tax dollars contribute to help keeping Olympia the 4th most livable city in US (from a recent survey).  Another way that Furniture Works supports the community is through its Nickle Mondays program, where 5% of all Monday sales are donated to a local non-profit.

Lastly, good used furniture is a great way to get better quality furniture at a lower price.  Ken’s rule of thumb for pricing used furniture is that even when it is perfect, it should never cost more than the same piece does new.  That can save you hundreds of dollars, if not more. And you know that you’re helping keep that good furniture from winding up at the landfill.  Think of it as doing good while doing well.

Who is Furniture Works?

Help us celebrate our 16th anniversary.  16% off all new furniture in September.

As we near our 16th anniversary, we’re publishing a short series of “news” blogs, one each to answer the 5 Ws of journalism: what, where, when, who & why.

Who is Furniture Works?

We’re owned by Ken & Kim Adney, 30 year residents of Olympia.  Ken’s background is information technology, most recently doing website management for the state’s Department of Social & Health Services and Kim is an accountant and owner of AccountSourceInc.

Ken had a decades long hobby of making furniture for his own home and so when he started the business he knew woods, joinery, finishes & furniture construction.  That’s important knowledge to have if you want to sell good quality furniture.

Furniture Works would be languishing if not for the good and hard work of the staff.  Christina is the store manager, knowledgeable about all issues in furniture & decorating.  Our most recent sales associate is David, a previous owner and manager of several large furniture stores in the Dallas area.  Matt & Luke are the hardworking guys who do the pickups & deliveries.

When is Furniture Works?

Help us celebrate our 16th anniversary.  16% off all new furniture in September.

As we near our 16th anniversary, we’re publishing a short series of “news” blogs, one each to answer the 5 Ws of journalism: what, where, when, who & why.

There are a couple of “when” questions.

When is Furniture Works open?

We’re open 12:30-6pm Monday through Friday, 10-6 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.  We’re open most major holidays but we’ll be closed, we share it on our Facebook page & post a note on our door.

When did Furniture Works start?

In the Spring of 2009, the owners, Kim & Ken Adney, new they wanted to start a new business.  We developed a business plan, found a location, began stockpiling furniture in our oversized garage.  We spent a couple of months rehabbing our new location at 402 Washington St NE in downtown Olympia & sold our first piece of furniture in December of 2009.  Since that time, we’ve sold approximately 25,000 pieces of furniture.

Where is Furniture Works?

As we celebrate our 16th anniversary, we’re publishing a short series of “news” blogs, one each to answer the 5 Ws of journalism: what, where, when, who & why.

Help us celebrate our 16th anniversary.  16% off all new furniture in September.

There are a couple of “where” questions.

Where is Furniture Works located?

We’re located at 402 Washington St NE in downtown Olympia, about midway between Intercity Transit (the bus station) and the Farmers Market. There’s free parking directly behind the store & usually metered parking available on street.

We’re also online too and you can visit our website (and online store) at https://olyfurnitureworks.com. You can also find us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/FurnitureWorks, on Twitter, LinkedIn and you can see our videos on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/FurnitureWorks.

Where do we get our used furniture?

When life circumstances change, so we all sometimes need to change our furniture.  As we age & move to a smaller home or condo, all that furniture we had doesn’t fit in our new home.  Sometimes a family member passes away & we need to find a new place for their furniture.  Sometimes we’re moving a long ways away and it isn’t practical to take our furniture with us.  Sometimes we’re just moving from one home to another & the old furniture doesn’t fit in the new home.

It is important to us to keep good quality furniture from being dropped at the landfill.  A good piece of used furniture may have many years left in its life.  We support recycle and reuse in principle, Furniture Works supports it in practice (we also recycle our cardboard, Styrofoam & plastic).

Where do we get our new furniture?

Of course, you can’t always find all the used furniture you want, so we also stock new furniture.  These come from a variety of wholesalers that we believe provide the best mix of quality & price.  They include Winsome Wood, Emerald Home Furnishings, Porter Designs, Home Elegance & Coaster Fine Furniture. This means that we’re happy and able to do special orders for you.  We favor shopping with Northwest companies, so we can get our furniture quickly, support our local economy & reduce shipping costs & environmental impact.

What is Furniture Works?

Help us celebrate our 16th anniversary.  16% off all new furniture in September.

As we near our 16th anniversary, we’re publishing a short series of “news” blogs, one each to answer the 5 Ws of journalism: what, where, when, who & why.

What is Furniture Works?

We’re a 6000 square foot retail store in downtown Olympia selling gently used, consignment and new home furnishings. At any given time, we have over 500 pieces of furniture in stock.  Although we tend to specialize in contemporary furniture, we’ve had every vintage from the most recent to pieces from the 1880’s. What percentage is used items that we’ve sought out or consignments or new home furnishings varies with what is available but it is generally about a 1/3rd of each.

Want to see what Furniture Works looks like? Visit our store with 360 views at either Google maps (using the street view) or at our website at https://olyfurnitureworks.com or on our Facebook page https://facebook.com/FurnitureWorks/ and click on the Virtual Tour tab.

Or you can visit us in person at 402 Washington St NE in downtown Olympia, midway between Intercity Transit & the Farmers Market.  We’re open Monday to Friday from 12:30-6pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.

Our motto is “A different kind of furniture store”.