#4for40Giveaway: 1 Best-Selling Item Over 40 years Given Away Each Week for October!

October 1, 2016

4for40Giveaway Series

Each week for the month of October we’re giving away one of our most popular items over the last 40 years we’ve been in business.

What products or styles of furniture would you like to see Manchester Wood make in the next 40 years?

By answering this question, in either the comments section here below, on our Facebook wall, or mentioning it to us on Twitter @manchesterwood, you’ll be entered to win the random raffle drawing conducted each Saturday morning during the month of October.

October 1-7

Multipurpose Cart and End TableIn the first week, we’ll be giving away our Multipurpose Cart & End Table. This item started off as a pine vegetable bin in our Plain Country collection in 1983. The design was inspired by an antique Ferrier’s toolbox found in the barn of our founder Cliff Pierce. Collaborating with a Crate & Barrel buyer at the time; they liked the concept, but wanted it to have open shelving from both sides and added casters for mobility. The new design became our Multipurpose Cart. We made it as an exclusive item for Crate & Barrel’s housewares department for the next year finding much success.

L.L. Bean then picked it up, modified the design some more, and ran it as “Bean’s Table Cart,” which went on to sell over 20,000 units the following year.

Today, as Vermont Country Store now states in their catalog version we offer them, it’s an “everywhere table,” and it truly is. We’ve boasted it as having 101 uses for the last 33 years, and the timeless appeal in design and function continues today.


October 8-14

Mission Underwindow BookshelfFor the second week, we’ll be giving away our Mission Underwindow Bookshelf. A newer item in our classic best sellers. The Mission Underwindow Bookshelf came out in the early ’90’s. We were developing our first Mission style furniture collection at the time, and felt a basic stand that would fit under-the-window would solve a difficult place to find furniture in. It’s been used for plants as well as a bookshelf and storage. With an adjustable shelf, it added a “multi-function” to the piece.

A Solutions buyer stated that after carrying it for over 20 years in their catalog, that it was her “favorite furniture piece of all time,” and they still offer a version of it today. It went on to L.L. Bean in their own variation, which also continues to sell well today.

The Mission Underwindow Bookshelf has lived through some of the more trying times in American furniture making, yet still holds up as a classic best-seller for filling a need in an unsuspecting place around the home.


October 15-21

Folding Adirondack ChairIn the third week, we’ll be giving away our famous Folding Adirondack Chair.

An excerpt from the story you can read here:

“Cliff’s version of the Adirondack Chair produced in his Manchester Wood facility, was introduced at the Chicago Housewares Trade Show in 1984. Company Reps from L.L.Bean became interested in the new Adirondack Chair. They asked for the design to be made a bit more traditional, with wider arms and seat legs, and a tapered back. “But,” they told Cliff, “Keep the folding idea!”

From this collaboration, L.L.Bean’s Folding Wooden Adirondack Chair was born, debuting in their catalog during the spring of 1985.

Over the years Manchester Wood has become famous for its quality solid wood construction, durability and ease of storage. It remains the perfect finishing touch for beach and lake houses, porches, decks, patios and many other outdoor spaces. Cliff’s company has continued to design and manufacture the wood version of the chairs in the USA exclusively [for many top American retailers around the country].”

October 22-28

Wood TV Tray Table Set of 4For the final week in our #4for40Giveaway series, we’re offering the best-selling item over the first 40 years we’ve been in business: A set of 4 Tray Tables.

We started with a pine set in 1976, called the “Deluxe TV Tray Table Pine Set of 4.” It was far more folksy Americana in its design compared to today; and at the time it was the largest product we produced – size wise.

By the mid-80’s we had introduced a hardwood set as part of our “Snack Table Collection,” which offered up Tray Table sets we made in both pine and oak, for companies like J.C. Penney, Service Merchandise, and Crate & Barrel.

Today, our best-selling version is the Contemporary Folding TV Tray Table Set of 4 (pictured as our giveaway item). It’s made in solid Ash hardwood (and Cherry hardwood!), with a smooth double glide design that facilitates easier folding and storage.

The days of TV trays primarily used as “snack tables” have changed into days of portable work desks, a play table for the kids on the couch, and a life on-the-go.

What products or styles of furniture would you like to see Manchester Wood make in the next 40 years?

By answering this question, whether commenting on this blog, writing it on our Facebook wall, or mentioning it to us on Twitter @manchesterwood, you’ll be entered to win the drawing each week! Good luck! Thank you for your continued business!

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  • Reply Barbara Smith October 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Mission style furniture is always a favorite of mine!

    • Reply Pam Missbach October 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      I am so happy to see your furniture and hope you will always offer your trays, Adirondack chairs and all of your beautiful pieces you make now. Forty years from now my children will love to order from your wonderful pieces and possibly hope chests with the quality you have always had.

      • Reply Pam Missbach October 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        I love your furniture and hope you will always offer the same quality . Thank you

    • Reply Karen L Henderson October 27, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      These tables look awesome! I’ve never seen such nice quality ones. I would also like to see a small coffee table that has built-in storage. TYVVM
      K. Henderson

  • Reply Lesley Pierce October 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I would like to see a Roll Top Desk~

  • Reply Selma M. Dooley October 27, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I would love to see a high back rocker with perhaps some unusual spindles…something that is reminiscent of an antique piece.

  • Reply Jane Emery October 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I would love to see a mud room box with
    seat and shoe holder

  • Reply Lorraine Klaassen October 27, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love your products….classy and timeless. Love the chairs….would love to have them in my yard. My favorite style is industrial farmhouse.

  • Reply Hillary Rogers October 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I would love to see a rolling kitchen island!

  • Reply Leslie Wright October 27, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I would love to have a set of steps that enables my elderly dog to easily climb up onto the bed.

  • Reply Lisa Tramontano October 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

    your Adirondack chairs are awesome. Would love a pair of them in my yard.

  • Reply Ellen Jones October 27, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I would like to see library table with benches for home study

  • Reply Meg Wyeth October 27, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I love the stuff you make now. Maybe add more storage pieces? like a blanket chest?

  • Reply Joyce LeBaron October 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’d love to see a mission style step stool with tall back with a loop or circle cut out. One that could sit in the corner of the kitchen until I needed to reach something from the top shelf. Also, this would be a favorite for little ones to sit on, being near me in the kitchen on their own special seat, but out of the way of getting knocked over.

  • Reply Leslie Roulier October 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I live your furniture and would love to see a small desk with a drawer for files.

  • Reply Karen Baer October 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I would like to see a coffee table that doubles as a storage chest.

  • Reply Charl Campbell October 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I would love to see a wooden step stool that doubles as a seat. The seat top is hinged to use as a step stool and folds down and makes a handy counter seat. LL Bean used to sell them and mine is getting old!

  • Reply Carol October 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I love Shaker style furniture.

  • Reply Rick Groover October 27, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I wood like to see more natural wood and dinningroom furniture.

  • Reply Susan Plumb October 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    The craftsmanship looks beautiful

  • Reply Wendie Howland October 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I’m for a rolling kitchen island, too, especially if you put a butcher-block top on it and a few drawers. Extra credit for slots in the top to serve as a knife block.
    I totally love the rolling side-table/shelf.

  • Reply Aline October 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    What if you don’t have Facebook or Twitter??? You can’t enter??

    • Reply Manchester Wood October 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      You can also enter by writing a comment in our blog, as you just did! 🙂

  • Reply Mpriscilla Rivard October 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I’m with Leslie Pierce on this one.

  • Reply Linda S. October 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I’d like to see a round drop leaf table for a small kitchen.

  • Reply C. David Burns October 27, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    21st Century Larkin Furniture

  • Reply Joyce Bogoian October 27, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I’d like to see more of the same.

  • Reply Laurie October 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    A small curio cabinet

  • Reply Lucinda October 27, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I would love to see a selection of smaller occasional/side tables.

  • Reply Betsy October 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I would appreciate an all wood toy chest with divided sections. A lift up top drawer for smaller items would be perfect. I think that this would then do duty as a coffee table! ????

  • Reply David Gearhart October 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Furniture of this quality is hard to find anymore and this quality and style makes America what it is. A standard to live by!

  • Reply Patty Longo October 27, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I would like to see an old fashioned coat tree that would showcase your beautiful pieces of wood as well as some handsome brass or copper hardware (hooks, etc.)

  • Reply Helen Gettelman October 27, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Your furniture is lovely to look at! I’ve never seen it in “real life”. How about a low stool to facilitate climbing into a bed that sits high off the floor? I’ll buy one!

  • Reply Irene Curtin October 27, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Your furniture is timeless, especially the folding Adirondack Chair and mission style furniture.

  • Reply Bill Crowley October 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Mission style magazine holder.

  • Reply Barbar October 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I love your furniture. I would be happy winning any piece you are giving away.

  • Reply Bob Marconi October 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm


    The tray tables: Do they have a way ‘locking’ them open? I purchased a set a number of years ago which have a sort of
    latch which keeps them from closing when moving the tray with something on it.

    Saved my bacon a number of times over the years!

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  • Reply Kathy Plante October 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    How about an umbrella/cane stand with coat and hat hooks.

  • Reply MaryLou Dyer October 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I would love to see a Deacon’s Bench–perhaps Shaker style.

    MaryLou Dyer
    October 27

  • Reply joy October 27, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Would love a bench with storage baskets for the mudroom.

  • Reply Jennifer Goodman October 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I’d love to see an adjustable height “C” table so I could use my laptop comfortably while sitting on my couch.

  • Reply Geraldine Elliott October 27, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I enjoy the simplicity of both Mission and Shaker style furniture.

  • Reply Deborah Brooks October 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    All of the products are beautiful, and I just know if you would make TEA CARTS, they would look gorgeous! Tea is becoming more and more popular, and I have had a hard time finding tea trays which are in great condition and affordable.

  • Reply Sherry October 31, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Sturdy, robust nesting tables.

  • Reply Joyce LeBaron October 27, 2016 at 11:40 am

    How about a TARDIS?

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