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Ikea gets into the resale game

Aug 30, 2021
The furniture giant is piloting a program in the U.S. aimed at keeping its furniture in circulation rather than in the landfill.
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Trade war tariffs now truly part of the furniture

Nov 15, 2019
To get around tariffs, some furniture stores have changed where their furniture is made.
A family shops at an Ikea in New Jersey.
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The (almost) secret workshops below Capitol Hill

Jan 9, 2019
The arrival of a new Congress sets off a flurry of activity on — and under — Capitol Hill.
To restore century-old "Turkish" chairs like this one, Mike Dean will use the original plans and actual horsehair for the stuffing.
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My Economy: Leaving the big city life behind

May 8, 2018
One former journalist left the newsroom for the family business. The reason? A lower cost of living.
Matt Schewel traded a job in Washington, D.C., interviewing senators and congressman for work in the family furniture business. 
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How do you define the American dream? Ikea wants to know

Sep 21, 2016
Can a company built on selling stuff help Americans achieve sustainable, happy lives?
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Why are there so many mattress stores?

May 2, 2016
It's not your imagination. Mattress stores are popping up everywhere.
A recently opened Mattress Firm in Chicago's South Loop. After a wave of acquisitions, Mattress Firm now has 3,500 stores in 48 states and controls one-third of the market.
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Reclaiming wood from an unexpected place

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Mar 30, 2016
Iconic symbols of the New York City skyline are being given new life.
The organization Tri-Lox sources wood from water tanks.
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Delivery companies add white gloves and extra fees

Dec 22, 2015
The in-home delivery market is now a $13 billion-a-year business.

Missing from the mattress store: Salespeople

Jan 22, 2015
One Wisconsin retailer is experimenting with zero employees on showroom floor.

Your cherished antique may not be very valuable

Feb 27, 2014
Antique American furniture has lost its appeal, and prices for anything not the best have plunged