10 Common Questions When Buying Heirloom Furniture

Considering buying your first piece of heirloom furniture from Gish’s? We’re here to match your style with our quality. Here are some common questions our customers have. Want to know something we didn’t answer below? There are lots of ways to get in touch with us. We’re happy to help.

1. How long will it take for my furniture to arrive after it’s ordered? 

All of our furniture is made to order.  On average, your furniture will arrive within 8 to 12 weeks. This may seem like a long time, but remember, good things take time. This furniture will last a lifetime and will most likely be passed down from generation to generation.

2. Is your furniture really made by the Amish?

Yes it is. All of our furniture is made by the Amish in Wayne and Holmes county, Ohio.  This area of Ohio contains some of the best Amish woodworkers in the country.  We maintain relationships with over 60 Amish craftsman who produce furniture for Gish’s.

3. What wood can I order my furniture in?

Traditionally, Gish’s offers five types of wood for your furniture: cherry, rustic cherry, oak, quarter-sawn white oak, and brown maple. Each wood has its own unique characteristics that make each piece special. A common misconception is that wood type determines the color of your furniture; this is not true. Color is determined more by the stain you select rather than the wood type. If you are after a classic formal look, cherry wood with a rich cherry stain would suite you well.  If you’re looking for an arts-and-crafts feel, quarter-sawn white oak with a Michaels or Asbury stain is preferred.  Whatever your style, we will create at Gish’s.

4. Can I use a custom wood or custom design?

Yes. If you prefer to have your piece made in a wood we do not traditionally use, such as walnut, hickory, or elm, we are happy to find a craftsman who works with those woods.  If you have a custom design you would like built, we can do that as well.

5. Can you custom-color match?

Yes. If you would like to custom match a color, the best thing to do is bring a sample of your piece into the store. A small drawer front or a chair usually works best. Bring it into the store and one of our design staff will help identify a match.  If we are unable to identify the color in the store, we send the sample piece to the craftsman so they can create an exact color match.

6. How far will you deliver?

We will deliver anywhere in the continental United States.

7. Can I pick my furniture up at the store?

We highly recommend that you allow our expert delivery team to move the furniture into your home.  It is a remarkably small investment to ensure that your furniture arrives in the best condition, is set up properly, and is protected from damage.  However, if you have purchased small items that a single person can carry, you are free to pick it up at the proper store location.

8. If I order, how much do I have to put down?

At Gish’s we typically accept half-down and the rest upon delivery of your furniture.

9. Is all of your furniture displayed on your website?

No. Many of our craftsman do not produce images that we can use for our website. To understand the quality of our construction, wood types, and finish colors, we highly recommend you come into any of our local stores. You’ll learn a lot more about our furniture and your tastes after visiting.

10. What should I use to clean my furniture?

Proper cleaning of your table ensures its beauty and longevity. We recommend simply using a damp cloth to clean your table. Never use a silicone-based polish as this will damage your finish over time.


by Teresa Gish

5 thoughts on “10 Common Questions When Buying Heirloom Furniture

  1. Bennett Fischer says:

    I have always liked the look that wooden furniture gave, and I’ve been wanting to get some to put in my living room for a while now. The problem though, is that I’m not sure how to get good furniture. That being said, I really appreciate you talking about this and letting me know how important it is to look for some with quality wood. I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for this and see what I can find.

  2. April Cook says:

    We are buying new furniture for our home, and I would love to get heirloom furniture. I like that you provide the option to use custom wood. We already have some wood pieces, and I would like the rest of the furniture to match it. Does this cost more to do? Thanks for answering all these great questions!

  3. Luke Yancey says:

    You can buy Amish furniture in my hometown too! My parents love it since it is real, custom wood furniture. I wish they had a website like yours!

  4. Priscilla Deatrick says:

    I bought a very dirty piece of walnut furniture made in the 80’s by Broyhill. I really don’t know why I decided to clean it with a little Comet Cleanser in water, then rinsed it, then used olive oil and vinegar and went over it. It created a very perfume smell, what caused that ? Ended up with headache and sinuses bothering me. I feel silly about cleaning it that way. Had to take it to the garage because of the perfume smell. What did I create and how do I get rid of the perfume smell.

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