Adams Furniture: Furniture With A History

Justin, TX, just feels like the perfect backdrop for a place like Adams Furniture. Justin was settled by 70 people in 1848. The plan was to create a Utopian society. Its failure was official one year later.

Not much came out of Justin for the next 30 years or so. Then came the railroad, and the steam-powered locomotives belched new life into the area. A post office was granted in 1887, and the little-town-that-could became an established shipping and salvage location.

Adams Furniture first appeared in 1929 as Adams Cash Store, more of a general mercantile than anything else. The shelves were stocked with shoes, hardware, guns, hunting and fishing equipment, and anything else a family living in North Texas might need.

The present, sprawling store was built in 1938 and, today, it’s stuffed to the rafters with a broad selection of quality, American-made furniture.

Owner Jim Smith was 16 when he started working at the store in 1969. “I became a small percentage partner in 1979 and bought out the previous owners in 1982,” he explained.

Adams’ market is within a 15-mile radius of Justin, tapping into a 200,000 population. Most customers come from word-of-mouth marketing.

Adams takes deep-seated pride in having 85 to 90-percent American-made inventory. According to Smith, this is based on four primary reasons. First, it helps the American economy and American craftsmen. Second, it offers superior quality. Third, the lack of dangerous chemicals makes it family safe. Fourth, there are many more options to avoid cookie-cutter designs.

No furniture is sold online because pictures can be deceiving. Neither are prices posted online because of the broad choice of options.

Adams stays current in styles by traveling to markets in North Carolina and Las Vegas. “We also have reps come to the store and show what they have available,” Jim said.

When you think about it, that’s impressive for a town that failed after just one year!

940.648.3145 • • 417 FM 156 • Justin, TX 76247

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