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#BuyersGuide: How to Buy Furniture on a Budget

 

We’ve all been there! You have a new home and have no furniture to fill it! How do you stomach purchasing a new home AND new furniture? Don’t worry, we are here to help! There are ways to shop without feeling overwhelmed and to leave with your wallet still in tact. Here are a few tips we have come up with:

1. Choose quality over quantity. You may be tempted to buy cheap so you can furnish all at once, but you must think about the future. Cheap furniture is a short term solution and will only last a few years before you purchase again. It is more economical to save and buy one thing at a time and invest in quality, so you won’t have to purchase again. Don’t worry about furnishing your whole space at once! Be patient. Don’t rush. You will thank yourself later!

2. Take advantage of special financing with approved credit, but don’t skimp on the down payment! Putting more than the minimum amount required will minimize your monthly payment and increase your chances of paying off early. Save and pay in full if you can! Remember, don’t rush!

3. Hunt your space. Using pieces you already have and mixing in a few new items will result in a space that has more personality. You may hate that table in your foyer now, but with a new coat of paint, lamps, and a few accessories, it could take on a new life! We have found that mixing in pieces you already own prevents your space from becoming overly “matchy” and also saves money!

4. Buy timeless, not trendy. When you are deciding on a piece of furniture, think about whether or not it will be “in style” a year from now. Choosing items that are too trendy will prompt new purchases when they are no longer current. It is also a good idea to purchase multifunctional items that can move from space to space and serve different purposes.

We hope these tips help you on your furniture buying journey! Have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook!

#DesignDilemma: How to Create a Functional Outdoor Space

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we decided to come up with some ideas to make your outdoor space as functional as possible for your celebration. Despite the heat, it is always fun to grill a few hamburgers, take a swim, and watch fireworks at the end of the day.

So, how do you make sure your guests are comfortable, while maximizing your backyard potential?

Have an outdoor dining area. This may seem like a no brainer, but people love to sit across from one another while having a place to graze and chat. Here are a few options available at Turners:

To add an instant ambiance, go with this fire pit table that has a mini flame that will light up your area while enjoying those freshly grilled hamburgers outside. Shelves behind a cabinet provide extra storage (perfect for hiding the extra chips!).

Or you can stick with a classic outdoor dining table and chairs that make for a comfortable pit stop after a dip in the pool.

Create a conversation area with four comfortable chairs around a fire pit. It’s never too hot for some smores, right?

Imagine your July 4th party with a stocked cooler! This solid wood cooler is the perfect addition to any backyard shindig.

We hope this gave you some ideas on how to make the best outdoor space possible! All of these items are available at Turner’s Fine Furniture!

Let us know if you have any Design Dilemmas you would like to conquer! You can leave a suggestion in the comment section below or let us know on our Facebook!

 

#DesignDilemma: Dress Up Your Boring Neutral Sofa

If you have been furniture shopping lately, you may have noticed that 90% of the market consists of beige or white sofas. At first glance, they can seem… well… BORING. That’s okay! We believe that a neutral sofa is the gateway to functional decorating, being the chameleon that it is. Keeping your large pieces neutral gives you the design freedom to use any decorative item your heart desires, but you may need some help! This is why we are here. Here are a few tips we have come up with:

 

1.  Add colorful decorative pillows to contrast your sofa. Choose a pillow you love and go from there! Any color, pattern, or style will work. Use these pillows as the inspiration for the surrounding area.

2. Find a textured throw blanket that adds dimension to your drab sofa. A throw helps add visual interest and a sense of coziness you are sure to love.

3.  Fun artwork can attract the eye and take the attention away from your sofa. In this case, the artwork accents the pillows perfectly to create a balance of color.

4. Who said a lamp can’t be fun? Don’t be afraid to bring in color here!

5. Last, but not least, the rug. A rug should visually ground the sofa, add color interest, and have a contrasting texture.

Follow these steps and you are on your way to a full makeover!

All of these items are available to order at your local Turner’s Fine Furniture location. As always, our designers are here to help make your interior design goals a reality.

Have any questions? Let us know on our Facebook!

 

 

#BuyersGuide: Quality Wood Furniture Characteristics

As we have gone over in previous posts, buying furniture is scary. How do you know if the pieces you are considering are worth the price? Sometimes, it is hard to tell! In our buyers guide series, we hope to eliminate some of that fear and help you decide which pieces are worth investing in.

In this week’s post, we are covering wood products, such as dressers, chests, and nightstands. There are simple ways to tell if the piece you are buying is worth that pricey tag.

1. It all starts with the wood. A high quality piece will be made of a solid hardwood. This wood will then be kiln dried to release any moisture that will cause the wood from expanding or contracting over time. Unfortunately, solid wood is rare to find so your next contender should be an engineered wood with solid wood veneer. An engineered wood should not be dismissed because of its overall strength and durability.

2.Pay attention to the drawers. In a high quality drawer, you will find the following:

       a. A smooth, even dovetail joint is the most visible joint technique that showcases quality. This type of joint is noted for its tensile strength and once glued together, requires no mechanical fasteners.

 

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       b. Corner blocks underneath the drawers. If you take a peek under the drawer, you will notice a small block in the corners. This adds extra strength and stability by enforcing joints.

Dust panels. A high quality wood chest should have thin pieces of wood in-between the drawers. This adds extra strength, keeps dust off of your clothes, and allows the drawers to glide properly.

Glides. Whether your furniture has a mechanical glide or a wood glide, you want to make sure the drawers glide smoothly, close flush, and have stoppers so they don’t fall out.

Back panels. If you look on the back of your piece, notice how the back panel is attached. You want to look for a sanded smooth and well-fitted engineered wood that has been screwed in, not stapled.

Here is an example of a few more quality characteristics seen in Kincaid Furniture, available to order at Turner’s Fine Furniture:

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As always, if you are unsure about your purchase, any of Turner’s designers would be happy to explain the quality difference and go over these steps with you.

If you have any other concerns about the buying process, let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

#DesignDilemma: Mixing Old and New

It is a common misconception that you should toss all of your old furniture and accessories to make room for all of your new pieces. We are asking you RIGHT NOW to STOP thinking that way and embrace the old pieces you have grown to love!

The fastest way to have a boring design is to stick with a specific style or time period.  A well design space showcases its owner’s personality and embraces pieces that spark conversation. Do you have an antique chest that has been passed down from generation to generation? KEEP IT! It will contrast your new furniture and add texture, history, and personality. Gone are the days that we have to stick with one time period (i.e. Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Shaker).

This innovative design concept is called Eclectic. Eclectic literally means, “deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.” Here are some examples of eclectic spaces that have a perfect balance of old and new, and embrace it’s owners history and personal style.

1. Interior Designer Mariette Gomez’s home.

Using a crisp white paint on the walls lends itself to the perfect canvas to house your collection of art and “off” pieces. As shown in this image, Mariette mixes her traditional  antiques with fun and contemporary items that she has curated over the years. She stays away from trendy fabrics or styles and keeps items that truly make her happy.

2.  A spanish home that embraces old and new. 

This space, again, keeps a simple white wall to showcase the eclectic mix of artwork and accessories with traditional lounges to keep it classic.

3. Orlando Soria’s dining room.

This space mixes a danish style chair, transitional rug, traditional art, midcentury table, and contemporary pendant lamps to create a space that is truly unique. Chairs and rug available to order at Turner’s Fine Furniture!

Our best advice when it comes to mixing old and new pieces, would be to hunt your space, keep what you love, and be fearless in your decisions. If it reflects your personality, it will be beautiful! Trying hard to fit a trendy style that you don’t necessarily love will end up feeling disconnected and impersonal.

We hope this advice will help you with your next #DesignDelimma! Contact us below or on our Facebook if you have your own problem to solve. We would love to hear from you!

#DesignDilemma: Pattern Mixing 101

It’s easy to get in a design rut when it comes to choosing fabrics for your space. Is everything looking kind of “blah” and too “matchy”? You’re not alone! Today we would like to show you an easy formula to pattern mix in the same room, or even on the same sofa!

The most effective pattern mixing we have seen requires you to be FEARLESS when choosing fabrics. If you are thinking too hard about it, stop right now! Let your choices be effortless and organic. In a pinch, think back to the following formula:

ORGANIC + GEOMETRIC + SMALL SCALE

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Here, you are seeing the simplest way to follow the formula. Choose a multicolored fabric that speaks to you, then pull your correlates out! Your geometric and small scale patterns should always accent the main fabric. These are meant to be used in addition to the solid fabric that you are using around the room.

Here are some more examples:

Images from Wesley Hall- Available to order at Turner's!

 

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All of these fabrics are available from Wesley Hall at Turner’s ! Still not confident enough to choose your own patterns? Any of our designers would be happy to help you make the best decision for your space!

Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook what #DesignDilemma we should conquer next!

#DesignDilemma: What size rug do I need?

There are plenty of reasons to consider placing a rug in your space. They provide comfort, warmth, contrast, and can be color inspiration for your entire design. However, the most commonly asked question still stands: What size rug do I need? The answer depends on the type and size of your room, furniture placement, and sometimes style inspiration.

1. Living Room 

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In large living rooms with floating furniture, it is best to find a rug big enough for all of your pieces to sit completely on with 6-10″ of extra space on all sides. This helps center and ground the room, creating a focal point and adding softness. This also helps bring the furniture together and helps your space not look so scattered. Standard rugs for large living rooms are 9’x12′ and 11’x14′. 

 

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In smaller living rooms, rugs are best placed at least half-way underneath your furniture. Have a small rug under the coffee table? Add a large sisal, jute, or seagrass rug underneath it to add dimension and texture. Standard sizes for this type of space are 6’x9′ or 8’x10′.

2. Dining Rooms

 

In dining rooms, there are several factors to consider before you buy a rug:

1. When measuring your table, add 24″ on each side and let that be the minimum requirement for rug dimensions. You want your guests to be able to pull out their chair comfortably without getting caught

2. Choose a low pile or flat weave rug, so chairs glide easily.

3. Mimic your rug shape to your table shape. Rectangular rugs look best underneath rectangular and oval tables, round rugs look best with round tables, and square rugs look best under square tables. Be careful though! Also consider the size and shape of your room before you make this decision.

3. Bedrooms 
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For bedrooms, place your rug underneath the bottom two-thirds of your bed. You want to make sure you have enough room on each side of the bed to cushion your feet when you get up in the morning! You can also layer your rugs, like shown in the photo above.

 

Find your rug at Turner’s Fine Furniture and our design team will help you make the best decision for your space.   

 

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Paula Deen’s Cottage

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On Saturday, June 27th, Merry Acres Inn in Albany, Georgia unveiled their newly renovated “Rock House.” Now named Paula Deen’s Cottage, this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house features furniture from Turner’s Paula Deen Collection and was decorated by Bob Sleep from Turner’s Fine Furniture in Albany. Paula was on hand for the ribbon cutting and grand reveal. She was very pleased with the decor and said she can’t wait for guests to stay in the new cottage!

As you enter the living room in Paula Deen’s Cottage, featured is a traditional skirted loveseat with coordinating high back chairs from the Paula Deen Home Collection. Also included is a pair of small, skirted ottomans that function as extra seating.

The Paula Deen Down Home Collection is used in the bedrooms in a variety of dark, light and painted finishes. The collection captures the essence of comfortable and casual, and the natural character of poplar makes each of the pieces unique. The two bedrooms feature king beds and an upholstered swivel arm chair perfect for viewing the TV from any angle. Also in one bedroom is writing desk and chair.

In addition to the large furniture pieces, various side tables and chests from the Paula Deen Home Collection are used. Autographed restaurant menus, Paula Deen dishes and original Paula Deen watercolor artwork complete the space and add the finishing touches of Southern charm that make the cottage feel like a home away from home.

 About the Paula Deen Collection: The Paula Deen Collection is designed in collaboration with Paula Deen to bring a classic, down-to-earth style into your home. This collection offers affordable, high quality, multi-functional pieces that can be mixed and matched to fit the way your family lives. The complete Paula Deen Collection can be found locally at Turner’s Fine Furniture, which is an exclusive retailer of the Paula Deen furniture line. There are four separate collections within the Paula Deen furniture line – Home, Down Home, River House, and the brand new Dogwood collection, which is scheduled to arrive on Turner’s showroom floors by Labor Day.  All of the Paula Deen Home Collections can be found at Turner’s Fine Furniture and are available in multiple finishes including dark, light and painted pieces.

For media coverage from the Paula Deen’s Cottage ribbon cutting event, click the following links:

http://www.walb.com/clip/11636668/paula-deen-stops-in-albany-to-open-her-new-cottage.

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2015/jun/27/albany-rock-house-cottage-renamed-for-celebrity/

Exterior of Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn in Albany, Georgia.

Exterior of Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn in Albany, Georgia.

Living Room in Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Living Room in Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

View into the Kitchen in Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

View into the Kitchen in Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Another view of the kitchen in Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Another view of the kitchen in Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Bedroom in Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Bedroom in Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Second Bedroom in Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Second Bedroom in Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Autographed restaurant menus and original Paula Deen watercolor artwork.

Autographed restaurant menus and original Paula Deen watercolor artwork.

The cottage is also complete with dishes from Paula Deen's line.

The cottage is also complete with dishes from Paula Deen’s line.

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Want to whip up a yummy Paula Deen recipe during your stay at the cottage? Check out one of her cookbooks!

Want to whip up a yummy Paula Deen recipe during your stay at the cottage? Check out one of her cookbooks!

Bob Sleep, designer with Turner's Fine Furniture Albany, showing Aunt Peggy around the cottage.

Bob Sleep, designer with Turner’s Fine Furniture Albany, showing Aunt Peggy around the cottage.

Paula Deen at the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Paula Deen Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Paula Deen at the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Paula Deen Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Cast Iron Skillet adorning the exterior and welcoming guests to Paula Deen's Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

Cast Iron Skillet adorning the exterior and welcoming guests to Paula Deen’s Cottage at Merry Acres Inn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$100,000 Anniversary Giveaway March Winners

Pictured L to R: Mr. & Mrs. Gillean, $5000 Winners, along with Easter Seals Southern Georgia Representative, Tim Ortmeyer (Turner's Budget Furniture manager), and Austin Turner.

The results are in!  Congratulations to Patricia Gillean, the March winner of a $5,000 Turner Furniture gift certificate. She registered to win at Turner’s Budget Furniture in Valdosta. She wanted the $5,000 matching donation from Turner’s to go to a charity that helps people with Autism, so she selected Easter Seals Southern Georgia.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. If you didn’t win in March, please come back in to one of our stores and register for the April drawing. Remember, each month is a new drawing, and we’ll be giving away $10,000 in free furniture and $10,000 cash to qualified local charities. For additional information about the giveaway, click here.

Below is the list of winners from Turner Furniture’s March anniversary drawing (listed in order they were drawn).

Winning Amount

Winner’s Name

Location Registered

Chosen Charity

$5,000 Patricia Gillean Valdosta – Turner’s Budget Furniture Easter Seals Southern Georgia
$1,000 Tiffany Bradford Tallahassee- Turner’s Budget Furniture Big Bend Hospice
$500 Hubert Powell Tifton- Turner’s Fine Furniture Children’s Miracle Network @ Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
$500 Mitch Schalk Thomasville – Turner’s Budget Furniture Lives Without Limits
$250 Bill Weller Albany – Turner’s Fine Furniture First Baptist Church Albany/Boy Scout Troup 1
$250 Kelsey Grondzick Tallahassee – Turner’s Budget Furniture Muscular Dystrophy Association
$250 Belinda Mullis Albany – Turner’s Budget Furniture Albany Humane Society
$250 Beverlyn Murphy Albany – Turner’s Fine Furniture Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia
$100 Carla Laffoon Valdosta – Turner’s Fine Furniture American Cancer Society
$100 Sara Byrum Albany – Turner’s Budget Furniture Young Life Albany
$100 Julie Swain Albany – Turner’s Budget Furniture American Red Cross Southwest Georgia Chapter
$100 Hazel Stephens Thomasville – Turner’s Budget Furniture American Cancer Society
$100 Leslie Young Tifton – Turner’s Budget Furniture American Heart Association (Georgia Chapter)
$100 Christina Conway Moultrie – Turner’s Budget Furniture Hope House Pregnancy Care Center
$100 Stephanie Hennigan Albany – Turner’s Fine Furniture Theatre Albany
$100 Larry Griffin Tifton – Turner’s Fine Furniture Brother Charlie Rescue Center
$100 Clay Walker Moultrie – Turner’s Budget Furniture Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Georgia Chapter)
$100 Marie Miller Thomasville – Turner’s Budget Furniture American Red Cross South Georgia
$100 Linda Schark Tallahassee – Turner’s Budget Furniture Salvation Army of Tallahassee
$100 John Hale Thomasville – Turner’s Fine Furniture The Tallahassee Leon Homeless Shelter
$100 Roger Jones Thomasville – Turner’s Fine Furniture Thomasville Humane Society
$100 Carol Foster Thomasville – Turner’s Fine Furniture America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend
$100 Katie Evans Tifton – Turner’s Budget Furniture Douglas-Coffee Humane Society
$100 Chris Raulerson Valdosta – Turner’s Budget Furniture American Red Cross South Georgia
$100 Leany Irwin Tifton – Turner’s Fine Furniture TBD
$100 Fred Wright Valdosta – Turner’s Fine Furniture American Red Cross South Georgia
$100 Eva Holt Valdosta – Turner’s Fine Furniture Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta (Waller Unit)
$100 Penny Thomas Valdosta – Turner’s Budget Furniture Young Life Valdosta-Lowndes County

 

Austin Turner and Fortson Turner with $1,000 winners.

Austin Turner and Fortson Turner with $1,000 winners.

Fortson Turner and Austin Turner with $1,000 charity recipient Big Bend Hospice.

Fortson Turner and Austin Turner with $1,000 charity recipient Big Bend Hospice.

Austin Turner and Fortson Turner with $500 winner and $500 charity recipient Lives Without Limits

Austin Turner and Fortson Turner with $500 winner and $500 charity recipient Lives Without Limits

 

 

 

 

Turner Furniture Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

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Turner Furniture started out as a hardware store in Pelham, Georgia in 1915. It began with M.W. Turner, Sr. and a business partner not related to the Turner family. However, in 1929 the partnership was dissolved and M.W. Turner and his son M.W. Turner, Jr. opened a new hardware store across the street as competitors. It was during World War II that Turner’s began selling furniture.

In 1940, Turner’s opened a second location in Cairo which later moved to Bainbridge. By 1959, Turner’s expanded to Downtown Tifton. Shortly after, M.W. Turner, III (Wright Turner) joined the company as manager of the Tifton location, and his brother Scott went to Pelham. In 1971, Turner’s made a permanent stake in Tifton by purchasing its location on 2nd Street.

Just five short years later, Turner’s Fine Furniture was built in Valdosta. In 1988, Fortson Turner continued the legacy by becoming the fourth generation to enter the family business.  Austin Turner, also fourth generation, joined the company in Valdosta in 1990.

Prior to 1990, Turner’s operated as Turner’s Fine Furniture offering top quality furniture at the lowest possible price. And even though we had the best prices on name brand furniture, the word “fine” in our name occasionally led to the perception of being the most expensive.

In order to broaden our market and appeal to more people, we decided to open a store with a different format. This store would be a bare-bones, no frills operation with lower priced furniture from different manufacturers than found in Turner’s Fine Furniture. So in 1991, the first Turner’s Budget Furniture opened in Valdosta. The success of this store’s format led Turner’s to open Turner’s Budget Furniture locations in Tifton in 1996, Albany in 1999, Moultrie in 2000, Beachton in 2010 and Tallahassee in 2014.

Turner’s first came onto the scene in Albany in 1993 with Turner’s Fine Furniture on Slappey Boulevard. Austin Turner began managing the Albany location in 1994.

In 1998, Wright Turner decided it was time for his sons to take the reins. So, the fourth generation of ownership went to Fortson, Austin and Scott Turner. In 2006, Scott decided to pursue a career in real estate. Fortson and Austin retained ownership and are the faces you see on all Turner’s commercials today.

The current Turner’s Fine Furniture and warehouse on Highway 82 in Leesburg was built in 2001. In 2003, the 60,000 square foot Distribution Center was built in Tifton to handle all delivery and warehouse operations.

A major honor for the company came in 2009 when Turner’s was selected by Georgia Trend as Family Owned Business of the Year.

Year after year, Turner Furniture remained strong and stable due to the support from each market we served. In 2010, it was time for Turner’s to grow and expand once again. So, Turner’s Fine Furniture and Turner’s Budget Furniture locations were built side by side in Beachton in order to serve South Georgia and North Florida. Upon receiving much support from the Tallahassee community, Turner’s expanded again in 2014 with the opening of Turner’s Budget Furniture on Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee.

Reflecting on 100 years in business, the Turner family is proud we’ve upheld the same values that the company was founded upon in 1915. Our reputation of offering the best quality furniture at the best price still stands today. We have also continued to carry on the tradition of offering exceptional customer service throughout all ten locations.

“Our great-grandfather would be very proud of the way Turner’s operates today,” said Fortson Turner. “We are grateful to our loyal customers and communities for allowing us to grow and expand for the past 100 years. Without you, we would not be where we are today.”

To celebrate our 100 year anniversary, Turner’s is giving away $100,000 in free furniture and donating $100,000 to qualified local charities this year.

“We are excited about this milestone anniversary, and we are looking forward to giving back to the community with the $100,000 free furniture giveaway and the $100,000 donation to local charities,” said Austin Turner.

Monthly drawings will be held now through December 2015 with 28 individual winners each month. The winners will be given the opportunity to designate a local charity to receive a matching donation from Turner’s. Each month, $10,000 in free furniture will be given away to individuals and $10,000 in cash will be donated to local charities. To register to win, visit any Turner’s Furniture location. For more information, visit your nearest Turner’s Furniture or click here.

Turner’s currently operates ten locations. Turner’s Fine Furniture is located Albany, Tifton, Valdosta and in between Tallahassee and Thomasville. Turner’s Budget Furniture locations serve Albany, Tifton, Valdosta, Moultrie, Thomasville and Tallahassee.

Fortson Turner, 4th generation and current owner cutting ribbon at the grand opening of Turner’s Fine Furniture in Valdosta in 1976. Pictured L to R: Austin Turner (4th generation owner), Wright Turner (3rd generation), Scott R. Turner (3rd generation), Betsy Turner, Peggy Turner, Eunice Turner, M.W. Turner (2nd generation), Scott B. Turner (4th generation).

Fortson Turner, 4th generation and current owner cutting ribbon at the grand opening of Turner’s Fine Furniture in Valdosta in 1976. Pictured L to R: Austin Turner (4th generation owner), Wright Turner (3rd generation), Scott R. Turner (3rd generation), Betsy Turner, Peggy Turner, Eunice Turner, M.W. Turner (2nd generation), Scott B. Turner (4th generation).

Turner's Fine Furniture -Tifton Showroom in 1959

Turner’s Fine Furniture -Tifton Showroom in 1959