Erie Sauder

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Erie Sauder was born In Archbold, Ohio back in 1904 to Daniel and Anne. He attended school only to stop in the eighth grade. He was a cabinet maker by trade however, he worked for the Archbold Ladder Company. In 1934, he opened his own business and of course that is the rest of the story.

He started out making kitchen cabinets and other wood products upon request. An order came in from a local chicken hatchery that needed a specialized stick to insert between incubator cages. The order was enough to feed their family at five dollars per week. A few years later a church burned down, he was given an order for church pews, that lead him to become a leading manufacturer of church furniture.

In 1951, he came up with an idea, that keeps his business thriving to this day. he died in Archbold, Ohio in 1997, at 92.

What you may not know about Erie J. Sauder is that he invented a knock-down table that could be assembled by the average person with minimal skills. He expanded the line to include cocktail tables, end tables, step tables and corner tables. His invention started the ready-to-assemble furniture industry. Until tomorrow keep that smile going, pass it on


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray Erie Sauder lead the way with assembled furniture and now there have been many others who ran with that idea...

Jun 27, 2018 04:02 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

One thing about life is that there's rarely a vacuum... find a need and someone will fill it, just as Erie Sauder did with assembled furniture.

Jun 27, 2018 04:33 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The knockdown is very usable in real estate.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 27, 2018 04:38 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. One that I knew! Wow! Guess I should prepare myself for another slump! Enjoy your day 

Jun 27, 2018 04:50 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I don't know of this furniture but it sounds great. Later.

Jun 27, 2018 06:17 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - so he started the assembled furniture trend.  Certainly very big today.

Jun 27, 2018 06:44 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


He must have inspired IKEA.  Wishing you a wonderful day at your CE class.  A

Jun 27, 2018 07:15 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Now I know about the table and how it got started.  I know lots of Ohio people that are in to kitchen cabinets.

Jun 27, 2018 07:39 AM #8
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Pretty cool, I have never heard this name before, but now I know what a talented man he was!

Jun 27, 2018 09:12 AM #9
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for the clip about Erie Sauder. I never knew the origin of Sauder furniture.

Jun 27, 2018 09:24 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I am always amazed when I read how others invented the various Items that they did!!

Jun 27, 2018 12:44 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was a inportant innovation and we should all thank him for it. I am sure Wayfair thanks him.

Jun 27, 2018 03:45 PM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OMG Ron and Alexandra Seigel  and I were thinking the same thing, now keep in mind I still would need a handyman to assemble the easiest furniture:))Endre

Jun 27, 2018 11:33 PM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

What a great story. Sauder certainly had a huge impact on the ready to assemble furniture industry. I've assembled a healthy share of stuff over the years, and not always willingly. Wonder if this impacted IKEA at all?


Jun 28, 2018 09:21 AM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Got to thinking of Jesus and his father, Joseph - Carpenters from Nazareth.  Wishing you a wonderful day, James.

Jun 29, 2018 08:47 AM #15
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Perhaps the namesake of Sauder Village in Ohio?  There is a famous and very well attended fiber school-mostly rug hooking, held in Sauder Village every August.  It's on my bucket list.  Love your stories.

Jul 02, 2018 03:43 AM #16
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