Broyhill Flexsteel Fitterer's has been providing Quality Furniture in Ellensburg Washington since 1896! A name you can trust, and an experience unlike any other. Come in for yourself and see why shopping at Fitterer's is more than just a trip to the furniture store! For more information, photos of the newest merchandise to hit the floor and more, follow us on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/fitterersfurniture/?ref=bookmarks https://www.pinterest.com/fitterers/pins/ https://twitter.com/Fitterers also be sure to check out our blog at : https://fitterersfurniture.com/blogs/ We carry a range of high quality brands including : Broyhill Flexsteel

For more than a century, we at Fitterer's Furniture have taken care of our customers by serving their interests and remaining true to ourselves. Whether you are an employee, customer, friend, or community member, you can rest assured that we will do the best possible job of taking care of your needs and remaining true to our core values.

This is as true today as it was 20 years ago, 40 years ago, and even 100 years ago. Fitterer's was founded upon a belief that we are here to serve you. We take a more holistic approach to business where the customer comes first.

Fitterer's store front today

Fitterer's north facing store front.

The store you see today at the corner of 4th and Main in Ellensburg has evolved over the decades to specialize in quality home furnishings, as opposed to the past, where many different household items were sold, everything from floor covering and linoleum to curtains and draperies, and even further back, to more fundamental household goods such as pots and pans.

Fitterer's front window in the 1950s

Fitterer's front window during the 1950s.

When we first opened our doors in 1896, we sold everything from pitchers and bowls, to pots and pans, and knives and forks. The inventory back then was sometimes auctioned salvage from the Northern Pacific Railroad, and we easily could have evolved into a hardware store. Historically, though, we should have been a funeral home, because that's what most furniture stores on the West coast started as. However, Fitterer's evolved a bit differently in that we actually started as a furniture store.

Furniture has always been our primary focus, and with your continued support, we hope it remains that way for another 100 years. To learn more about our rich history, just download our 100th Anniversary booklet originally printed in 1996 for our centennial. It contains lots of interesting information and photographs about the business and about Ellensburg's storied past as well.

Fitterer's delivery truck

Fitterer's delivery truck from early 1900s.

  • Throwback Thursday : A 91 Year Old Newspaper!

    Good Morning!

    You never know what you’re going to stumble across when you head down to the basement for cookie dough! This week’s throwback was an accidental find, and an old one at that!

    Fresh cookies are, of course, a staple at Fitterer’s. We bake them every morning, and enjoy spreading a little joy in the form of sugar to our awesome customers. Last week, while prepping the morning’s treats, we stumbled upon a roll of media memorabilia. The bundle was full of newspapers and miscellaneous prints of varying age, held together by a piece of masking tape marked “1927-1983”.

    We carefully peeled back this old tape, and started going through the stack of papers, some clearly older than others. The roll contained several articles on the Fitterer family, Fitterer’s Furniture and downtown Ellensburg, from assorted publishers.

    An especially old set of pages stood out right away, not due to discoloration or damage, but the advertisements! The name stood out as well, “The Evening Record” was a predecessor to the “Daily Record’ we know today! The year on the paper: 1927.

    The first ad we saw was for Fitterer Brothers Furniture, featuring a Colonial Range for $79.50. We’ve come across a few Fitterer’s ads of this vintage in frames, but never in a true publication, so this was a fun find! Any newspaper approaching 100 years old is rare, especially one in such great condition with such little protection!

    On the back page ( Page 4.) , Yantis Furniture has a competitor ad for various home furnishings, situated above a vintage ad for Camel cigarettes. Cigarette ads are certainly something you see less of these days!

    Each ad in this 91 year old newspaper is truly a fantastic look into the past! The hand drawn artwork done for these antique ads, and even the font type isa beautiful testament to the way things used to be done.

    Enjoy browsing the photos of one of our oldest throwback finds!

  • Throwback: Dollhouse

    Good morning!

    There’s something so special about the nostalgia surrounding old toys. This week, we brought in some vintage doll furniture to feature for our weekly throwback – a doll collection that you may recognize, in fact!

    Suzy Cute in her bedroom set up! The coat hanging from the coat rack is actually a Mattel Ken© doll jacket , circa 1950's/ 60's

     

    We have a mix of old toys, stored carefully in a basement for decades and most have held up brilliantly over the course of their 50+ years!

    In colors of vibrant yellow, pink and green, the collection includes a full bedroom set for a beloved doll by the name of “Suzy Cute”.

    The ‘Suzy Cute’ doll, and her bedroom furniture were made in 1964 in Elizabeth N.J. by Topper Toys. Topper was a popular toy manufacturer in the 1960's , producing a variety of dolls and other toys for children. Topper also went by the brand name “ Deluxe Reading” and had a few other name changes over the years.

    We only have the “Suzy Cute” doll, but after some research, it looks like she had some sisters that went by ‘ Suzy Smart’ and ‘Suzy Homemaker’ as well. You can also check out this reel of old Topper commercials on YouTube!

     

    Pictured Above: Pages from the 'Suzy Cute' booklet that came with the doll's original packaging. 

     

    Our little collection includes Suzy herself, her coat rack, dresser and crib with the original mattress included. The mattress even has a law tag attached, like you’d find on one we’d deliver to your home today! We actually looked up the company listed on this toy tag; though its not real, the address of 121 New Jersey Railroad Ave appears to be home to Vara Contracting Co Inc.

    Pictured Above: The 'Suzy Cute' crib mattress law tag. 

     

    While these fun vintage toys aren’t as old as some of our antiques around the store, they are neat blast from the past! We found a few other odds and ends from other companies in the 60’s and 70’s as well – take a look at some of these fun toys from Storykins! We especially love the mini black and white tv set! 

     

  • Throwback Thursday: Cowboys

    Good Afternoon!

    Between the MLB, college, high school, club and local youth associations, baseball season is in full swing! In keeping with the spirit of the season, this week we are featuring a vintage American Legion baseball uniform. The size small, button down jersey is embroidered across the front with the team’s name, “Cowboys” and “Fitterer Bros” ( the teams’ sponsor) across the back. The #6 jersey is in excellent condition for a vintage piece, and its very heavy.

     Though it’s difficult to say exactly when the top was made, as it was used over several years, there are a few markers that let us know how vintage it truly is.

    One of the first indicators that this jersey was made prior to 1960 is the inside tag. Marked “Russell Southern Co.”, the company branding changed in the 60’s when they became “Russell Athletic”. Another marker is the zipper. The brass ‘Conmatic’ zipper is marked USA 44’.

    If you played for this American Legion team, we’d love to hear from you! Photos are encouraged!There’s no doubt this is an old top, but Brad and Pat Fitterer both wore this uniform in the 60’s when they played for the Cowboys. Cowboy’s players included several prominent names in the Kittitas Valley; they were even coached by Dean Nicholson at one point!

    And just for fun , here’s some early baseball trivia!

    1. Abner Doubleday is said to have invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York around 1835

    2. The first ever women’s baseball team was fielded by Vassar College in 1866.

    3. Under the name of The American Baseball Association, the Beer and Whiskey League was created in 1882.

    4. “ Take me out to the Ball Game “ was written in 1908.

    5. The first baseball game was broadcast over the radio in 1921.

    6. Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run in 1929.

    7. The baseball “Hall of Fame” opens in 1936.

    8. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is created in 1943.

    9. The first World Series was televised in 1947, featuring the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers.

    10.The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers move out west in 1957, becoming the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodges  - California’s first major league teams.
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    Source : http://activecities.com/blog/take-me-out-to-the-ballgame-a-historical-timeline-of-baseball/