By Carol Wurschmidt
Next to the dictionary’s definition of togetherness there is a picture of Charles and Helen Rayfield.
They have been married for 32 years and in business together since 1988. Rayfield’s Furniture started modestly. The couple purchased used furniture and refurbished them, along with a variety of other items including clothing.
At that time, Charles was in the auto body business, but assisted Helen with her business. In turn, she assisted him as needed in his auto shop.
They both enjoyed the business Helen began and decided to expand it further with new furniture.
The furniture chosen to retail in many ways reflect the Rayfields and their dedication to Sevier County and the surrounding area. They elected to sell all-wood furniture produced in America and when possible by craftsmen that live within a reasonable distance from their store.
“Over the years, we tried furniture made outside the United States including those with veneers, but we went back to what we believed in which is all-wood furniture,” said Charles. “Using local craftsmen provides flexibility for us and our customers since if they want an item made to fit a certain space or need we can get that for them.”
Both Rayfields take pride in providing what their customers want and need whether it is an all-wood or an upholstered piece.
They have been in their current location at 13015 Chapman Highway since 1992 with one exception when the building and its contents burned down.
“The owner rebuilt it and called to ask us back,” Helen said, “We couldn’t turn her down. So, we came back and started again.
“Like any business, we have our ups and downs, but it has kept us busy since we are open seven days a week. We have customers who are only available to come by on Sundays so we are here for them.”
Their four-year-old chihuahua, Rambo, comes to work with them daily and has his own place of honor in the office. He watches everyone who comes in and all the activity while providing a lot of companionship for Charles and Helen.
Residents of Seymour, the Rayfields have two children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild to keep them busy during their off time.
By Carol Wurschmidt