About Kraus Farm

Stevie at Blythewood Estate, Bard College

Stevie at Blythewood Estate, Bard College

Jonah in Hoi An, Vietnam

Jonah in Hoi An, Vietnam

Oh, hi there. I'm Steve, Jonah's dog. He asked me to tell you a bit about the business because, you know, he's modest and doesn't want to toot his own horn. So, let me tell you this: if you're looking to buy or rent antique and vintage items for your home, event, or photo shoot, this guy's alright. He's been working with designers, event planners and restaurant and home owners for years and he always delivers. I know because he usually brings me along. I've been to all kinds of snazzy joints with him. One time, we brought 450 chairs up to Bar Harbor, Maine for a wedding and we got to eat lobster for a week. And the clients are always happy with his goods because he tells it like it is and they know what they're getting. In over a decade of picking and flipping, he hasn't had a single item returned or an unsatisfied customer. Jonah took over the business in 2004 from his father, John Kraus, aka Gentleman John to those in the fashion industry. John was a famous clothing designer in the '70s before retiring to the Catskills and opening Artisans Gallery Antiques, now Kraus Farm. Jonah learned a lot about design and aesthetic sensibilities from his father and from his earlier careers as a web designer and later as a gardener. If you'd like to know more about what we do, give us a call or send an email and Jonah will get back to you because, well, I don't work the phone. That's his job.


Hi, my name is Jonah and I am in love with folding chairs. That's right... I have a deeply romantic relationship with these 60+ year-old wooden chairs and I think you will too! That's because they are each very special and unique and I have spent a lot of time restoring them and giving them the love they deserve. They were originally made by the Palmer Snyder company out of Pennsylvania and were once ubiquitous in the wedding and event industry. But, as cheaper options became available, most rental companies phased them out or even sent them off to the dump (Noooo!) in favor of bland and boring plastic or resin chairs. When you rent my chairs for your event, you're not only getting a comfy and stylish place to park your rear. You're making a subtle yet profound statement about what's important to you. These chairs are made from Maple and Oak, two of my favorite woods. Maple is known for it's beautiful, buttery-smooth texture and the grand Oak, in contrast, has some of the deepest, most pronounced grain of all woods. Both species are local to the North-East and were logged and sourced here for years, helping to build the homes and furniture of the pre and post-industrial age. But tell me, where can you find anything made to this standard today? It is simply not possible. That's why it's so important to me to preserve these chairs and share them with younger generations so that they understand the value of the resources that surround us, and that we cannot take them for granted. In today's world of disposable furniture and short-lived conveniences, we all need to be reminded that quality materials and craftsmanship, like love and friendship, are values that will always endure. [Que music: "I see your true colors shining through. I see your true colors and that's why I love you!"]    [sniffle, sniffle]