Looking for ways to make her antique business more profitable, Joyce Eddy began crafting small, decorative purses from vintage wooden cigar boxes. People in the area loved the uniqueness of her purses and soon bought everything Joyce created. With her success of purses, Joyce diversified her product-line and started building 17th and 18th century American inspired furniture. Habersham Furniture employed local woodworkers to help in producing the one of a kind furniture. This area had been a center for cabinetmaking since the early 1800s, and the master craftsmen were well-schooled in the time-tested woodworking and joinery techniques that matched Joyce’s sense of style and function. Habersham Furniture even designed the factory to work just as the 18th century cabinetmakers did, with individual artisans hand-finishing, signing and dating each piece of furniture they crafted.