3D Shed Builder -Reeds Ferry Sheds

Watch the video below and see how easy it is to sit on your couch and order a shed using the Reeds Ferry 3D Shed Design Tool.

PERMUTATIONS: Our 3D Design Tool offers over 70-million shed combinations. That seems impossible, but in math it’s called “the multiple of permutations”. A permutation is a rearrangement of things where each “thing” is used once in combination with every other thing. When you consider the number of styles, sizes, colors, sidings, and all the different options, it equals millions of possible variations. Luckily there’s a formula used to compute the total, otherwise we’d be counting to the year 2042.😉

SECURITY: Have you ever visited a website where you can order their product online, but you don’t order because you’re afraid your credit-card info might end up with a guy name Sergei working in his basement in Belarus? We have too, so we invest in Amazon credit-card services and ensured our transactions take place on a https server verified by a VeriSign security certificate, a service of Symantec. When you order a Reeds Ferry Shed online we treat your information like a government secret. (Whoops! Change that to “better” than a government secret! wink)

SIMPLICITY: We have a confession. You can’t use the 3D Tool to order a shed with every possible custom option. This was intentional. We wanted a tool that made it extremely easy to purchase a shed without confusion and with our most typical configurations, because “typical” is typically what people want. Still, you can customize your selection further when we call and confirm your order by phone, and of course when you visit our showroom we will build the shed version of the Taj Mahal if that’s what you’d like. You might say our showroom is the “total menu” and the online tool is the menu for our drive-thru window.

CONFIRMATION: All orders receive an immediate confirmation email and confirmation number, but when a customer puts $2K or more on a credit-card they require a “personal confirmation”; therefore every online order receives a call within 24 business hours to ensure we have the details correct and to make arrangements for delivery.

Thanks for joining us for “tool talk”, and thank you for considering Reeds Ferry for your shed purchase.

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Reeds Ferry Sheds -1970’s Vintage

Harry Carleton opened Reeds Ferry Sheds for business 56 years ago.  Now 75, Mr. Carleton still man’s the top chair as President of the company. Not only has Harry stood the test of time, so has his earlier work, like this shed he and his crew built back when he was a 35 year-old “rookie” in 1976.

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When customers fill out their warranty we invite them to throw in a few comments about our service. The kind comments circled above came from a “repeat customer” in Hudson NH. They recently upgraded their 40 year-old Reeds Ferry shed that they purchased during the Ford administration. Actually there are many 40 year old Reeds Ferry sheds still in service, and occasionally we bump into ones from our “woodstock” era in the 1960’s. (Note: The reason everyone refers to the 60’s as the “woodstock era” is because back then all our sheds were made of wood. Amazing how it has caught on😉 )

If you think we wrote this little blog solely for the purposes of marketing, you’re right. The point is, a well-cared for high quality Reeds Ferry shed will provide decades of service. We back every shed with a rock-solid warranty and Mr Carleton’s 56 years of experience; and he ain’t no rookie.


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Labor Day Pig Roast – Reeds Ferry Sheds®

Since the first Labor Day holiday in 1894 America has celebrated the contributions workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country. This Labor Day Reeds Ferry Sheds did the same. Friday
we put our business on pause and had a big
pig roast to pay tribute to our staff. The best way to say “Thank you” is with bacon.
(Right: Pig Party Participants Pic)

It wouldn’t be a pig roast without the guest of honor, the pig. (left) Enough ham to feed 70 shed carpenters, along with corn, watermelon, potato salad and steamers. The chef at the pig pit was Reeds Delivery Manager John Miley, (right). Thanks for a great spread John!

Reeds Ferry Sheds Pig Roast

HarryThe gentleman circled left is Harry Carleton, President and owner of Reeds Ferry. Harry and his father opened for business in 1960. Mr Carleton said the secret to surviving 55 years in business is hiring quality people, “I’ve always been fortunate to work with a great team committed to doing the job right. Any success I’ve had is owed to those here today and others along the way.”

Pig Pile was a new event at this year’s roast. Four teams of 15 competed to see who could fit the most people in our Smart Car, (below left). Members of the winning team were awarded with not having to be seen driving the car for a year!  The winning team stuffed 11 people in the car. The record is 16 set by a group of circus clowns from Des Moines Iowa.

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Dunk Tank: The Vice-President of a company is like the Vice-Principal of a high school, generally they’re not well liked. Fortunately we were able to talk our Vice-President into a dunk tank!  (below left.) He was submerged in cold water on throw #142.  142 seems like a lot, but officials ruled the first 137 were aimed at his head and should not count.

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$500 Double-Elimination Cornhole Tournament:
Cornhole is a bean-bag game. It’s like horseshoes, but unlike horseshoes you can play while intoxicated without fear of concussion. Cash money was at stake, so no team was foolish enough to imbibe. 3rd place took home $100, 2nd place $250 and $500 to the winning duo. But because this is 2015 everyone received a trophy and were told they were winners just for participating.

cornholeLabor Day is our chance to stop and appreciate the great work of our staff.  We build quality sheds, but our brand is represented by the men and women wearing Reeds Red.
We thank them sincerely for all they do. Happy Labor Day…

Checkout the pig roast video


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Reeds Ferry Invades England

Reeds Ferry Sheds is now officially represented across the pond. A British customer recently put one of our sheds in a crate and had it shipped to his home at Frinton-on-Sea in Essex County England.  (Fittingly he chose our “American Classic” style.)

Below is a photo of his new Reeds Ferry Shed in his backyard. You can tell it was really taken in England because the sky is dark gray ;)  But also the surrounding architecture gives you a clue it’s Old England rather than New England.  (You just don’t see a lot of multiple angled hip-roofs with mini castle turrets in Peabody Mass.)

Reeds Ferry in England

Reeds Ferry Shed -Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Folks in England absolutely love sheds. Even people who have no room for one-have one. So why would an Englishman need to order a shed from the Colonies? Our customer explained that he liked the look and construction of ours better than the ones available in the motherland. He may have a point.

To be quite frank the sheds found in England tend to be somewhat “shabby chic”. (See below).  Many look like they were built using spare kindling wood. You can almost imagine if a piece of wood falls off a dump truck in England their first thought would be “let’s nail it to the shed”.  This is not an insult!  After all, Reeds Ferry sheds have far less charm because we actually build ours using all the necessary pieces ;)  In fact we may join the Brits and come out with our own “English” style. You’ll be allowed to paint it clashing colours and nail random things to it!  Perhaps here in the States it’s a style that won’t fly, but like our favorite Englishman Winston Churchill once said, “A kite rises highest against the wind -not with it.”   –The Shed Ferry


Small Potting Shed -Grantham England

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Jimmy Fund Teams With Reeds Ferry Sheds

From July 28 through September 7, customers at Burger King and Valvoline Instant Oil Change can help fight pediatric cancer by contributing $1 to the Jimmy Fund through the “Chance for Kids” program. With each $1 contribution customers receive a scratch card guaranteed to be a winner. Grand prizes include a new Reeds Ferry® Storage Shed, an all-inclusive trip from TNT Vacations, free airfare from American Airlines, theme park tickets, and a number of other prizes. Again, EVERY card is a winner; ( at a minimum a free burger at Burger King or a discount on your oil change at Valvoline.)

If you scratch a ticket and see “Reeds Ferry” you’ll win a $5,000 Victorian Cottage Shed from Reeds. We hope you’ll agree that a chance at winning a quality Reeds Ferry Shed while supporting the Jimmy Fund at the same time is a great $1 investment.

Reeds Ferry Sheds -Jimmy Fund

All proceeds from your $1 donation go directly to the Jimmy Fund to benefit pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The scratch cards are available at Burger King restaurants in six New England states and throughout New York and New Jersey, and at participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Now in its 14th year, the Chance for Kids & Families program has raised more than $11.6 million to fund pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The innovative research benefits children diagnosed with cancer in not only in New England, but patients from around the world as well. 

About the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber
The Jimmy Fund (www.JimmyFund.org) solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.  The Jimmy Fund is the official charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children’s Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Follow the Jimmy Fund on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thejimmyfund and on Twitter: @TheJimmyFund.
About Reeds Ferry Sheds®
Reeds Ferry was established in 1960 by the late Hobart D. Carleton. the company has over 55 years of manufacturing experience. Hobart’s son Harry Carleton is the current President of Reeds Ferry and the third generation of the Carleton family operates the business today. Reeds Ferry builds and installs high quality backyard storage sheds and other various types of small buildings, as well as gazebos. Along with their participation in fundraising for Dana-Farber, Reeds Ferry supports Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, the Salvation Army Food Bank, and Make A Wish foundation of New Hampshire. Follow Reeds Ferry Sheds® on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ReedsFerry and on Twitter: @ReedsFerry.
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Reeds Ferry 2014 Shed of the Year

Armaganian family of Concord NH, Reeds Ferry 2014 Shed of the Year Winner.

Armaganian family of Concord NH, Reeds Ferry 2014 Shed of the Year Winner.

Congratulations to Mark and Nicole Armaganian of Concord New Hampshire. The Armaganian’s are winners of the Reeds Ferry 2014 Shed of the Year contest with 1,289 votes, 46% of those cast.  Their beautiful cabana won a close battle with Dom and Sara Lococo of North Reading who finished 2nd with 34% of the vote.


1st Runner-up in the Reeds Ferry Shed of the Year Contest -Dom and Sara Lococo of North Reading MA

1st Runner-up in the Reeds Ferry Shed of the Year Contest -Dom and Sara Lococo of North Reading MA

The worst thing about a poll is that we have to call any of the other nominees “non-winners”.  Everyone might be happier if we subscribed to the “youth soccer model” and we awarded championship trophies to all, but like Al Gore once said, “Democracy is a tough game”.  (Actually he said a bunch of other stuff, but we can’t print it here.)


The final voting results are below. $500 is awarded to the Armaganian family. All the other finalist receive prizes. Consolation prizes include Bruins and Celtics tickets, dinner to Cafe Escadrille, water park tickets at Great Wolf Lodge, etc… Also, if for any reason the Armaganian’s are unable to fulfill the duties of their crown the Lococo family as First Runners-up would be asked to take on the responsibility thru the upcoming calendar year. Thank you to everyone who voted and THANK YOU to the participants for their show of sportsmanship and for entering the Reeds Ferry Shed of the Year Contest.


2014 Reeds Ferry SHED OF THE YEAR VOTING RESULTSHere is the final poll result.


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Santa Avoids Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins. Hires Reeds Ferry

Look for Santa Claus this year in his Reeds Ferry Cabin at Fanuel Hall in Boston and at the Garden City Shopping Center in Cranston Rhode Island.  We’re honored again this year to be the official builder all of Santa’s outdoor cabins. Reeds Ferry partners with the Noerr Group (Santa’s Talent Agency). We provide Noerr a warm building at outdoor shopping centers so Santa can hunker down with the kids to review their Christmas wish-list.

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The Noerr Group takes care of Santa at hundreds of shopping centers across the USA. It’s a huge job. When we first went to work for Santa our big question was how he can be in all these locations at the same time? Now that we’re inside Santa’s circle we’ve figured out his secret. Santa and Noerr hire Santa look-a-likes to fill-in for him! Essentially he’s the world’s fattest, jolliest franchise!  Before assigning the fill-ins to shopping malls Noerr requires each Santa surrogate to attend their Santa University to learn all his mannerisms. For example, they learn to always say, “Ho-Ho-Ho” when they don’t have the answer to a question. Take a look at the video BELOW to see all the Santa’s in training.

It’s coming down to crunch-time. The tree at Faneuil Hall was lit last week and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at Garden City last weekend. Santa Claus (or a like facsimile) will be at all the Noerr shopping locations now through Christmas. Bring the kids and create a Christmas family photo with old Saint Nick.  ( Garden City just posted their Santa schedule; see it here. )  When you stop-in be sure to compliment Santa on his Reeds Ferry cabin and ask for one under your tree… He’ll pause, give you a look of panic and then say, Ho-Ho-Ho 😉

Merry Christmas to you and yours from all of us at Reeds Ferry Sheds.

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