Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jubilee Furniture weekly update post for Thursday, July 24, 2014

I ran into a long-time Jubilee Furniture volunteer at the grocery store last Saturday and then had the pleasure of speaking to several regular customers by phone this week.  All four encounters reminded me how much I miss working at the store.

That’s probably the only down-side I see to our growth over the last eight years – the relationships I’ve developed with so many of you that seem to have ended with my new role working exclusively with donors.  As I’ve thought about it I’ve come up with a couple of ideas so you and I can stay in touch.  Ready?

  • Become a donor!  You know the kind of quality furniture we accept – do some late-summer furniture purging and then call me at (630) 337-1467 to schedule a FREE donation pickup.  You’ll help area kids and families through the programs and services at Outreach Community Ministries AND you and I can catch up!  Win/win!
  • Email me at and let’s have coffee (or tea in my case)!  I work Monday through Friday in downtown Wheaton (where Outreach’s main offices are) and would love to take a break and see you!

Don’t know who I am and think my invitation to meet for coffee is super weird?  No problem!  Ignore the opening few paragraphs and continue scrolling to see SOME of the fantastic, fabulous, amazing, wonderful furniture available at Jubilee Furniture!

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these are very attractive leather pieces by DeCoro.  Each piece has some areas where the leather is cracked and peeling off.  On the chairs – the issues are much more minor than the sofa (the last photo is of the seat cushion on the sofa where there are a number of cracks).  We’re selling the chairs for $125 each and the sofa for $195.  Also note – my camera flash actually made some of the imperfections look worse than they really are

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lovely floral chaise – one piece of trim needs to be reattached – priced $65

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I don’t remember seeing this Century sofa before so snapped a picture and then looked at the price tag and it was marked down 25% – so obviously it’s been around a bit!  Current price is $101.25 (started at $135)

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this is a gorgeous onyx quartz top square coffee table (measures 3’ 4” x 3’ 4”) which retails for $2,000.  Jubilee Furniture price?  $645 (that’s almost 70% OFF the retail price!)

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this is a cool chrome and – what I believe is aged suede (some suede gets hard when it’s older and hasn’t been cleaned or conditioned over the years) – retro side chair by Patrician Furniture Co.  Priced $45

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fabulous, amazing Room & Board sofa for $295 (woot!)

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so sweet needle-point chair for $45 (amazing price!)

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this Vanguard chair lived in my son’s room for years and is super comfy and still in very good condition – priced $55

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blue leather sofa from Marshall Fields – in excellent condition – priced $165 (another incredible deal!)

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sleek chrome and glass round coffee table priced $225

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two wonderful retro chairs – one with arms which is priced $75 and the one without arms is $65 (there’s a small crack at the top of the arm-less chair)

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this retro sofa totally stole my heart – it looks in excellent condition – fun avocado color print – priced $295 (which is s steal!  [Stole my heart.  Price is a steal.  Aren’t I the clever one this morning!?])

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this is a fun eye-catching sofa or entry table – I noticed one chip in the glass – priced $55

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and then look at this small round glass top side table – great accent piece! – the base is plaster and not a heavy concrete – priced $20

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this ottoman reminds me of a four-leaf clover!  What lucky person will take it home?  Priced $45 (four leaf clover/lucky person – I’m cracking myself up this morning!)

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gorgeous vintage table with two leaves and six chairs (two with arms and four arm-less) – table top has some scratches (but nothing too bad).  I saw a small hole in the caning of one of the chairs.  Price for all is $415

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man-oh-man – this is an amazing, antique, quarter sawn oak buffet with mirror attachment – in excellent condition!  Priced $515

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Basset table with 1 leaf and four chairs (really solid, heavy, wood furniture – very well made) priced $215

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two mission-style side chairs priced $55 each (and there are more in the back)

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I’ll end with a basket full of fabric samples (there are two grommets at the top of each piece) priced $2 each – and a trunk full of pillows which are $8 each

There you have it, dear reader!  Another week of incredible donations which translates into amazing inventory – priced to sell – just waiting for you to purchase and take home!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jubilee Furniture weekly update post for Thursday, July 17, 2014


I was struck this week by the fact that summer is about half over and it made me shudder.  I’m Illinois born and raised – so no stranger to extremely weather – but I resolve to be mindful of every warm and sunny day without the shadow of the upcoming cold, snow and gray skies ruining my enjoyment!

Another trip to The Merchandise Mart for some amazing outdoor furniture certainly helps me with that commitment!  It’s easy to imagine family and friends sitting outside talking and laughing in these super comfortable – and very attractive – pieces!  And the best part?  The quality is so excellent they’ll last for years and years!

Let’s take a look at some of the items donated this week (but know there are lots more wonderful pieces than just these photos):

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high-end outdoor table and four chairs (though I think this set would be super fun INSIDE too) – priced $595

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two piece sofa/chaise sectional priced $185 (good condition but some spot cleaning needed)

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another two piece sofa/chaise – the micro-suede needs to be completely cleaned on this one – priced $145

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this is an amazing brass and metal lighted curio cabinet – really shiny and pretty – priced only $55

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there are four of these chairs – and I think they’re fabulous! – the seats need to be reupholstered and some minor touch up to the wood – but schazam!  They’re amazing!  Best part?  All four for $40 (they’re on the covered patio)

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more fantastic metal furniture from The Mart – these chairs are priced $75 each and we have one mustard yellow, one orange, one white, one brown and one black.  They’re circled up to a round wood table which is only $15 (needs work)

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gorgeous teak chairs priced $175 each (also from The Mart)

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this beauty retails for $2,000 (teak with wonderful cushions – mint condition – from one of The Merchandise Mart showrooms) our price is $595

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excellent condition Room & Board two piece sectional in a great heather gray fabric – priced $595 (retails for $2,498)

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comfy chair and sofa – in a tan micro-suede – the material is worn and needs to be cleaned – chair is priced $45; matching sofa for $65

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lovely sage green velvet sofa for $145

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man-oh-man look at this gorgeous mid-century sofa with wood trim – in very good condition – priced $425

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love this round pedestal coffee table priced $45

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this is a great side chair – but you can see a stain just above the pillow in the first photo – otherwise looked really good to me – priced $55

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I am completely in love with this retro cabinet – - I’m not sure what it was originally used for but you could add a rod and make it a wardrobe or remove the shelf at the top, add one toward the bottom and put your flat-screen TV in it or you could add more shelves and turn it into an amazing organizer (and it’s attractive enough that it could sit by your front door).  The caning is broken in one spot on one of the panels (alas) – still it’s fantastic!  Priced $165

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this is a three piece (thus easy to move) pecan secretary which is gorgeous!  Priced $225

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and look at this lovely secretary!  It’s only $85!

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fantastic walnut desk with incredible art deco hardware – one of the non-supporting legs is off but the pieces are in a drawer – priced $125

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for all you bench lovers out there  (Tara!) this is the mother of all benches!  French Provencal style, upholstery in fairly good condition (though I did see at least one button off) priced only $55!  Measures 6’7” (that’s l-o-n-g!).  You can see it fits perfectly at the end of a king-size bed (fyi)

Dear reader – I hope you enjoy this lovely, warm, sunshiny day with nary a thought about the possibly horrid winter we’re facing in just a few short months!! Winking smile