Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jubilee Furniture weekly update post for Thursday, August 28, 2014

The United States Department of Labor’s website defines Labor Day:

… the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Though we all know people who are unemployed and struggling to find work –each of us, nevertheless, have contributed in some way to the fabric which is our country. So, in honor of you all I suggest we go…

…shopping at Jubilee Furniture! The store is open today and tomorrow from 1 to 8 and Saturday from 9 to 4 and we are JAMMED FULL with amazing furniture at unbelievable prices! 

What follows is a small selection of some of what you’ll find:

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this is a very nice loose pillow back sofa – needs to be cleaned – priced $65

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this matching sleeper sofa and rocker/recliner are – overall in great shape. There are a few odd threads sticking out and I noticed on the sofa at the front of the arms it’s like there is missing trim. Otherwise, a nice color and canvas-like fabric. Sleeper sofa is priced $95; rocker/recliner is $75

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lovely muted yellow fabric with an interesting pattern – both pieces look to be in great condition. Sofa is priced $75; matching loveseat is also $75

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wonderful square coffee table, priced $45

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I love the detail on this gorgeous leather sofa (see it along the bottom of the piece?). Some wear but overall in excellent condition – priced $375

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The fabric on this Bracewell Furniture Co. sofa reminds me of birch trees (do you see what I mean?) and I LOVE it!  It’s in excellent condition. Priced only $115!

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This side chair is covered in an upholstery that seems to change color depending on the light. It reads blue/green/gray. In good condition and priced $50

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sweet step stool for $6

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It was sort of hard to determine exactly how many pieces this sectional breaks down into (because of the recliner parts which look like separate pieces but I thing aren’t). My best guess is it’s a three piece green leather sectional that’s in excellent condition and is priced $195

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this set from Pier 1 imports is fabulous! I can’t find the exact table online (similar to this one which is on sale for $319.99) but here are the chairs (only our chairs are in “sage”) which retail for $149.95 per chair. Allow me to do the math for you – the whole set (table and four chairs) retails for $919.79. Jubilee Furniture price?  $215! That’s a little more than 75% off the retail price!

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six very cool black leather chairs with black metal bases – some wear on seats – priced $150 for all six. The chairs surround a brushed chrome base with glass top that is currently 25% off the already low Jubilee Furniture price of $325 which brings the price down to $243.75

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fantastic Kimball round table priced $215

Whatever you’re “laboring” at this weekend, dear reader – I hope it recharges, refreshes and relaxes you!

p.s. awkward segues and terrible puns are the sole responsible of me. I was going to delete all and start over but figured most people don’t read my first few paragraphs and scroll right to the photos so it wasn’t a big deal. *smile*

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Jubilee Furniture weekly update post for Thursday, August 21, 2014

With my 56th birthday only two months away, it would be fair to say I’ve lived more of my life than I have left (and I say that NOT in a morbid way at all).  And though you can point to countless individuals who achieved great acclaim later in life – it would also be fair to say chances of that happening to me are slim.

I’m okay with that.

I’ve found a mystery author named Colin Cotterill and I really like his books (I love series with the same characters and he has written several).  In one of his books that I recently read – two characters talk about “doing the small stuff well.”   I realized that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for a long time – the small stuff well (at least trying to!).

Running a used furniture store in Carol Stream, Illinois and being as transparent as possible with our customers about the furniture they’re buying – is one way staff and volunteers do the small stuff well.  Making sure the guys on the truck who are making the donation pickups are equipped to do their jobs so well the donor is thrilled – is another way we do the small stuff well.  Treating everyone we interact with in person or on the phone with care and respect – is a third way we do the small stuff well.

Knowing when to shut-up when writing an opening for the blog is yet another way I try to do the small stuff well.  So, without further ado – here are photos of some of what was donated by those thrilled donors (at least we hope they were thrilled):

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these are fantastic side chairs in great condition in a really lovely, somewhat neutral, stripe – priced $75 each

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this Cisco brand sofa is a little worn but still has a lot of life left in it!  Priced $65

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Wow – that’s all I can say about this gorgeous Honduran rosewood drop leaf table with two extra leaves and another support leg (for when the leaves are in place).  Priced $495.  Surrounding this amazing table are – if possible – even more amazing retro Sligh-Lowry chairs which are in incredible condition!  Fabric is clean and looks great!  We’re selling the four chairs for $540 for all of them

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super clean, lovely Room & Board sofa priced $350

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what a cool coffee table!  Very thick glass (I think the donor told me it was one inch thick but I didn’t measure to know for sure) – with neat wood base – priced $95

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lovely wood trimmed side chair with contracting pleather fabric in the back oval – priced $65

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I love the chrome base on this dining table – the top needs a little work – priced $195.  Chairs are sold separately and I forgot to get the price of them (sorry!)

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I was very drawn to this ceramic basket-weave pineapple lamp with gold accents – which is priced $30.  I then realized the lamp in the background is also cool and it too is priced $30

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cream color leather? pleather? both? recliner priced $95

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it’s not unusual for me to wish I had room in my house for many of the pieces we get in at Jubilee – and that’s especially true with this three piece black leather sectional.  First, I love the shape – a nice generous wide open U that would make every seat perfect for movie watching or conversation.  Second – I love the price.  Only $125!  Knowing that’s super cheap for a piece that’s real leather and – in what looked at first glance – excellent condition, I examined more closely and here’s what I found.  On almost every cushion there are small to medium scratches which were covered with – my best guess – a black marker so at certain angles you can see them clearly (see what I mean in the second to last photo?).  Still – a fabulous sectional perfect for a herd of kids of any age!

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brown microfiber loveseat for $125; matching sofa for $145 – both are in good condition

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wonderful ladder-back chairs – in excellent condition – priced $175 for all four

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sweet rolling retro buffet/tea cart – by Cochrane – priced $95

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wonderful leather chair and ottoman by Toms Price – priced $245

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amazing glass top table with aluminum base and three matching chairs – all for $150

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FABULOUS church pew!  Love!  Priced $345

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vibrant red micro-suede loveseat by Walter E. Smithe in excellent condition – priced $95

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so sweet!  Oak table and four chairs – circa 1930s – note stenciling detail in the corners of the table and the “wings” on the legs.  Priced $450 for set

Today – may you delight, dear reader, in doing the small things well since a life lived this way most certainly adds up to a well-lived life indeed!

Oh, and speaking of birthdays – HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing sister, Peggy, who will be celebrating hers tomorrow!