But first I want to introduce you to five volunteers who regularly serve at the store - and many of you have already met - but whom I haven't showcased on the blog before (though have mentioned by name).
Over the last year or so I have three volunteers who help every Friday starting at 1 when we open (remember our store hours are Fridays 1 to 8 and Saturdays 9 to 4) and stay for about three or four hours. Seriously, unless they're out of town or have a major conflict, they're there every Friday. Unbelievable and for that I'm extremely grateful. My Friday team consist of:
(from left to right) Barb, Ward and Joan (insert a round of applause here)!
With the exception of the second Saturday of the month - you'll find this husband/wife team in the store from when we open until we close. Yes, you read that correctly - every Saturday each month, except one, from 9 until 4 (seven hours). You'll find Mitch back in the shop area working on whatever furniture needs repairing while Nancy will either be helping customers or moving furniture (that woman knows how to use a dolly and isn't afraid to do so!) or cleaning or emptying boxes of knick-knacks and pricing and putting them out or...get the picture? When I'm thinking through if I have enough volunteers on a given weekend and remember Nancy - my thought is this: "Oh yeah, Nancy is on for this weekend. She's like three volunteers in one!"
Here are Nancy and Mitch (second round of applause and some whistling for good measure)!
You often hear me say/write this and it's true - Jubilee Furniture would not exist without three key groups of people: my donors, my customers and my volunteers (insert crowd going absolutely wild - maybe some confetti raining down - you know the whole nine yards!). Thank you.
Ready to continue? Good so am I!
you might think this is a photo of a vacation shot taken at the New York Public Library - but it's not! - rather it's a glimpse of the shelves and shelves of books that we recently received for donation. We sell hard covers for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents
this is a beautiful - but a little unusual piece - I would call it a lighted curio cabinet, glass across the front, mirrored back (see me waving at you in the mirror? what a geek I am!) with five glass shelves (four of 'em adjustable) and you access the things in the interior through doors on either side - know what I mean? - priced $235
it's interesting (at least to me) how each week there is a furniture "theme" that sometimes surfaces and that might be because the same donor - who would have a specific style and taste donates a lot of furniture - though it's often random. This week's theme would be glass and metal pieces - all of them gorgeous - all of them in excellent condition. Here are the first round of pieces. There are two end tables - and I tried to take a photo looking down through the glass top to show you the design of the metal - and are priced $145 each. The coffee table is $195 and since they're so beautiful and part of me would love to keep the set together (though might not be possible, I know) have a buy-em-all-and-save price of $425 (saves you $60). I would have guessed the doubled beveled edge to the glass is called just that - double beveled - but in a quick google search the edge is actually called ogee edge (you think that's because you would look at it and exclaim, "Oh gee - how pretty!"?). Oh, and the lamps in the photo are priced $35 each and there are two of them
here are some pretty Drexel retro pieces: the ONE piece china cabinet (a lot of china cabinets are two pieces which make them a little easier to move - this happens to be a one piece - fyi) is priced $125 and the matching buffet is $85
I love this green floral Smithe chair which is priced $60
another theme this week could be "beige" since here's our third set of tannish/cream/neutral furniture - these fabric Crate and Barrel pieces have great "bones" though both need to be cleaned - the sofa is priced $75 and the over sized chair and ottoman is $85 (and again in better condition than the sofa)
extremely pretty two piece china cabinet for $115
here's our fourth and final glass and iron piece and I would call it a plant stand (a little high for an end table - but could be used as one) and is priced $45
beautiful - if a bit dated pattern - on this Marshall Field's sofa for $125
excellent condition wing back chair for $85 (and it looks really nice with the Marshall Field's sofa though they were not donated together)
really nice plaid Flexsteel couch for $95
this photo does not do credit to this beautiful drop leaf table with four chairs priced $155
this mint-condition counter height table and chairs are great - the only problem? - there are only two chairs (donor kept the other two) so is priced only $125 for the set
retro nine drawer dresser with mirror for $45 (some damage to the top of the drawer)
I love, love, love this vintage bedroom set which includes: one nightstand for $45; dresser with two mirrors for $65; and armoire for $95. Look at the detail! Sigh. Love.