Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday's customer inspiration - Jean's lovely dining room table and chairs!

Jean emailed me last week with a photo of a table and four chairs which were purchased from Jubilee Furniture. In her email, Jean wrote, " We are very pleased especially since we bought the table separately from the 4 chairs and we think that they look good together. The table had a crack in the top, but John repaired it. Just takes some time and effort but well worth it."

The set is gorgeous and I think Jean and John did an amazing job! Don't you agree? And how sweet is their dog watching Jean take the photo?!

We had another great weekend at the store and ended November with total sales of over $32,000! This is our highest monthly sales total ever and is especially exciting since the month only included four sales weekends (some months have FIVE sales weekends).

We now head into - what historically - is our slowest month of the year, December. I believe - between our wonderful donors and fantastic customers - that we'll turn "slowest" into "show-stopperest" (by adding a few letters and making up the word "stopperest") month of the year!

Speaking of December, I want to let you know how Christmas will impact our store hours. Jubilee Furniture will be OPEN our normal Friday from 1 to 8 and Saturday from 9 to 4 this weekend, the weekend of the 10th and 11th and the 17th and 18th. We will be CLOSED Friday, December 24th and Saturday, December 25th (ho, ho, ho) and then OPEN Thursday, December 30th from 1 to 8 and Friday, December 31st from 11 to 3 and then CLOSED Saturday, January 1st. We'll do something extra fun on the 30th and 31st since we're not normally open those days and/or times - and we'll want to try to entice you to come in!

Jean ended her email by saying, "Thanks for all you do at Jubilee Furniture!!". I'm sending the thanks - and love - back your way, Jean!

And to you as well, dear reader!

Friday, November 26, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Jubilee Furniture!

Though you may still be burping up turkey and pumpkin pie - and we're always thankful at Jubilee Furniture - we've officially moved on to Christmas at the store. From the Christmas music you'll hear as you enter, to the artificial Christmas trees, decorations and even holiday books that are for sale - added to our usual amazing used furniture deals - you won't know where to begin when you come in either today (Friday from 1 to 8) or tomorrow (Saturday from 9 to 4)!

Let's see some of the new-to-us furniture we received for donation this week! Come on!

this white Christmas tree is only one of many which are for sale (though the only white one) and it's priced $45

we received an amazing donation of a George Steck baby grand piano and the donor not only donated it but also incurred the expense of having it moved to the store (you can expect to pay around $250 to have this piano moved to your home - fyi). It's priced $1,250 and we will leave moving this piece to the experts - so will not assist with loading

white washed stool for $25 and there are two of them

gorgeous - in mint condition - sofa for $195

cool art-deco triangle, glass top coffee table for $95 (and there's a matching round end table for $85)

though they don't look like a match in these photos - these pieces do match. The top photos show the armoire which is priced $125; matching two piece dresser with a lighted/mirrored hutch is $95 (and it's massive)

Lazboy recliner for $50 in great condition and there are two matching

Megan - are you reading this? These pieces look like they match the dresser you and Erik purchased about a month ago. The three drawer dresser is priced $45 and the six drawer dresser w/mirror is $65. Sarah - I know you wanted the dresser Megan bought - might these work for you?

gorgeous Ken Coffey retro dresser with mirror for $135

here are some fantastic Boling Chair Co. chairs which are extremely comfortable and I've priced them $20 each and there are a total of 10 chairs. They were donated with a table which is in need of much TLC and is priced $7.50

this is a fabulous Aristo-Bilt modular wall unit with NINE components that can be arranged in multiple ways - and it's priced $335 for all nine pieces

cool desk storage hutch for $45

wonderful desk with locking drawers and a bulletin-board hutch (desk and hutch are one piece) for $125 and there are two matching

great 2' x 4' adjustable? (it looks adjustable to me but I couldn't figure out how to move the desk top up) task table for $45

we received eight of these 2 1/2' x 5' black task tables (each photo shows two table back-to-back - see their "K" shaped legs?) and, in my humble opinion, they would make great hobby tables, or sewing tables, or gift wrapping tables, or... At $35 each - you can buy more than one!

these are gorgeous pieces of furniture - and though obviously match - I've priced 'em separately. The two bookcase units are $175 each and the middle entertainment piece is $195

here's a really lovely set of tables. Starting top left photo: one drawer end table for $85; drop leaf end table for $75; oval coffee table for $65

I LOVE this Bernhardt leather sofa - but it needs a little work. The back cushion is coming apart at the seam (easy fix) and there's some marker or maybe wine spots on one seat cushion - otherwise it's fantastic! Price? $195

look at this totally cool art-deco buffet which is priced $145! Love!

this pedestal table has probably the most gorgeous base I've ever seen! You could easily seat six around it (and even eight comfortably) and the table is priced $295 (came in without chairs though)

you know how bad the lighting is in the store, right? I THINK this is a green corduroy curved sofa in very good condition and it's priced $175

I just had a scare where I thought I lost my entire post, so I think I'll wrap up!

Remember, Henny and Olga will be selling Olga's beautiful handmade afghans today (Friday) when we open at 1:00 and she's asking $25 per afghan (scroll down to see my post from Wednesday which shows photos of some of the colors and patterns that will be for sale).

Though it's cold outside, you know you'll always receive a warm welcome when you stop in at Jubilee Furniture!

Blessings and peace to you, dear reader!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday's customer inspiration - Kate's warm and welcoming office at Jubilee Village!

No, you're not crazy, today is Wednesday and I'm - again - a day late on my Tuesday customer inspiration post. I drove to Taylor University (in lovely Upland, IN) on Monday to attend my son, Jack's orchestra concert that evening (concert was great -he plays cello). I drove home yesterday arriving back around 4 p.m. and immediately went to write this post from home when - surprise! - the same thing happened where I couldn't save the photos that Kate had emailed me on my home computer (maybe some day I'll figure how what to upload so I don't have this problem forever - but don't place any bets on me being successful!).

So, if you checked all day yesterday for my post - I'm sorry. Believing the old saying, "better late than never," I'm here to deliver today though!

Kate Hutson, MA, LPC is our Clinical Case Manager for Jubilee Village. Jubilee Village is a transitional and independent living program for single, formerly homeless, mothers between the ages of 17 ½ and 20. The program is designed to holistically address the many needs of its residents, many of whom enter the program with histories of domestic violence or other manifestations of family discord, and without financial resources or job skills.

Jubilee Village exists to provide safe, secure housing, experienced mentors, and financial counseling for its residents as they prepare for independent living, upon their graduation from this two year program. Jubilee Village is one of the many programs offered through Outreach Community Ministries (of which Jubilee Furniture is a division of - and where the proceeds, minus our expenses - funnel back and help support the work of).

Kate started in her role this summer and inherited an office which was practical, but short on warmth and charm. Here are the "before" photos that Kate sent me:

After a fresh coat of paint (in a great warm, yet neutral color), Kate installed several items she'd selected from Jubilee Furniture as well as some other great pieces which all work together to create a welcoming, safe place for moms - and their children - to met with Kate in.

Didn't Kate do a wonderful job with her office? I love it!

I have something else to tell you about today.

About three weeks ago, Henny - one of our volunteers who works in our older adult program - stopped in the store to discuss Olga - the senior she visits through our Friendly Visitor program (another great program where a volunteer is matched up with a senior - often one who has no family in the area and would love a friendly visit from time to time). To keep occupied and busy - Olga crochets afghans. Lots of 'em. Yet she has no one to give them to and no outlet to sell them. Henny wondered if she and Olga could sell the afghans at Jubilee Furniture and my response was "Sure!". So, starting this Friday (remember we WILL BE OPEN Friday from 1 to 8 and Saturday from 9 to 4) Henny and Olga (at least for a while Olga will be there) will be selling Olga's afghans for a minimum price of $25 (Olga just wants to cover the cost of her yarn - but if you want to give more for an afghan - please do so). Henny emailed me the following photos of some of the 25 afghans that will be available for purchase.

Aren't the colors and patterns amazing?!

Again, Jubilee Furniture will be open THIS Friday from 1 to 8 and Saturday from 9 to 4 and I'll have my usual Friday post, including photos of the new-to-us items for purchase, Friday morning (have you noticed that I've been completing my Friday post earlier? It's usually up by 9 or 9:30 a.m.! Aren't you impressed?).

I hope you, dear reader, have an awesome and wonderful Thanksgiving!