Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy 5th anniversary/birthday, Jubilee Furniture!

As this month comes to a close, I realize there was a significant date I sort of forgot about. Towards the beginning of the month was the 5th anniversary – or would I say birthday? - of the opening of Jubilee Furniture!

I can’t help but wonder if there comes a time when a store is so established and well known that everyone knows about it. Does that ever happen? I ask because it’s not usual for several customers each weekend to say they’ve never been in the store and didn’t realize it existed. When I say, “Actually, we’ve been open and in this location for five years.” this is sometimes followed by a lament from the customer of, “Oh, I wish I’d known about you earlier when I (purchased/donated) a whole house full of furniture!” Believe you me, I wish you had too!

A second response often heard is one of almost suspicion, where the customer seems to be accusing me of withholding important information from them. “Five years? Wow! I really could of used this place when I was (horribly broke and sleeping on the floor/trying to help someone who was down and out and sleeping on the floor/looking for cheap furniture for my son/daughter when they left for college). Sure wish I’d known about ya then. You should do a better job of advertising.”

“No way! 5 years! That’s impossible! Can’t be!” is an occasional response that makes me chuckle – like I don’t know when the store opened and am making stuff up just to see if they’ll figure it out and call me on it. “Ho, ho, you got me! I was pulling your leg! You’re sure a smart cookie! Can’t pull the wool over YOUR eyes! We’ve actually only been open for a week! Ho, ho!”

Ahh, customers – you know I really love you!

I have a lot to show you, but not a lot of sofas. Don’t get me wrong – we have a lot of sofas (both sleeper sofas and regular sofas) in the store (I meant to count ‘em before I left last night and forgot! I’d guess we easily have 20 sofas currently in the store), but not a lot of “new” ones.

Let’s get going!

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this is a beautiful, mirrored cabinet that has a place for wine bottles (below the one drawer – sorry for the crappy photo), one adjustable shelf and then under the top piece a place to store wine glasses. It’s only priced $45 because there’s damage that’s actually taken the finish and stain off in two places on the surface just above the drawer. Cover that spot with a pretty place mat – and you have a wonderful piece of furniture!

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a donor dropped this lovely, old desk off last weekend and I’ve priced it $85

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sitting on top of the lovely old desk is this hanging, mirrored shelf thingie that priced $25

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this is a fabulous Room & Board chaise that’s a lovely yellowy, mustard color that will probably change depending on the light. It needs to be spot cleaned in multiple places so it’s only priced $195 – but no rips, no fading, no structural issues whatsoever! I heart it!

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nice plaid Klaussner sofa for $30 – why so cheap? – donor had a dog and there are dog hairs on this piece

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this potting/planting table is sure to make you think, “SPRING” and it’s priced $135 (cheap price for something that makes you think SPRING!)

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this is a gorgeous rounded corner lighted curio cabinet (did you get all of that?) with four adjustable glass shelves (and one stationary shelf) and is priced $295

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this is a super nice black/gray/tannish striped sofa for $85 (some minor dog hair on this piece – but donor did have a dog)

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talk about furniture that makes you think of spring – how about this Little Tikes outdoor play place that retails for $379.99 and we’re selling it for $135 (power wash this baby and she’ll be like new)

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this Little Tikes classic climber cube has a couple of places where the plastic is damaged – but again, power wash this puppy and she’ll be looking good! – priced $75

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this lovely dining table, one leaf and six chairs (two of the chairs were never assembled and are in the shop waiting for someone to assemble ‘em) had a hot dish set directly on the table top – which left a whitish/grayish mark and the donor smoked – the fabric’s absorbed that smell – so is priced only $85

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mission style wood futon and mattress for $150

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lovely classic wingback chair for $95 (second photo is an up close of the fabric)

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very nice rose colored velvet sofa by Schweiger for $95; matching love seat for $50 (and there’s an issue under one of the seat cushions of the love seat where some springs have sprung and you sink pretty far down)

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this is an amazing vintage trunk (I think the date it was shipped is 8/15/44 – but I could be wrong) for $135! Don’t you want to live in Far Rockaway, NY?!

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sweet make-up table (missing drawer pulls) for $25 (not as white as it looks in this photo – I had to use my flash ‘cause it’s in a dark part of the store)

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we received five nice white bookcases for donation this week – 1st and 3rd photos show bookcases with four adjustable shelves and are priced $65 each; photo number 2 matches the other two bookcases but it’s lower and has only 2 adjustable shelves and the price is $45; the last photo shows two matching bookcases that are similar to the others, but not the same, and have two adjustable shelves and are priced $35 each

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storage unit for $45

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gorgeous oak entertainment center – beautiful color – for $165

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wonderful side chair for $25 (unfortunately there’s just the one!)

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I love the shape and height of this side table – don’t you heart the wood rope trim? – for $65

I hope you’ll have time to stop in either today (Friday) from 1 to 8 or tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4! Although we won’t have any birthday cake to serve you – there’ll be plenty of free cookies and a very warm welcome whether it’s your first time in the store or your 100th!

Peace be with you, dear reader!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday's customer inspiration - Brooke and Jeff's beautiful Chi Town home!

Hello! How nice of you to stop by to see this week's Tuesday's customer inspiration - I have the gorgeous Chicago home of Brooke and Jeff's to show you!

Their place is really amazing - let's get started!

Brooke began her email this way: My husband and I love Jubilee! It is quite a hike from our home, so we don't get there as often as we would like, but that is probably a blessing in disguise because I am sure we would buy so much stuff we would soon have no where to put it!

This lamp was purchased with an older shade. I just replaced the shade with a custom made one that I bought off of etsy. I like it because I doubt anyone has a lamp quite like this :) {I agree, Brooke - and I LOVE how you added a ton of pizazz to this already amazing lamp!}

The minute I saw this couch online at Jubilee, I emailed the pic to my husband. We raced over to Jubilee that night and bought it. It was delivered a few days later {note: we're no longer offering delivery into Chicago - sorry!} and I couldn't be happier. It is extra long and comfortable, too. I love the shimmery fabric and although you can't see it, there is criss cross wood on the sides - so cute! {I remember this sofa and it is super nice!}

This picture shows our black chair that we purchased at Jubilee for an amazing price - I think it was 10 dollars {do you see it to the right of the sofa?}. I think we purchased this on our first trip ever, and we were like "OMG". It is in perfect condition (as is everything) {maybe everything isn't "perfect" but I always tell it to ya straight if there are any issues!}, with a chrome base, wood arms, and great black fabric. Love at first sight.

Here are 2 of the 4 orange chairs purchased at Jubilee. Again, saw these on your first trip there and we couldn't believe our eyes - they are so cool. We love chairs to begin with, and we had never seen such amazing chairs at such an amazing price. Seriously, they were 5 dollars each. Jubilee, I feel the need to formally thank you here - so , Thank YOU! These chairs make me happy on a daily basis :) {You're welcome, Brooke. I'm glad you like 'em so much because I've, a little, wished we hadn't sold them. You see, they're part of a grouping we got from an area church and we use the conference table and remaining chairs (that are identical to yours) for Friday dinners and Saturday lunches with my volunteers - and sometimes we need more chairs and I dislike pulling up ones that don't match - I know, I'm weird}

This is a pic of the other 2 orange chairs in use at our desk. Oh, did I mention how comfortable they are??? {Now you have and I totally agree - they are comfortable!}

Up close and personal :) {I love people who use a lot of :) when they email - it makes me :-)}

Thanks, Jubilee - you have helped make our home a place we love to spend time in - a place unique to us. {you are very welcome, Brooke! :-)}

Isn't it so much fun to take a peek into someone else's home? I love the unique shade Brooke put on her Jubilee Furniture lamp. I probably never would have thought to hang the wide-framed mirror horizontally - yet love it! I also really like the black and white pillows with the sofa - and probably wouldn't have thought that combination looks good - but it does! I also like the artwork layered and leaning on top of the radiator (I take it, you don't use it to heat your place, Brooke?). This is what I love about Tuesday's customer inspiration! Thank you so much, Brooke!

And I think Brooke has given me a new Jubilee Furniture tag line -

Jubilee Furniture: helping to make your home a place you love that's uniquely you!

What do you think, dear reader? :-) :-)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Fabulous furniture at Jubilee lasts about as long as the snow from blizzard 2011 did–so you better hurry in!

Hello! And thanks for stopping by the Jubilee Furniture blog where every Friday I give you a preview of some of the wonderful items we’ve received for donation that week! My thoughts when I started the blog (read my very first, incredibly lame post here) were by showing you some of the “new” inventory it would help you decide if it was worth it to make a trip out to the store (which is only open two days each week: Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4).

Having been born and raised in Illinois – and being 52 years old – I should be used to the weird weather, but I’m not. Let me remind you of what our world looked like on Wednesday morning, February 2nd:

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Here’s basically the same shot taken this morning, Friday, February 18th – a mere two weeks and two days later:

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Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining! I’m fine saying buh-bye to the snow and below zero temperatures, but…what the heck?!

Okay, now that I got that out of my system, we can move onto showing you all the wonderful things that await at Jubilee Furniture this weekend!

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super amazing sofa (couldn’t find a brand on it but it looks like it could be either a Room and Board piece or Crate & Barrel) for $275

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cotton – like bed sheets – is the fabric used on this sweet love seat – so it’s smooth and cool to the touch and comfortable and priced $55

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this sleeper sofa is a great neutral color and in good condition and is priced $175

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this elegant Ethan Allen sleeper sofa (we got in a lot of sleepers this week) is in excellent condition and priced $275

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this Room and Board sofa needs to be completely reupholstered and is priced only $10 (seriously – tons of rips and the seams ripped out – but great “bones” and a nice size)

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I have this same Room and Board chair in my bedroom (read that post and see those photos here) but I don’t have the matching ottoman – I’ve priced the chair and ottoman $75 for both (some minor wear spots on both pieces, thus the lower price tag)

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GORGEOUS drop leaf table for $165

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this is a GREEN (it looks blue on my computer) water-mark, camel back sofa for $95

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very nice (sorry the top photo is so dark) sleeper (again with the sleeper!) sofa for $245

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this is a way cool (maybe my favorite piece this week, maybe) table with four chairs by Calligaris – there was some debate about what type of wood (teak?), note the round cut outs on the back of the chair (all the chair seat cushions need to be replaced). The price for all five pieces is $225

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this is a wonderful – art deco – bedroom set by Bassett that includes: five drawer chest of drawers for $105; two drawer night stand for $45; nine drawer dresser with mirror for $85; and not shown a matching full or queen head board for $40

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this is a gorgeous mission style wood queen size head board, foot board and side rails for $225 (mattress sold separately)

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simple, wood, nice set of bunk beds for $100 (again, price does not include the mattresses or bunky boards)

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super nice twin size head board, foot board, side rails and support boards (which allow you to use a mattress without a box spring – if you choose) for $145

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this is a fantastic three piece leather sectional by Kreiss. Super nice leather – all cushions are completely covered with leather – so you can flip ‘em around and such – the armless piece could be added into the arrangement but it would make the already long part of the sofa even longer – know what I mean? There’s some minor fading and stains that I’ve been told can be fixed. The price for all three pieces is $575

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now you see this counter-high, rolling table…

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now you hardly see it! Priced $85

ServiceMaster by Armstrong was out yesterday and cleaned a number of pieces of furniture for us. ServiceMaster donates four hours of cleaning every month to Jubilee Furniture – for which we’re very grateful! Thank you!

The cushions need to dry for 24 hours before we can put them back into place, but this floral sectional and rust colored love seat are too wonderful not to give you a glimpse:

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this is a four piece Smithe-Craft sectional priced $395 – in excellent condition and now professionally cleaned too!

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this is a very cool Rowe rust color micro-suede love seat priced $95

We had an extra volunteer helping all this week which allowed Dan to change a few things up and I wanted to show you the “new and improved” Jubilee Furniture!

The area that we’ve always affectionately referred to as “bedroom land” is now home to most of our dining room pieces:

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By moving the mattresses (and dressers and stuff) it will allow us to use the wall space to display artwork – which we have a ton of but had no where to hang it. Also, the lighting is better in this part of the store which will mean you can actually SEE the artwork (who’d thunk?)!

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So where’s bedroom land now? In dining room land – of course!

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Here’s looking towards our dock area:

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The rest of the store is pretty much the same,

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though Dan did build something so we can hang our chandeliers – which looks wonderful…

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and we added another table to hold all of our lamps – which is a pretty impressive assortment (if I do say so myself!)!

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And that, dear reader, wraps up another Friday post for you!

Say a prayer that my links (are you remotely impressed with my linking capability which is all thanks to Amanda – read more about wonderful Amanda here) all work!

There’s a shiny new dime to whoever spies the first robin of the season! (My grandmother used to give whichever of her grandkids saw the first robin or the first dandelion a dime – and the competition was fierce! Of course, that was when you could actually buy something with 10 cents! Those were the days, my friend!)

We also walked ten miles, barefoot in the snow to school everyday – and it was uphill both ways!

Smile.