Friday, April 29, 2011

Weddings and tornadoes and used furniture–oh my!

Between a royal wedding and killer tornadoes it’s been quite a week in parts of the world – and though on a much, much smaller scale (much, much, much) through gray skies and off-and-on rain – Dan and Chris (see side bar if you don’t know who Dan and Chris are) have been making their own news by picking up quality, used furniture.  Our warehouse is over-flowing with some amazing pieces and what follows is a sneak peek showcasing some of the items the guys picked up this week!

Let’s take a look!

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this is a great color brown, leather sofa in very good condition priced $245

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on either side of the great leather sofa are two end tables which are priced $50 each

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this is a lovely wood top, metal base end table priced $85 (and there are two of them – each priced $85)

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here are two fantastic Room & Board over-sized chairs and one ottoman – one chair is priced $195; and the second chair and ottoman are $265; the child’s rocker is $25 (and there are two identical rockers each $25)

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I’m not going to be able to adequately describe the fabric covering this gorgeous McCreary dark gray sofa – it looks a little like flannel but softer, almost spongy (in a good way) – the sofa is firm but comfortable, classic lines, great condition…amazing.  Price?  $395

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the end tables flanking the beautiful McCreary sofa are Lane – mission style – priced $45 each; matching sofa table is $75 (I don’t know why I priced them so cheaply – they’re super nice)

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this retro, two seater sofa is in good condition and a fun color and priced $45

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this is a lovely media center and priced $125

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very nice glass top table and four chairs for $295

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this wonderful glider has a handle which makes the chair stationary (which I’ve never seen before) and we’re selling the glider with the matching ottoman for $95

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this is a super nice Smithe loveseat priced $95 due to some pet hair on it

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this is a gorgeous Henredon lighted curio cabinet and is priced $495

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we received for donation some super nice dining room furniture this week – including this country style table, one leaf and 4 chairs for $195; matching two piece lighted china cabinet for $175; and wonderful buffet for $145

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and then look at this table and four chairs!  It looks fabulous together, but we’ve priced them separately – the glass top table (and the glass is 3/4” thick) sits on a glass and gold chrome base and is priced $295 (one of my volunteers said it would be easy to change the color of the gold chrome); the four parson chairs are on wheels and in excellent condition and priced $200 for all four

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this is a kitchen cart – on locking wheels – and with a little work could be super cute and functional and is priced $25 (Amy – if you’re reading this, this is the piece I was describing to you over the phone)

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here’s an amazing, antique oak one-piece mantel/surround and is priced $785

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these two IKEA dressers are in great shape and priced $145 each

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this dark blue corduroy sleeper sofa has some fading and is priced $60

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remember this donation of prototype (never been used) queen size, brand name, mattresses we received two weeks ago which are priced $325 each?

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well we purchased Englander foundations – brand new, straight from the manufacturer – so we can offer a complete queen-size, NEW set to you!  Price per foundation is $100

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we have even MORE amazing rugs – lots of sizes, colors and prices!

Though you might not have been invited to Will and Kate’s wedding and I hope you weren’t impacted by this week’s tornadoes (though I certainly am praying for those who were) – the circle of life and used furniture continues at Jubilee today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4.

Take care, dear reader and I hope you have a wonderful weekend (and best wishes to Deborah and Stephen!)!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday's customer inspiration - Jane's gorgeous dresser!

Thanks for stopping by to see how something purchased in a drab warehouse can look absolutely amazing in someone's home! This week we're invited into Jane's living room. Here's what she wrote:

Hi Susan, I know it's Tuesday today, but I was looking at the blog and the perfect storm hit; phone with camera in hand, clean house, sitting next to my favorite piece in my whole house, the Drexel Dynasty dresser I purchased at Jubilee! While the photo quality is poor I do love how this piece looks, and it is in our living room, one of the few rooms not being taken over by my girls! (But if you listen carefully I think you can hear them making a move for it!)

I love the artwork, lamp, pooled drapes and beautiful oriental rug in Jane's living room!

Here's a photo of the dresser - taken with a flash - when it was at Jubilee Furniture (see the original post here).

So, can you hear Jane's daughters slowly moving into this lovely living room? I think I can! Though better your children than raccoons - which is what's moved into my attic! Mama and - what sounds like - a whole pack of babies!

But I digress.

Jane - thank you so much for taking the time and going to the trouble of emailing me (at! The Drexel dresser is amazing and looks marvelous in your home!

And thank you, dear reader, for stopping by! I'll see you back here on Friday with my weekly "What's new at Jubilee Furniture?" post!

Take care!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Yes, Jubilee Furniture is OPEN today from 1 to 8 and tomorrow from 9 to 4! Lots of people are wonderin’!

The first time Good Friday rolled around and I was working at Jubilee Furniture, I assumed we’d be closed. Jubilee Furniture is a division of Outreach Community Ministries – a FAITH-based, social service agency. If you’re a person of faith, Good Friday is a biggie on the religious calendar. Loving, compassionate God – in essence – turned his back on his amazing, beloved son, Jesus – so Jesus could voluntarily, willingly, take on both my sins and the sins of the world and become a sacrifice in order to make a way for me (and you) to have a relationship with a perfect and holy God (that’s a long sentence and it doesn’t flow very well – but I can’t seem to think of a way to say it better without leaving out some key point). The paradoxical, amazing, beautiful part is the necessary separation of Father and Son ended three days later with Jesus’ rising from the dead and ascending into heaven. The heart-break of Good Friday (have always thought it should be called “Bad” Friday) followed quickly by the miraculous healing of Easter Sunday. Does not get any better and deserves a day off of work – amen?

Yet now – today – my fifth Good Friday of working at Jubilee Furniture I think I understand why we keep the store open: 1.) Jubilee Furniture is making money for Outreach – money desperately needed in order to allow Outreach to continue positively impacting lives in DuPage County; 2.) Jesus was forever working and healing on holy days and driving the religious leaders of his day batty. By following his example – I can count on it being a good thing; 3.) it allows me and the rest of the staff/volunteers at Jubilee Furniture an opportunity to interact with some of you who can’t make it out to the store on a normal Friday/Saturday due to your work schedule – and connecting with you is, honestly, one of our favorite things!

So, if you were to head out to Jubilee either today from 1 to 8 or tomorrow from 9 to 4 – what exactly might you find? Excellent question! Let’s take a look at some of the new-to-us stuff we received for donation this week!

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gorgeous LeatherTech leather chair and ottoman for $175

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lovely Nichols & Stone rocker for $95

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sweet Pennsylvania House chair for $60

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bentwood rocker for $35

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floral Alexvale sofa for $40

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black leather sleeper sofa for $65

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amazing, retro, blue (photo doesn’t do credit to the sort of electric blue of this piece) sleeper sofa for $95

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very nice, beige color Sherrill sofa for $145

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I love this oak podium – priced $60

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I think this cool, retro looking end table was hand made (couldn’t find a label) and it’s fabulous and priced $45

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funky student desk for $35

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this is a fantastic Steelcase file cabinet with six drawers and a wood top (which needs to be refinished) for $75

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two door Steelcase storage thingies, priced $45 each and there are four of them

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six drawer dresser priced $50

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ornate chest of drawer for $55; matching two drawer night stand priced $25

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very nice, oak nine drawer dresser priced $95

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lovely maple Sumter chest of drawers priced $85; matching dresser and mirror for $75

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white painted bookcase with two adjustable shelves priced $40 and there are two of ‘em

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gorgeous brushed silver king-size head board, foot board and frame priced $275 (does not include mattress or box spring)

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amazing Thomasville dining room set which includes: table, 2 leaves, 8 chairs and table pads priced $445; buffet with drop leaf ends (ends are raised in this photo) priced $125; gorgeous two piece lighted china cabinet for $275 – buy the whole set for $800 and save $45!

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you have to see these pieces to fully appreciate the whitish wood with darker grain showing through (hard to describe – pretty in person) which include an entertainment center (middle piece) and two bookcases/storage units and I’ve priced the whole thing for $875

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sweet table and two chairs for $35 (table top needs to be refinished)

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table, 2 leaves and four chairs for $85

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table, 1 leaf and six chairs for $145

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gorgeous, amazing, six Nichols & Stone Windsor chairs (two with arms, four without) for $275 for all six!

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lovely side chair for $40

Though we have much to celebrate every Friday and Saturday at Jubilee Furniture – as we remember the cost to both Father and Son on our behalf – there’s just something special in the air this weekend! Hope you’ll come out and see for yourself!

Blessings, grace and love to you, dear reader!