Friday, December 30, 2011

JUBILEE FURNITURE WILL BE OPEN TODAY FROM 1 TO 8 AND TOMORROW FROM 9 TO 4! REPEAT, JUBILEE FURNITURE WILL BE OPEN…

As much as I love the holidays, when you manage a store that’s only open two days each week, at this time of the year it’s super confusing for customers to know when we’re open and when we’re not. No matter how many signs I post, how often I mention it here or how many times I change the phone message (“Hello! You’ve reached Jubilee Furniture and general manager, Susan Galbraith…our store hours are Fridays 1 to 8 and Saturdays 9 to 4 and we WILL be open Friday, December 30th and Saturday, December 31st our regular hours.”) – inevitably someone will mention next weekend how they desperately need some piece of furniture that we’ll sell today or tomorrow and they’ll glare at me and exclaim how they had NO idea we were open New Year’s Eve day (or the day before NYE day) and I’ll feel horrible. Failed. Again.

Overall, I’m fairly confident in my abilities and don’t usually feel like a big loser but I hate disappointing people, hate them feeling like I’ve let them down. Yet now that I’m thinking about it – this job regularly lands me in that position. It might be someone who had furniture to donate and didn’t know about us or someone needing to buy something and paying full price when Jubilee Furniture had a less expensive option for a better quality piece.

Thankfully, before I get myself too tied up in knots – I realize I’ll never be able to communicate to everyone who might want to donate or shop about the store (not that I won’t continue to improve at getting our message out) – and I take a deep breath, square my shoulders and mentally prepare my response – “I’m so sorry you didn’t realize we were open on the 30th and 31st! Next time I’ll personally hand-deliver the engraved invitation to you.” Maybe no? *smile*

The worst part is there’s so much amazing furniture for purchase this week! Lots for unaware customers to get angry over! Let’s take a peek:

fabulous Ethan Allen oversized chair for $145

great round, tufted ottoman for $45

Flexsteel chair for $65

fantastic Room and Board sofa – a few fabric pulls on the back cushions – priced $225

nice Bauhaus sofa for $135

unbelievable, retro, chartreuse colored velvet, curved sofa for $195 – in excellent condition

we received THREE sets of bunk beds this week – this first set is priced $145 (does not include the mattresses) and includes two bunky boards

super sweet bedroom set by Pilliod Furniture includes: twin size sleigh head board, foot board and side rails priced $145; one drawer night stand for $35; chest of drawers (taller piece) priced $125; dresser priced $95; twin mattress and box spring is $135. The furniture is a creamy off-white and each knob is different. Excellent condition.

wonderful twin size captain’s bed priced $165; twin mattress and box spring for
$135

older maple bunk beds priced $125 (does not include ladder or top safety rail) – twin mattress priced either $25 or $35 (forgot to write it down – sorry)
final set of bunk beds – oak in excellent condition – this set also includes two bunky boards (and a ladder and top safety rail) priced $225; twin mattresses shown are $95 each

neat Sligh & Lowry chest of drawers for $55; matching desk is also $55
nice Thomasville bedroom set includes: long dresser with mirror for $195; tall armoire (top opens and there are shelves) priced $145; night stand for $50 (only one night stand)

massive oak table with three leaves and six chairs for $135

this Broyhill set includes: table with 1 leaf, table pads and 8 chairs (some of the caning is pulling away from the side of the chairs) for $150; two piece lighted china cabinet for $95; buffet for $45

this is a pallet of brand new boxes that Dan wrapped into sets of five – the smaller banker’s boxes we’re selling one set for $3; larger boxes are $5 for a set of five

very nice Room and Board sofa – only problem the seam in the middle of the seat cushion has come apart – so sad – sofa is priced $85

fabulous Howell retro table with one leaf and two chairs for $60

lovely old desk with leather top priced $145

So, in case you’ve read this far and are still unclear on whether Jubilee Furniture will be open today and tomorrow allow me to clarify. Hot chocolate. Starlight. Orange – both the color and the fruit.

Dear reader, I would never insult your intelligence!

Wishing you an amazing and marvelous, growing and learning 2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

'Twas the day before the day before Christmas, when all through the house

Need a break from pesky baking, cleaning, wrapping and decorating? Then plan on heading over to Jubilee Furniture today between 1 and 8 and stroll through 30,000 square feet of warehouse jammed-packed with amazing, quality used furniture! Seriously, we’re going to have to start hanging furniture from the rafters!

Arrive between 1 and 3 and I hope you’ll find a red-coated, white whiskered, jolly gentleman waiting to greet one and all with a hearty, “Ho, ho, ho!” (I had a hard time getting a hold of Mr. Claus – not surprising given all that’s on his plate at this time of year – so I’m a tiny bit worried about him not showing up – yikes).

Remember, Jubilee Furniture will be CLOSED tomorrow – but back to our normal Fridays 1 to 8 and Saturdays 9 to 4 on December 30th and 31st!

What follows is a small selection of what’s currently for sale and some of the “new” stuff picked up this week:

this is a gorgeous down-filled cushioned sofa – with a unique high skirt around the bottom – in excellent condition (the only thing I could find wrong was the hem is coming out along the front) priced $265

 this is a five piece sectional – overall needs to be cleaned – priced $135 for the whole shebang

very nice corduroy sofa – only issue is two of the back cushions are pulling away from the back of the sofa (they’re supposed to be attached) – priced $95

fantastic McCreary/Room and Board two piece sectional (two cushion section pulls out to a full-sized bed) in micro-suede for $375 (donor told me they purchased it in ‘07 for $2,800) – needs some spot cleaning

there are two of these amazing side chairs – there’s a cool pleat in the back of each – and they’re a greenish/blue color – by Brayton International – priced $75 each

very nice Smithe Craft sofa for $165

elegant rolling chrome and glass cart for $45

unbelievable McCreary sofa – in like-new condition – a taupe/gray twill (only issue is with one of the legs, the screw got striped and we used wood-filler to reattach) clean lines, sits low to the floor – priced $495

great retro leather and chrome swing chair for $95

lovely table, two leaves, table pads and six chairs all for $235

sweet round oak pedestal table with four chairs for $165

 moss green sofa priced $50; matching love seat for $35

wonderful glass and metal coffee table for $75; two retro folding chairs, one is priced $5 and the other $2 (vinyl seat is ripped)

neat retro china cabinet – extensive water damage on one side (side away from the camera) – also missing some hardware – priced $18.50

nice table, 2 leaves and six chairs for $125

 fantastic Krueger and Howell fiberglass stackable chairs in black – Krueger chairs are priced $50 each and we have ten of ‘em ; Howell chairs are $40 each and we have five (little oval drop-leaf table is from last week and it’s $25)

nice chair and ottoman for $95

super clean – hardly used – sleeper sofa – faded but overall faded so it looks like that’s the way it’s supposed to be – priced $65

cream leather love seat (wear on seat cushions) priced $45 and there’s an identical one also priced $45

wonderful wrought iron table base with mirror top and two wrought iron chairs priced $75 for the set

two piece Vanguard sectional – on a couple of seat cushions the fabric is starting to fray/tear (rest is in good condition) priced $95

I’m taking a couple of days off next week – so there’ll be no Tuesday post (don’t have anything to share with you anyway – hint, hint – email me photos of your Jubilee Furniture furniture at sgalbraith@outreachcommin.org – PLEASE!) – but I’ll be back a week from today with another Friday update post!

Until then, dear reader –

“But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!”