Friday, April 27, 2012

Love in action is a powerful thing!

My two kids have some amazing friends that I love dearly.   Now that most of them are in their twenties, many are grappling with tough issues around social justice and world events and how to reconcile their privileged upbringing with the way 2/3rds of the world’s population live – and it’s hard.

You don’t want to ignore it but you can easily become overwhelmed by the brokenness around us which can lead to depression and lethargy.  What to do?

This question is especially challenging if you’re a person of faith where sacrificial serve, kindness and love to others, and helping the helpless is encouraged.  Though I’d love to have an answer for Abby, Jack and their friends – I don’t.

I do, however, know that I’m called – as a Jesus follower – to love others.  Love. Others.  Simple concept – hard to live out.  It’s even hard to love those who love us back – and it looks different for each of us.  Yet there’s an element of loving others that’s the same for all.  Loving others involves some type of action on our part.

That action of loving others might look for you like living in a third world country and – one person at a time – offering hope and healing.  Or moving to the inner city and becoming an oasis of peace and hospitality in a hostile and often violent world.

Drill down even more and it might look like watching a neighbor’s young children while she/he goes grocery shopping – or – gets some much needed alone time.  It might be the gift of listening – without trying to solve or fix – without interruption for as long as someone needs you to.  Will either of these things change the world?  No.  Will they bless and possibly encourage someone?  Yes.

Loving others through our actions is what we’re constantly trying to do at Jubilee Furniture.  With a primarily volunteer staff – the donation of a person’s time (what a valuable resource!) is a beautiful way of loving our customers and helping the community (the proceeds of what we sell at the furniture store are helping to support the programs and services offered by Outreach Community Ministries). 

Though only open two days each week (Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4) – all are welcome to browse our 30,000 square feet of quality used furniture.

Here are some photos of the new-to-us-this-week stuff available for purchase:

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great retro chair with pale yellow vinylish fabric priced $65

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two piece sectional in wonderful blue brushed twill fabric (design team staged this with the two piece separated – but can be pushed together) priced $165.  Wonderful condition!

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Two 1958 Cherner side chairs – laminated molded, walnut veneer by Norman Cherner.  One chair needs one leg repaired (see how it’s splitting in photo?) and the other chair has the beginning of the same problem with one leg.  Selling the pair for $750

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hard to see in this photo – but I was trying to take a picture of a smallish metal and plastic retro bookcase which is priced $35

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fantastic butcher block top drop leaf table with four super solid chairs – priced $195 for the whole thing

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wonderful wicker – white wicker chair with cushion for $50 (and there are two chairs); sofa priced $85; rocker priced $65; fun cube ottoman for $25

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funky micro-fiber chairs – they sit lower to the ground than a normal chair – priced $55 each

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structurally great pieces – just issues with fading – sofa is priced $50; oversized chair for $40; ottoman for $25 (ottoman is so faded it looks like a different color from the other two pieces)

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lovely Broyhill dining set – table top is pristine – table, one leaf, six chairs (only one has arms) and table pads for $325 (chairs have some caning issues); rolling buffet for $75; two piece lighted china cabinet for $135

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nice wingbacks by Highland House – but need to be reupholstered – priced $35 each

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we received a donation of a BRAND NEW executive “U” desk by DMI Office Furniture which retails for $7,000 – our priced $3,995 – set includes executive desk, bridge, credenza, two drawer file drawer, tall storage/file drawer – all in cherry finish.  Some issues (which is why it was donated), bridge has a slightly different stain than desk and credenza, there’s some slight damage to one of the interior file drawers and some minor chips out of one of the shelves in the tall piece.  Great, working, comfortable desk chairs – $125 each

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fabulous king-size four poster bed in pine by Kincaid – priced $195

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BUNKBEDS – we haven’t had a set in ever so long – this is a fantastic set that includes under-bed storage drawers and two bunky boards – all for $325 (twin mattresses sold separately)

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amazing retro oval table that includes Water of Wabash sliding mechanisms (but no leaves) priced $95

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unique Klaussner chaises have curve and widen at end for an inviting look in a comfy brushed velvet fabric – one has some worn places in upholstery and is priced lower than the other.  Some wear chaise $145; No issues chaise $175

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lovely Lexington six drawer drawer with mirror priced $95; three drawer dresser for $65; two drawer night stand for $35

So, to my kids and all their friends – I offer this response to the inequities and horrors of the world – don’t be overwhelmed by the brokenness but simply start by loving those around you – don’t let differences get in your way – and turn that love into action. 

Through love based action you, dear reader, can impact a life and turn your piece of the world upside down!

Ack!  If this sounds preachy I apologize!  I almost deleted the whole thing but then realized the time…yikes!  I really am trying to encourage my kids and their friends to live lives where loving others is put into action on a daily basis.  Sometimes I verbalize this but I mostly try to model it.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Grand Opening of “Treasures in Rummage”!

As much as I appreciate Wheaton Christian Center (the church that owns the building where Jubilee Furniture is located), as you might remember – Jubilee Furniture is a division of Outreach Community Ministries and the proceeds of everything we sell is helping to restore hope and provide opportunities to area children and families through Outreach’s programs and services.

Recognizing how well Jubilee’s been doing; successfully holding a rummage sale about four years ago; and having two amazing woman, Sandra and Alberta, willing to coordinate a more permanent resale store on the east side of our line of metal bookcases – plans and work and organizing and more work and painting and additionally lighting and sorting and pricing – have all been happening for the last two years leading up to…

TODAY Wheaton Christian Center’s resale store – “Treasures in Rummage” is opening!  Their hours are different from Jubilee Furniture’s – which could be a little confusing if it weren’t for how smart all Jubilee Furniture customers are!

Wheaton Christian Center’s “Treasures in Rummage” is open:

  • Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Outreach Community’s Jubilee Furniture is open:

  • Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Though “Treasures in Rummage” will also have furniture for sale (nothing like a little healthy competition!) it’s a more traditional resale store with lots of clothing – men’s, women’s children’s – toys, household items, collectibles, weekly 99 cent specials and monthly silent auctions. 

You now have TWO reasons to stop by 610 E. North Ave. in Carol Stream!  Though when both store are open there’ll be an interior “hall” between the two – more often you’ll be entering “Treasures in Rummage” through their new double glass doors which are located a bit east (to the left as you’re facing the front of the building) of our front doors.  We ask that all purchases be completed at one store prior to moving to the other and though “Treasures in Rummage” might make some tweaks as they go along – for now – they’re planning on being open every Friday/Saturday just like Jubilee Furniture.

Continuing with the “treasures” theme – if I had to change Jubilee Furniture’s name this week, two immediately come to mind – “Treasures Galore” or “Stools/Chairs/Couches R Us”.  Don’t believe me?  Let’s take a look at some of the new-to-us items available:

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two very nice, super comfy, loveseats in excellent condition priced $165 each

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super fun retro chairs $65 each; lovely side table $45

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neat-o orange vintage chair for $55; handcrafted side table for $60

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Crate and Barrel micro-suede sofa (some very minor spot cleaning needed) priced $245

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three different things going on in these two photos: fabulous – like new – Crate and Barrel table with one leaf (leaf is in table in this photo) priced $250; eight chairs (six armless, two arm chairs flanking buffet) by Davis (sold wood – caning in excellent condition) priced $295 for all eight; matching Davis brand rolling buffet (great hardware, beautiful piece) priced $175

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Room and Board micro-suede sofa priced $195 – great piece, needs some spot cleaning

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fabulous vinyl topped, low ottomans priced $45 each

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totally amazing, fabulous, excellent condition retro chairs (each with a contrasting pillow which is hard to see in the photos) priced $85 each

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fantastic 89” long Room and Board sofa in sorta a brunt orange (reddish orange?) color fabric priced $295 – needs to be cleaned but even adding $100 for cleaning you’ll have an amazing piece (retails for $1,799)

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funkadelic chairs priced $65 each

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gorgeous McCreary arm-less chairs priced $165 each

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Room and Board sofa priced $145 (and needs to be cleaned)

Here are where the stools start (with other furniture mixed in).  We received a donation of brand new stools – many still with price tags on ‘em – but the catch is there’s only one stool of each style.  If you’re going for an eclectic look at your breakfast bar, we got ya covered!

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swivel stool priced $65

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adjustable black velvet and chrome swivel stool priced $75

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gorgeous tufted bench for $75

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both stools in this photo swivel and are priced $65 each

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swivel stool towards the front of this photo is $65; non-swivel stool toward back right corner of photo is $35; tall swivel stool next to $35 stool is also $35

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swivel stool priced $65

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amazing black leather (I think leather?) and chrome swivel stool priced $75

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fabulous yellow satin retro couch priced $135 (needs to be cleaned); retro coffee table is $30

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here’s another pair of fun vintage chairs priced $40 each

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light gray sofa by Directional (fabric reminds me of kite material) priced $35

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lovely side chair – upholstery needs to be cleaned – priced $65

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wonderful vintage one piece china cabinet for $95

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this loveseat will make you want to get your groove on! – and it’s in mint condition (probably due to the fact that NOTHING could damage this upholstery!) priced $65

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unusual entry table (sorry photo’s so bad – it’s a super cool piece) priced $195

At this point in my photo taking – I pooped out.  In my defense it was 8:00 p.m. and I’d been working since 8:00 a.m. but trust me when I say there are EVEN MORE treasures to be found– now 60,000 square feet of treasures (when you add in all the amazing merchandise in “Treasures in Rummage”’s inventory) – and you simply have to come in and see for yourself!

Of course, you – dear reader – are the greatest treasure of all!  No question about it.