Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Birthday, America!

I love parades.  Marching bands set my feet to tapping.  Veterans make my heart swell with patriotic pride and cry with gratitude.  Add in grown men wearing silly hats and driving either tiny motorcycles or mini-cars and – seriously – what’s not to love!

For several years now I’ve thought Jubilee Furniture should enter a float in Wheaton’s 4th of July parade.  I live in south Wheaton and have been attending the parade for 18 or 19 years – so know it well.  Every year as I’ve thought this thought – while watching the parade – I’d forget about it until the following year as the Indian Princesses and their fathers were streaming past.

But not this year!  I added a reminder to my Outlook calendar – completed the application and submitted it with the proper entry fee with time to spare!  A sub-committee of my volunteer leadership team was formed, plans have been made, banners and t-shirts ordered and prayers for no rain but cooler temperatures duly prayed. 

Yesterday, I called Sherry – the amazing Wheaton Park District employee who’s coordinating the parade (she’s really been fabulous to deal with) – with a small hiccup in our plans. After some back and forth – Sherry laughed and said, “It’s all going to be fine.  Remember, we want the parade to be fun!”

And fun is exactly what we want customers to have when they shop at Jubilee Furniture!   Sure, we hope that fun includes buying a marvelous piece of furniture – and supporting Outreach Community Ministries at the same time (since the proceeds of what we sell help finance Outreach’s programs and services) – but even if it’s just stopping in to browse – we want your experience at the store to be a positive one.

If you came into Jubilee Furniture today between 1 and 8 or tomorrow from 9 to 4 – here are some of the new-to-us things you’ll find (technically, you’ll only – for sure – find them today at 1:00 p.m. since after that they could very well be sold):

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very nice plaid sleeper sofa priced $135

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great vintage rocker/recliner for $65

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excellent oak pedestal coffee table priced $125

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another super nice sleeper sofa – this one is smaller – priced $85

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this sofa is in really good condition – but the seat cushions are a bit lumpy – the sofa is priced $50; dark wood coffee table for $75; matching end tables (and there are two of them) priced $45 each

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this micro-suede chaise by Bauhaus probably started life as part of a sectional – but it really makes a nice chaise and is in excellent condition – priced $95

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two end tables – top opens for storage (see the hinges?) – bases appears to be made from old crates with writing on them – but they might be reproductions (though if they are – they’re excellent ones) – priced $75 each.  Behind photo on left is a Crate and Barrel sofa – in fabulous condition – that’s I forgot to take a photo of that I’ve priced ???  (I think $225? – call me at 630.337.1467 if you want the exact price – sorry!)

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metal outdoor table with four chairs – fine as is but could use a coat of paint – priced $85; market umbrella and stand priced $50

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fabulous chaise by Sealy – needs some spot cleaning – priced $225

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blue velour sleeper sofa – also by Sealy – priced $125

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great Pottery Barn writing desk priced $155 – chairs are from last week and I don’t remember what I priced ‘em – just scroll down to last Friday’s post if you’re interested

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super nice dresser by Century – priced $85

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micro-suede sofa and ottoman – sofa arms are pretty worn/dirty but the rest is in good condition (and isn’t that what throws are for – to hide stuff like that?) – priced $125

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funky retro chairs – five of them for $65; kitchen table is priced $35

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nice ornate end table priced $40 and there are two of them

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This End Up furniture – in excellent condition – cushion color is darker than it looks in my photos – sofa is priced $95; loveseat for $65; chair for $40

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fun vintage dinette set by Kayson – drop leaf table with two chairs priced $40

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neat square table (top needs a little work) priced $65; two chairs from Crate and Barrel are priced $40 each; similar chairs – but different and not from C & B are priced $25 each

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here’s ANOTHER chaise – this one is fabulous, super comfortable and in excellent condition, priced $225; leather cube ottomans are priced $25 each

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painted pine two piece china cabinet priced $50

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gorgeous double pedestal table by Universal with two leaves and table pads priced $225; two chairs on each end are $45 each; and the Calico Corner wingback chairs from last week have been marked down due to stains I didn’t see last week – one is $55 and the other $40

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wonderful arm chair – only one – priced $75

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great smaller desk priced $65

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Alexvale over-sized chair – arms need cleaning – priced $60

So, if you’re planning on attending Wheaton’s 4th of July parade (get details here) – please stay until the very end – because you know they save the best for last – like the Jubilee Furniture float!

We might not bring a tear to your eye or a lump to your throat – but when you see the Jubilee Furniture banners you’ll know the parade is almost over and even for us diehard parade lovers – that’s a good thing!

Peace out, dear reader!

Friday, June 22, 2012

I’m a live person–I just sound like a recording

Twice in the last week – once on the phone and once when I was face to face with a customer – I was told I sounded like a recording.  I do have a standard greeting when I answer the phone (“Good morning/afternoon/evening Jubilee Furniture.  This is Susan.  How may I help you?”) and when I begin explaining who we are and our connection to Outreach Community Ministries (and appreciation for – but NOT connected to – Wheaton Christian Center Church) as well as explain the church’s fairly new rummage sale – and THEN go on to talk about how to shop our store, forms of payment, delivery charges and store hours – and times all of this by 5 1/2 years – twice a week – multiple times those two days – you can easily see why it all might sound somewhat canned.

Yet I never want people to think I’m dishing up some rote message.  How to make things I’ve said – literally – hundreds of times sound fresh and new is a problem.

Thankfully, I have no problem blathering on – in new ways – about all the amazing furniture available for purchase today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4!  The warehouse is packed with fabulous merchandise!  Here’s just a FEW of the new-to-us items you’ll find in our 30,000 square foot showroom!

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gorgeous oak table, one leaf and six chairs – priced $245

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very comfy sofa – feels like down-filled seat cushions – just needs to be cleaned – priced $85

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another nice cream colored sofa – this time a twill and there are great slipcovers if you want to change the look – one seat cushion has a stain but the rest is near perfect (donor always had slipcovers on sofa) priced $95

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fun sofa by Craftwork (Craftworks?) priced $50

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this is a fabulous dining set by Ethan Allen – round table with four chairs (seat cushions need to be spot cleaned) – only issue, there’s a leaf that goes with table and Teresa and I couldn’t open the table far enough to get leaf in (opens a little and then stops) – I would have added another $100 to price if not for this problem – Jubilee Furniture price $195

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two sweet green checked chairs by Calico Corners – one is faded and so priced $65; other is in mint condition and is priced $85

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loveseat also by Calico Corners – and it’s lovely but needs to be cleaned – priced $95

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two matching (though in photos they don’t look matching) floral swivel rockers priced $95 each

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amazing, gorgeous, fabulous pleather vintage chair by the Chair People (in Chicago) – in mint condition priced $95 (what’s with everything priced $95 today?)

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beautiful bedroom set by Dixie – dresser w/mirror priced $95; chest priced $125; not shown: a two drawer night stand for $45; full-size headboard (no frame just the headboard) for $35

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great little dining set from IKEA – tempered glass top table and four stackable chairs – all for $75

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originally a very pricy Room and Board two piece – sofa/chaise – some issues with fabric (and everything just needs to be adjusted – know what I mean?) – needs to be vacuumed (tons of crumbs and stuff under all cushions) priced $125

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this is an amazing gray leather (and parts are pleather) – 6 piece sectional (one end is a chaise and one end is a recliner) – multiple ways to configure based on your floor plan – only issue is pleather has rips on one section of the top of the corner piece – priced $245 (which – in my humble opinion – is a steal)

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lovely sofa and loveseat by Pem-Kay – sofa priced $65; loveseat $45

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this Room and Board sofa is a classic that will go with any style and is amazingly comfortable – whole thing needs to be cleaned (which will cost you around $125 to have it professionally done) – Jubilee Furniture price $195

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neat country-flavor sofa, side chair and two pine end tables (note wood trim on sofa and chair) – sofa is priced $75 (fabric has some pilling); side chair (rip in one arm) $40; end tables $40 each

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this is a nice Ethan Allen gray-tweed sleeper sofa priced $95

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oval outdoor wrought iron table with two bouncy chairs (one chair on top of table – not sure why Nate put it there) – set is priced $55.  That’s Teresa in the background taking notes while I take photos – I so appreciate her help and faithful volunteering at Jubilee!  You’re the best Teresa!

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neat-o Lazboy rocker/recliner priced $65

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lovely round end table (with a pull out piece for your teacup – why can’t you just put your teacup on the top of the end table?) priced $65

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Ethan Allen floral sofa priced $135

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wonderful two piece Broyhill china cabinet priced $185

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butcher block top table (top needs to be refinished) priced $55; wingback chair for $45

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great over-sized Lazboy rocker/recliner priced $85

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I love the high back on this comb back Winsor chair priced $65 (and there are two of them – priced $65 each)

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twin size headboard, footboard, side rails, under bed drawers and bunky board – all for $165; twin mattress priced $50; matching three drawer nightstand priced $45; larger three drawer dresser w/mirror priced $65

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retro dresser w/mirror (some veneer coming off and mirror has corner cracked off) priced $40; matching chest of drawers for $65

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massive dresser with mirrored hutch priced $50

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wonderful Ethan Allen wall unit includes: two, three drawer dressers each with bookcase hutch, desk, lighted bridge and bulletin board – all for $195; chair is priced $35

So, if you stop in the store and engage me in conversation and think I sound like a recording – a polite “ahem” and a chuckle should be good reminders that I need to press my “pause” button, stop worrying about the ten other things which are distracting me from being fully present with you and relax – since I’m genuinely glad you’re at Jubilee Furniture and thrilled to connect with you.  Truly.

Because bottom line, I am passionate about my work and about you, dear reader – and all my customers, volunteers, donors and those served through Outreach and there’s nothing mechanical, recorded or rote about that!

Note: Many thanks to Joy for taking the photos and providing the Friday weekly update post last week!  You’ll hear from Joy again in a couple of weeks.