Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Customer Inspiration - Michelle's creative and sweet baby shower book nook!

Welcome!  If you're newer to the blog, let me explain what happens on Tuesdays - IF - a wonderful customer has emailed me photos. 

Starting with the certain knowledge that all Jubilee Furniture customers are amazing, creative, environmentally careful and smart with their money - I decided I wanted to harness these things in order to inspire others.  So, I began encouraging customers to send me photos - and a brief description of whatever they did to whatever they purchased from the furniture store - in order to post said photos/descriptions for a wider audience to view and possibly imitate.

If you click on the Customer Inspirations tab above - you'll see thumbnail photos of previous posts that will truly encourage and inspire you!  Some of the posts show seriously transformed pieces and some simply how nice used furniture can look inside a lovely home.  Either way - it's fun to see what people have done with things purchased from a dimly lit warehouse in Carol Stream, Illinois.

Here's the email I received last week:

Hi Susan,  

I came into Jubilee back in the beginning of June and bought a book shelf for a baby shower. Thought I would share how it turned out!  The theme for the baby shower was Baby Book Club and everyone brought a book instead of a card.  Instead of playing a game during the shower, I had all the shower guests put their hand prints on the piece as a tribute to the baby!  I really love how it came out!


If I can read the price tag showing in the before photo - it looks like Michelle paid $18 for this storage piece.  Just by painting this fairly generic piece white - Michelle instantly improved it 100%!   Add in the colorful and meaningful hand prints and this piece - perfect for large flat picture books - is off the charts fabulous!  How sweet and what a special piece of furniture for this new baby!

This is such a great idea that would work in so many different ways!  Maybe instead of hand prints, have each guest write a note with permanent marker and sign their name or do the hand prints on a toy chest or...

What fun and many thanks to Michelle for her splendid idea!

I'll see you on Friday for my weekly update post, dear reader!  Until then - take care!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hot enough for you?

I’ve lived in Illinois – basically my whole life – and I don’t remember ever complaining about the heat as much as I have this summer.  We, Chicagoans, are forever comparing cold and snow horror stories– but to go on and on about how hot it is?  Sure, there have been intense heat waves in the past – but as implied in the word “wave”, they’ve been brief.

The heat even impacted my staycation last week.  I had plans to do lots of gardening as well as clean up and spray paint two metal tables I purchased from Jubilee a while ago – and I did neither.  Not to say my time off wasn’t lovely – it was – just reading/napping in the cool house lovely (a big THANK YOU to Joy for taking photos and writing the weekly update post last week!).

One of my favorite volunteers, Mary; and one of my favorite customers, Judy – both have health issues which have kept them either house-bound or carefully moving from one air-conditioned place to another – in an air-conditioned vehicle. Since Jubilee Furniture has no air-conditioning neither has been able to come into the store all summer (insert sad face here).

Thankfully, for most people the fact the store isn’t air-conditioned doesn’t impact them too much.  This is where our dim interior and lack of windows actually helps keep things cooler than the intense sun and heat of the outside.

And what might you find in our dim/windowless store this week?  So many amazing things that though I snapped 45 photos – there was still a ton of stuff un-photographed.

So, I guess you’re just going to have to come in yourself either today from 1 to 8 or tomorrow from 9 to 4 to see it all!  But here are the photos I did take:

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these lovely mission-style pieces are by Jonathan Louis – the sofa is priced $185; and the loveseat $145.  The third photo is of – what appears to be – permanent maker on the arm of loveseat

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these mission-style pieces are in excellent condition and by Shermag – the computer desk is priced $155; matching rolling file drawer for $65

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we received for donation a lovely set of antique walnut chairs that we decided to sell individually.  There is only one arm chair and it’s priced $45; there are five arm-less chairs and they are $30 each

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though this vintage dining set by Virtue of California needs some work (the white leather on the four director’s chairs are in need of either repairs or replacement and there are some small areas on the chrome which are beginning to rust) – it is beyond fabulous!  Priced $595

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totally futurist – Jetson-like – sofa/futon and chair (that has storage and also lies flat – bed for a toddler?) manufactured by istikbal.  The sofa/futon is priced $195; the chair is $135.  Some minor spot cleaning will makes these look like new!

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amazing antique school table for kindergarten size children – and the legs fold up – priced $195

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lovely yellow painted wicker side table for $40; Calico Corner chair for $25 (chair isn’t new this week)

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set of six wrought iron outdoor chairs – which we’ve also priced individually – $12 each.  Clean these up – spray paint them your favorite happy color and – BAM – you’ve got a fabulous piece!

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matching chaise with cushion is priced $45

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this is a lovely antique white armoire (it’s missing one door pull) that offers a ton of storage in a small space – priced $145

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fantastic oak table (no leaves) with four chairs – chairs have pressed wood design – priced $165

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fun red color to these micro-suede pieces – sofa is priced $45; other piece (sofa? chaise?) is also $45 – both pieces are worn and have some stains.  Cool marble (I think) top round coffee table which is also priced $45

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this is a lovely dining set of yellow-ish painted wood – there’s a pedestal table and two leaves (leaves are much darker in color than the table which must have faded over time) and six chairs (one of the arm chairs has been repaired) – priced $175

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if not for the two issues that I’ve taken photos of – this is a really nice three piece leather sectional is a great grayish-blue color.  The worn spot is on the last seat cushion on the right side as you’re facing the sectional and the burn-looking mark is on the seat cushion on the corner piece.  Priced $65

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IKEA table with four chairs priced $75

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these mahogany pieces where probably purchased in 1944 or 1945 when the donor’s father returned from serving in World War 2.  The donor told me the manufacturer was “White Mountain” – but the label just says “White” – and there’s another “White Co.” who also manufactured furniture – so I’m not sure which it is.  Regardless – these are fabulous pieces (not in perfect condition – but in good condition) the dresser with mirror is priced $185; matching chest of drawer is also $185; night stand for $40

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two great orange side chairs priced $45 each; lovely wood and bamboo hall or entry table priced $40

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great sofa for $65

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these pieces might be my favorite from this week – they’re this fabulous greenish/yellowish color and I love the curved shape of them!  One chair is priced $60; and the other chair with ottoman is $75 (ottoman fabric is pretty ripped)

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this is an amazing antique cupboard (open the doors and there are shelves) with two drawers at the bottom – it’s been refinished – priced $265

How have you been impacted by the heat this summer?  Are you one of the few who’s loving it?  Will we be comparing electric bills to see whose was higher after running our air conditioning from June through September 24/7?  Isn’t it incredibly unfair that some of us get red in the face, sweaty and rumpled looking as soon as we set foot outside whereas others always look cool, perspiration free and neat no matter how high the temperature gets?  What are the odds we’ll go from needing the air on to needing the heat on overnight?  Ahh, Illinois how we love to hate your weather!

And that, dear reader, is my heat/furniture story for today!

Stay cool!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Going Green

Hello Reader, today's theme is GREEN!

First of all, Jubilee is a great place to go GREEN and repurpose old furniture.  Jubilee's warehouse is chock full of quality furniture that just needs a new home (perhaps your house?).  Some pieces just need a new environment to bring the sparkle back while others needs a little more TLC.  Check out this great tutorial about painting old furniture.  

Lastly, Jubilee saves you money (which is colored GREEN).  The furniture is priced to sell and all proceeds benefit the Outreach Community Center.  Jubilee takes green money and also plastic credit cards.

And one more green pun- I am GREEN with envy that Susan is on vacation this week!  Hopefully she is some place glamorous and exotic. 

I hope you come to visit Jubilee this weekend (Friday 1-8, Saturday 9-4) 


Very cute wooden church bench- perfect for sitting close to your loved one. $245.

 Some GREEN couches!! Large sofa is priced at $155 while the love seat is $125.

This tiled coffee table wasn't priced when I took the picture, but looks great with the green sofas.

Awesome black wire chairs- perfect for sitting outside in this weather. Each chair is $40.00


These GREEN chairs are the coolest item this week, in my opinion.  Banard & Simonds Co chairs from Grand Rapids, $75 each (there are two).

For some reason my camera made these pieces seem a lot brighter yellow than they actually are...  you'll have to stop by this weekend to view these beauties in person. Lovely gold wingback chairs, $95 each.  Beautiful Heritage sofa $225.

This white sofa is really unique!  $275 for this antique, double cane sofa with two matching accent pillows.

 Sweet vintage tea cart- the sides go up to make it a large space and the tray is removable. $100.

While I was taking the pictures of the tea cart, I got distracted by this amazingly comfortable Room and Board rug. It's a floor sample priced for $65 and looks like this one on their website.  8'2" by 11'6"

This beautiful shelving unit is priced at $135.  This is one of those pieces that would be really amazing with a spray paint in a fun color.  Perhaps green??

Marble topped coffee table for $45.  It matches two end tables that were already in the store! (see below picture)

 Marble topped end table, $35 (there are two).

Black metal lounge chairs, $35 each.

Cozy plaid armchair, $55.

Green stripped Hickory Hills love seat, $65.

Hickory dining table with  2 leaves, table pad and 6 chairs. $345.  AND it goes really well with the hutch and buffet in the top picture.

Again, my camera is playing tricks on you with the color.  The love seat is a pretty gold color, priced at $45.  American of Martinsville armchairs, $65 each.

This is the deal of the week!  This wooden chest is only $5!!  It does have a lot of scratches on it, but this is the perfect project to DIY into something special.

Oooooh, Someone will be getting very lucky with this great find!  Metal patio furniture with red cushions.  Patio chairs- $20/each, chaise patio chairs- $55/each, tea cart (with removable tray) $20, patio table w/2 chairs- $80.  This set is in wonderful condition!

Very practical outside storage locker- $50.

 I hope you are inspired to come to Jubilee this weekend to pick out the perfect items for your home!