Friday, January 25, 2013

“Ahem–do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti…”

This is the third year my family has made Christmas presents for each other and my son used a wood burning tool and burned a special quote into a block of wood for each of us.

My quote is from Henry David Thoreau:

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still with them.”

When I opened my gift and read it – I started crying – partly tears of amazement since it’s a cool block of knotty wood that he stained and partly because I don’t want to live that way.  I want to sing my song – as beautifully, uniquely, true to myself, yet aware and respectful of others as I possibly can – every single day.

Interestingly, this gift has made me much more aware of when I hold back – don’t sing my song – especially words of encouragement or comfort when it’s someone I don’t know very well.  I find myself thinking, “It might make them uncomfortable.”; “I’m sure they have friends or family who support them already.”; “Since I can’t offer any REALLY assistance, my words are pointless.”

As someone whose theme song is “I am woman hear me roar” – I’m surprised at the number of times I hesitate to reach out to others thinking my actions and words might be intrusive.

Yet reaching out to those in need is exactly what Outreach Community Ministries does each and every day.  Our programs and services are providing hope and opportunities to those who often have neither.

The proceeds of everything Jubilee Furniture sells is supporting the work at Outreach.  Your donation, your purchase and your time volunteering are all critical parts of the equation.

The store is open Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4.  What follows are photos of some of the furniture which was donated this week:

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fabulous side chair is cool basket-weave pattern – couple of worn spots on corners – priced $55

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we have lots of amazing artwork in the store – something people don’t always realize – just got in these horse/rider prints – nicely matted and framed – priced $25 each

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great plaid Bassett sofa – some worn spots in fabric – priced $95

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sweet drop leaf maple coffee table priced $65

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McCreary loveseat – seat cushions ripped and need to be re-upholstered – priced $40

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this American Signature loveseat also has some issues but more along the lines of needing to be cleaned (though you can see where the hem has come out at the bottom of the front skirt) priced $40

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though this black painted round table top needs to be refinished – it’s got the coolest chrome legs I’ve ever seen! – priced $45

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amazing Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams square table with one leaf – note where finish has come off of one of the legs (weird) – priced $195

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lots of seating on this long sofa priced $125

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Broyhill sofa in excellent condition priced $185; matching loveseat also in excellent shape is $125

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similar set also by Broyhill – but slightly different floral pattern and not quite as perfect (though almost): loveseat is $95; chair is priced $45; sofa is $145

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white desk with chair is priced $ 45

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these are three Sauder pieces – two low ones and one square taller one (which is on top of the two low ones).  Square piece has two doors with one shelf behind the doors, one open cube and one with divider/shelves and is priced $75; one of the low pieces is simply an open space and is priced $35; matching low piece has a door with one shelf behind it and is priced $50.  All have funky feet and can be arranged (if you bought ‘em all) in lots of different ways!

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neutral sofa priced $85; matching loveseat (I noticed one stain on seat cushion) priced $40

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sleeper sofa – needs to be cleaned – priced $75

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interesting loveseat priced $65; round side table is $35

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vintage two door end table or night stand is priced $30

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nice maple dresser – new top in a different finish has been added – priced $45

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need a massive surface for feeding a ton of people?  Are you a crafter who can’t get enough table space?  Have I got the table for you!  These two retro folding tables are 9’ by 30” – wood, top painted green – priced $165 each

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nice media unit priced $95

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lighting is another thing Jubilee Furniture has in abundance – looks at this cool retro hanging chandler! – priced $30

What’s the song in you, dear reader?  My prayer is – today, right now – you sing it with all you got, with gusto, since truly no one else can possibly sing your song and there would be nothing sadder than your song unsung.

Friday, January 18, 2013

“And I’ll be my brother’s keeper. So the whole world would know that we’re not alone.” Matt Maher

Due to a series of unusual events, at 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon my Thursday design team was done and I had almost completed my pricing/photo taking.  The fact I was wrapping up was the unusual piece – I’m typically working until 5 or even 6 p.m. getting things priced (and even then I miss any number of items!).  Knowing we’d all been working since early that morning without a break – I asked if anyone wanted to go and grab some lunch.

What happened next wasn’t anything special – and yet it was nothing short of remarkable.  Four middle aged women talked and laughed over sandwiches for the next hour and a half.  We learned more about each other as we shared stories about our kids, our parents, our husbands.  As we left I felt so grateful to have a ever widening circle of people I can share life with.

Similarly, I hope everyone who walks through the front doors at Jubilee Furniture (store hours are Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4) senses all of the following:

  • a genuine appreciation that you’ve come
  • a desire to help in whatever way we can
  • a hope to connect with you in a way that feels honoring and valuing of who you are
  • a wish to share a few minutes of life with you to remind us both we are not alone and though this world holds an immense capacity for hurt and pain, thankfully – I  believe – it holds an even larger capacity for friendship, laughter, grace and kindness

And – oh yeah – we also have 30,000 square feet of amazing used furniture!  What follows are photos of some of the furniture donated this week:

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beautiful cherry table, 2 leaves and 6 chairs all for $345

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sweet drop leaf table with two chairs for $85

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wonderful side chair priced $95

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four painted chairs priced $75 for all four; round glass top table is from last week (it has a metal base and I am seriously in love with it) priced $125

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two pieces by Room & Board – but both are very faded – the sofa is priced $195; over-sized chair is $125

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lovely desk w/hutch priced $125; matching bookcase is $65

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blue painted bookcase w/drop down writing surface is $45; bookcase is $35

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amazing black and gold painted record/storage cabinet – legs are a little wobbly – priced $45; cool gold “donut” lamp is $35

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writing desk with hutch is priced $65

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great leather sofa priced $275

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wood sofa or entry table for $95

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lovely dresser w/mirror is priced $115; matching armoire is $75

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great sofa priced $165; matching chairs are $95 each

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lovely table with THREE leaves priced $85

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fabulous queen size head board, two storage towers, lighted bridge and triple mirror – priced $185 for all

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how amazing is this teak media stand which can open and become a writing desk?  Very amazing!  Priced $75

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nice sleeper sofa is priced $95; blue ottoman is $20

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extra long sofa is priced $125

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great side chair are $65 each; square end table with glass top is $35

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wooden futon with mattress is $135; cool coffee table (love the detail) is only $20

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great small round pedestal table for $40

Blessings to you, dear reader!