Friday, May 28, 2010

Thank you

to the servicemen and women who have fought, and are currently fighting, for my freedom. Thank you also to those who died defending this country. On this Memorial Day weekend we especially want to remember those who have given everything in service to their country. Thank you.

With Wheaton's Memorial Day parade scheduled for Monday, May 31 starting at 10:00 a.m. (for details go to and click on calendar of events) and Elmhurst's parade starting at 9:30 ( you have plenty of time either today (Friday 1 to 8) or tomorrow (Saturday 9 to 4) to stop by Jubilee Furniture to check out what's "new" without missing a single marching band or firetruck! As always, I have some photos of the most recent additions to our inventory:

hands down, this is my favorite piece this week (though I also very much like some cool mid-century orange chairs we got in too - you'll see photos below). It's a stainless steel rolling kitchen island which measures 5' long, 2' wide and 34" high and priced $295

we got in a Howard Miller grandfather clock a week ago and I forgot to show you - so am doing so now. It works, lovely chimes every 15 minutes, and is priced $550

floral rocker/recliner for $50

what I love about this sofa w/chaise is you can have the chaise on either end of the sofa - or - not use it at all! It's a Max House sofa and priced $165

dresser $95 and matching desk w/chair for $40

table, 1 leaf and 5 chairs for $75

Steelcase task table for $45 (and we have three of them) and the chairs are by J.G. Furniture Co. and priced $20 each

round table for $65 and six chairs for $75 (for all six of 'em)

here are the orange chairs I mentioned earlier. I love the seamless line of the upholstered part which flows from the front to behind the back of the chair - can you see what I mean? They sit low, but are very comfortable (because of the angle of the seat) and I couldn't find any thing to identify who manufactured them. The fabric is actually zippered onto the frame and then stapled - does that help anyone? I priced them $75 each and I don't know if that's a steal or not. I guess time will tell!

this is a huge sectional - it's actually 5 pieces - two pieces recline and there is a sleeper in another one of the sections. We took one of the armless pieces out of the configuration - but you can add it back in which would actually better balance the short part of the "L" and is priced $245

looks like stone - but without the weight! Unique coffee table for $95

okay these Room & Board pieces require some "splainin" (name the character and TV show which debuted on 10/15/1951 who said "splainin"). There is a sofa and chair and they look pretty good in my top photos - but look at the bottom photos. The pieces originally had a pattern impressed onto the fabric which appears to have disappeared with wear. They're not bad - other than the disappearing pattern and some stains and I've priced them to sell - sofa for $35 and chair for $50 (chair's in better condition than the sofa - thus the higher price tag). Remember all sales are final!

we really got in some cool mid-century pieces this week - here's a yellow leather (I think - it's hard for me to tell leather from really good fake stuff) chair and the white frame is metal for $65, sofa for $85 and coffee table for $40 and the pieces are very heavy (just an interesting note)

gorgeous three piece sectional with chaise for $395

Steelcase armless desk chair (note the four prong legs) with nubby orange fabric for $50 (and we got in 3? 4? of these plus two with arms which I priced - I think - $65 and one of the armed ones is a different color)

this is a buttery yellow sofa by Klaussner - which ServiceMaster just professionally cleaned yesterday - priced $125 - thank you ServiceMaster!

Though I certainly hope you have a wonderful weekend of connecting with friends and family, don't forget to take a moment and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country as well as all who have served, currently are serving and their families. Thank you and God's peace and blessings on you.

And to you too, dear reader!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wag more, bark less...

is my new motto to live by. I saw it last week on a bumper sticker and it made me smile. If I did maintain an attitude of excitement, always on the lookout for fun, easy to please and spent less time getting worked up about stuff - which in the big scheme of things almost never really matters - I would be...Relaxed? Fun to be around? Easily distracted? Not allowed on the furniture?

Since it's been awhile since I've written, "What does this have to do with Jubilee Furniture? Nothing." I figured you probably missed my weird little rabbit trails and I would hop down one!

So, what's the deal with my weekly update occurring on Wednesday night, you ask? Excellent question. Tomorrow I'm off to Upland, IN to pick up my son (insert happy dance here) - who's just finishing his freshman year at Taylor University. At first I thought I would write an entry Friday morning - as usual - but without photos and simply list the stuff Dan and Chris picked up this week. "But what's a write-up without photos?" - I thought - and headed up to the store and took a few photos to give you a taste of what's "new" this week. Bear in mind, nothing has been arranged yet and I was wearing flip-flops and didn't want to move stuff around too much (for fear of dropping something on my bare toes - ouch!) and there are still donations to be picked up so this really is a small sample's better than nothing. Right?

Oh, before I get to the photos - I wanted to let you know that last Friday and Saturday we had sales of just under $7,700! Not a record - but a very, very good weekend. Thank you if you were part of making that happen. June 30th marks Outreach Community Ministries fiscal year-end and it looks like Jubilee Furniture will have profit of more than $100,000! Did I already tell you that? Can you believe this amazing amount? I am still blown away when I think about how our sales have increased this past year. I honestly can't thank my donors or my customers or my volunteers enough - thank you!

Since I don't have that many photos to show you and this post already seems to be a bit scattered (a bit?!) - I've been kicking around an idea for a while now and wanted to share it with you. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in starting a Jubilee Furniture book club with me. How it would work - I don't know - but I love to read and love to discuss good literature with others. Anyone interested?

Okay, okay enough already - here are a FEW of the many, many wonderful things to be found at Jubilee Furniture either this Friday (1 to 8) or Saturday (9 to 4):

very pretty, yellowish chest of drawers for $65 and there are two matching nightstands with marble inserts on the top - which I thought I took a photo of, but obviously didn't (I priced the nightstands $40 each)

I know the wood in the photo looks greenish - but I don't think it really is. Love the eagle - this armless rocker has been re-upholstered (and they did a nice job but the pattern doesn't go with the style of the rocker, unfortunately). Priced $135

I love this wicker chair and ottoman priced $165 for both pieces

This photo really does not capture how pretty this button-back, slightly curved sofa is and the amazing Jubilee Furniture price is only $195

green rattan chair for $40 and three piece sofa thing for $65

If you need - or someone you know needs - a bookcase take a look at this one (and there are three matching). They're built by Gat Creek. We've received a couple of Gat Creek donations in the past and in the research I did this is a super cool company and each piece of furniture is handmade. There are three adjustable shelves on the top and two fixed shelves on the bottom - shoot I meant to measure how tall the bookcases are - but forgot (not sure what my problem was - I guess I'm all excited about my son coming home - insert happy dance AGAIN). 6 feet? 6 1/2 feet? No more than 7 - I think. Priced $225 each

So, dear reader - there you have it. A small selection of some of the wonderful items to be found at Jubilee Furniture - the place where we wag more and bark less!

Blessings to ya!

Friday morning update - we arrived home safely last night at 8:00 p.m. My daughter made the drive with me and the only mishap was when we missed a turn off on our way to Taylor due to the fact that the two of us were singing and dancing (as much as you can dance in a car!) and laughing our butts off and drove an extra 45 minutes further south than we should have! Ah, but we did have a good time!

Connie, Anne and Linnea were kind enough to not only arrange yesterday but to do all the pricing too. God bless 'em. I can hardly wait to see how the place looks! Take care!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Buckle in - wild times at Jubilee Furniture!

Greetings! After a week of rain and gray skies the sun's out in DuPage County and everything looks new and fresh and clean! What better on such a marvelous day than to contemplate heading out to Carol Stream and Jubilee Furniture to see all the fabulous "new" merchandise which was donated this week. We're open today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4. If you've been thinking of coming out to the store "some day" - this would be that day! Seriously, I was pricing until 7:00 p.m. last night due to the fact we have so much stuff! I'm not sure we've ever had more inventory. We truly are bursting at the seams - and the best part is - it's all wonderful! I'll stop blabbin' and let my photos do the talking!

we could possibly change our name to "Chairs R Us" due to the fact that we have so many in the store right now. In addition to the 202 chairs we received from the Glen Oaks Country Club, we picked up 89 from the Carol Stream Public Library this week and still have lots from a pickup we recently did at an office building in Naperville. Whew - that's a lot of chairs. Most are nicely waiting for you in rows just behind the line of metal bookcases where we showcase odds and ends and bits and pieces

nice, plaid sofa for $85

gorgeous Thomasville dresser for $50 - so what's the catch? Good question. As you may, or may not, know I screen all my donations and one of the questions I ask is, "Is there a smoker in the home?" If the answer is "yes" than I politely turn down the donation. Let me stop right here and say I have nothing against smokers - but if you're a smoker the smell permeates everything in your home, including your furniture. I'm super careful to ask this question in regards to upholstered pieces but sometimes forget when someone is donating a wood piece - like a dresser. I forget that wood absorbs the smoke smell too. See where I'm going here? This is a beautiful piece of furniture - I love it - but when you open the drawers you can smell smoke. Enough said.

white, six drawer Stanley dresser for $85

this is a beautiful Pennsylvania House bedroom set which consists of: nine drawer dresser for $145; night stand for $50 (there are two of them but the other one needs a small repair); and queen size head board, foot board and side rails for $135. The tops of the dresser and night stand need some refinishing but otherwise in excellent condition

lots of odds tables and chairs in dining room land! This round table is priced $45 and there are no leaves (though originally there were)

table, 2 leaves and 6 chairs for $150

I love, love, love these chairs - as you can see they're S. Bent Bros. and there are four matching and priced $100 for all four

the 42" square oak table is also from the Carol Stream Public Library and we have four of 'em and I've priced each $50; the four chairs around this table are priced $75 (which comes to $18.75 a chair which - if I do say so myself - is an amazing deal!)

excellent condition table, 1 leaf and 6 chairs for $165

there's something about this folding stool that makes me smile - I guess because you could do so much with it - extra seat where your friend can perch while you're working and talking in your kitchen; on a stage with one of your kids sitting on it playing their guitar and singing; you sitting on it in front of an audience answering questions about your wildly popular... Smile - all that for only $20!

we received too many pieces this week which I fell in love with for me to identify all of them, but I do love this set - especially the china cabinet. I couldn't find any markings which would tell me who manufactured these pieces, but there's the table, 3 leaves and 6 chairs for $115 - the lower price reflects the fact that some of the caning is broken and two of the chairs need to be re-glued and are in our shop area so we can do that; the china cabinet is priced $175

OK, I just said I wouldn't keep telling you how much I love everything but I do love this chair! The photo doesn't show how incredible this lime green velvet chair is - and it's only $40!

Homer's sofa for $85

guess where these chairs came from - you're right! - the Carol Stream Public Library! Excellent condition - beautiful oak, each priced $55 (there are three blue ones)

this is an amazing Pennsylvania House secretary in mint condition for $235

super clean white sofa for $195

square coffee table for $95

gorgeous green floral and bird sofa for $325

I'm so sorry to keep gushing but we really did receive a ton of super nice stuff this week! Here are two - like new - Thomasville side chairs for $225 each. Nice firm seat cushion (but not too firm - prefect for those of us who don't want to sink too far down in case we can't get back up without someone having to haul us out! Know what I mean?)

Confession time. I'm a wannabe interior designer. I love watching HGTV (Curb Appeal one of my favorites - though I have many!) and I'm addicted to many designing blogs. That said, I usually do not create the vignettes you see when you walk into the store. I have a great team who does that while I'm off pricing. Yesterday I was still pricing long after my team went home and I came across these striped foot stools (the legs fold up - how cool is that!) and decided to stage them with some other pieces. The end results are a little funky - but I had fun doing it. Now to try to give you pricing. In the top right photo there's a cool painted chairs which is $30, in the same photos there's a blond bookcase with glass doors for 40; the foot stools which started it all are $25 each (the material is corduroy) and the lower right photo shows some chairs we received from - all together now - the Carol Stream Public Library! - and are priced $40 each

I've priced these gorgeous Thomasville floral chairs $145 each - but am thinking of lower the price to $125 because the trim on the arms is a bit fraying and I'm not sure how you fix that. Do you know? Is it an easy thing to repair? If so, I'll leave 'em at $145 - otherwise I'll drop them to $125

drop leaf table for $125

we put this retro set out last Saturday, but it didn't sell (not sure why - it's amazing) and I wanted to showcase it on the blog. It's the table, one leaf and four chairs for $60

we received a number of china cabinets in this week - this one is priced $135

and this one $95

Dear readers - I started this entry by saying I would let the photos do their own talking and then added enough written description to sink a ship! Since you probably either enjoyed my comments or simply skipped 'em - I guess it all worked out in the end. No?

Grace and peace - in abundance - to you!