Friday, July 30, 2010

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...

I have conflicting emotions about a vacation I start today. I'm excited to have some time off of work and yet I'm definitely going to miss the many customers - and volunteers - who have become like a second family to me. You make me smile whenever I see you. You've shared triumphs and trails with me. You ask about things I've written on the blog and know I prefer to be called Susan. In the weekly comings and goings you've become a friend and I'm going to miss you.

Now before you think I'm gone for the next month - let me clarify - I'm off the next two weekends and the week in between - that's all, not a big deal. Yet as someone who cries and gets all sentimental over greeting cards and every Hallmark commercial ever made - maybe you can understand.

Speaking of sentimental look at the photo I took after church on Sunday of my son, Jack; daughter, Abby; and one of Abby's best friends and someone I love dearly, Liz. It the first time since the beginning of June we've all been together and though it was for less than a day - we had a wonderful time! Aren't they cute?!

And with that, dear reader (and friend), let me show you some of the "new" items you can find at Jubilee Furniture today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4!

painted desk with lighted hutch for $65

four metal chairs for $50 and table with black legs for $40

cool table for $35 and each chair is $25

blond five drawer dresser for $85

we received a number of super nice dressers in this week and here's one of them - I'm talking about the lighter wood piece in the center of this photo - it has five drawers and I priced it $85

this large pine dresser with a mirrored hutch is gorgeous and priced $195 and the matching chest of drawers in the photo to the right is $145

can you see the metal headboard and foot board of this full-size bed? It's very fun and priced $95 (mattress and box spring sold separately)

this is a massive and amazing king-size bed and is priced $135 - the only issue with it is there should be four knob-like things at the top of each post and the donor couldn't find one of 'em (she was moving and thought she would come across the fourth one and would drop it off if she did), but for now we only have three

I love the height and style of this dresser which has 12 drawers and is priced $125, the matching nightstand is $45

This is a gorgeous love seat that is priced to sell even with the front leg needing repairs (can you see in the photo to the right where it needs to be re-glued?). Price? $45!

Love, love, love this side table which is priced $75

amazing Chris Madden chair for $85 (needs to be cleaned otherwise in excellent condition)

it would be hard for me to pick a favorite piece this week but if you put my feet to the fire I might have to say this retro china cabinet - I love the clean lines and beadboard behind the open shelf and on the two bottom doors. Priced $125

slipper chair for $45 and matching love seat for $50 (love seat much more worn than the chair)

this is a nice two piece deep purple corduroy sectional except it has some fading and a rip on one seat cushion (and the other side of the same cushion is stained) so priced only $125

cool painted screen priced $65

lovely camel back sofa for $75

sweet antique oak drop front desk for $120

love this chair for $55

here's another nice camel back sofa this one is priced $65 and it does needs to be cleaned

tan - fake leather - swivel, rocker/recliner for $45

amazing retro sofa - unfortunately non-original seat cushions were added (obviously covered in a different material and pattern - not horrible - but definitely off) - priced at $45

cool trunk for $40

For those of you familiar with the store (and those of you who regularly read the blog) you know we moved the metal bookcases last week (which really opened up the place), well this week the wood fencing barricades have mostly been removed - the trench covered - and furniture added to that previously unusable space. The store really looks fabulous!

And with that, I'll sign off until the week of August 9th!

God's grace, blessings, peace, protection and love to each of you!

Friday, July 23, 2010

God bless Eastgate Baptist Church in Burton, MI!

Wow - what a week! Where to begin? I guess the beginning is as good a place as any! Last week I got a call asking if I would be willing to have a team from Burton, MI work in the store on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 3 doing some type of service project. The team would consist of nine middle school and high school age kids and three adults who were coming to Wheaton College to attend a Student Life Conference. There would be teaching, music and bible study each morning and evening but in between the 1,400 students in attendance would head out to sites around Chicagoland to serve.

You might think I would be thrilled to get such a request but I wasn't. You see with any volunteer group you never know what you're going to get. People excited and willing to undertake the dirty, sweaty, hard work of rearranging furniture or people wondering why they paid money to assist in a hot, smelly warehouse? Put that way it would be a miracle to find anyone - especially teens - who would fall in that excited/willing category, right?

Yet that's exactly what happened. Truly Jubilee Furniture was transformed this week due to the efforts of a group from Eastgate Baptist Church. It's seriously amazing and wonderful and very, very cool (praise God!).

The biggest change you'll see when you come in either today (Friday from 1 to 8) or tomorrow (Saturday from 9 to 4) is that the line of metal bookcases where you'll find miscellaneous stuff like books and doodads has been moved east. This opens up the showroom area and gives a much nicer flow to the place (though you do have to walk farther to look at all the wonders the bookcases hold - but the lighting is better and so you can actually SEE what's on the selves - what a novel idea, huh).

While the team from Eastgate and I were working hard in the store, Dan and Chris were working just as hard out on the truck completing a busy week of donation pickups. Here are a few of the many wonderful things waiting for you to purchase them!

this mid century piece reminds me of the teak wall unit I sold six or eight weeks ago for $250 which was valued at over $1,000 (though I didn't know that). This is a free standing room divider type of thing (photo to the right is the back of the unit - you can see it's finished on both sides) and the one door is actually a drop down desk. I can't find anything exactly like this online - so I'm taking a bit of a guess and pricing it $600 and either it's fairly priced or wildly over-priced and I'll mark it down in a couple of weeks. Since you know I'm always brutally honest with you - there is a musty - maybe a smoker? - smell when you open the drawers to this piece. Otherwise it truly is in excellent condition.

six drawer wood dresser for $65

dresser w/mirror is $40; and the other dresser is $30

this is a very pretty, wood queen-size sleigh bed which is priced $195

this chair unfolds to be a sleeping spot and is $45

isn't this the sweetest dressing table? and only priced $85!

look at this! a child's wooden kitchen play piece priced $30

two open bookcases each priced $40

super nice sofa $85

four chairs (two with arms, two armless) for $65

narrow computer desk (the open space is a pull-out keyboard tray) for $60

beautiful entertainment center for $175

gold velvet sofa for $40 and the matching love seat is $30

we received the prettiest set of light pink and green plaid chairs and I've priced one of them $125 and the other $95 due to the fact that the fabric is pulling away along one side

this is another gorgeous donation this time a sofa and love seat - due to our bad lighting it's hard to tell if the pieces are green w/black or beige w/black. The love seat is priced $225 and the sofa $195 and the lower price on the sofa is due to a small tear on one of the arms (which I think would be a fairly easy fix) - otherwise both pieces are beautiful

lovely secretary priced $165

Lazboy wing back/recliner for $65 (needs to be cleaned, some fraying - but overall this is an excellent price)

I love the pattern of the fabric on this wing back chair priced $175

here's another wing back this time priced $35

Though there's much wrong in this world and many adults think teens are self centered and unwilling to work hard - for me - this week has been a testimony that there's also much right in the world and teens are a huge part of that rightness. Oh, and miracles do happen!

And that, dear reader, is the latest installment from Jubilee Furniture to you! God's peace and grace to you.