Friday, July 29, 2011

A visit to Jubilee Furniture is like the sun breaking through a gray and cloudy sky!

Having woken up the last two nights due to the wild storms which have blasted the area (but, unfortunately, not brought any relief from the heat and humidity) I thought I’d use storm analogies throughout today’s post where I show you some of the amazing furniture which was donated this week to Jubilee Furniture.  These photos give you a glimpse at the roughly 30,000 square feet of inventory currently for sale today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4.

Ready?

Our customers are often blown away by the quantity and quality of our inventory.  When you imagine how much you’d have paid at retail furniture stores for comparable items, it’s like it’s raining money directly into your bank account.  The thundering cheers of satisfied customers is not an unusual sound at Jubilee.  The toothy smile of welcome you’ll receive upon entering the store is as bright as a flash of lightning.

Maybe you should get more coffee before we continue.

Grab your umbrella and let’s walk through some of the new-to-us things currently available to purchase!

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great color brown leather sofa – wear on the seat cushions and one small rip – fantastic nail head trim priced $145

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wonderful wicker chair – very comfortable – priced $95

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mint condition micro-suede sofa, comfortable too, priced $395

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this made-in-China dining set has lovely carvings on chairs and table (carving continue on both extra table leaves too – which isn’t always the case).  Set includes: table, two leaves, six chairs, seat cushions along with a second set, and table pads all for – drum roll, please! – $325

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lovely Temple Stuart  Early American two piece china cabinet for $85

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bentwood rocker priced $35

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we received 30+ chairs from Alberto’s in the Holiday Inn in Carol Stream – and they’re perfect for all my DIYers who’ll have the creativity to turn these ho-hum chairs into something spectacular – I have no doubt – at $10 a pop per chair you can buy extra and experiment!

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lovely yellow sofa priced $75

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Bernhardt sofa for $60

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lovely glass and metal side table – top lifts off and you have a tray – priced $50

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very nice sofa – both ends recline – priced $125 (price reflects a small fabric issue which isn’t super noticeable and could be covered with a throw or a pillow)

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white leather bar stools – there are four of them – priced $10 each (leather is torn in varies places – FYI)

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fantastic old farm house table priced $125; black leather chairs around said table are $4 each.  Yes, you read that correctly – we have a good 10-15 black and white leather chairs and all of ‘em are priced $4 each – due to the fact the leather on this style of chair rips over time (either the seams come undone or the leather on the front of the back rips from being grabbed as the chair is being pulled out)

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fabulous Steelcase chairs – two with wheels are priced $40 each; two without wheels are $30 each

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oops, this photo should have been by the glass and metal side table with the top that is a tray – oh well, this end table/small shelf is priced $60

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amazing retro one piece hutch priced $95 (looks like top part originally had doors – I’m assuming they were glass and broke over time – you could easily have doors cut if you prefer that look)

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very nice, solid, well built table, two leaves and four chairs priced $145

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these pieces are by Ethan Allen – from their mission style collection – sofa has denim covered cushions and is priced $95; chair with ottoman is $75

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very nice La-Z-Boy sleeper sofa priced $75

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two piece gorgeous entertainment center by Ethan Allen priced $195

The winds of change have been blowing for several years now that recycling, repurposing and reducing waste are good for everyone.  That’s what we’re doing at Jubilee Furniture.  Add in restoring hope and providing opportunities to those most in need in DuPage County – which is what Outreach does (whose programs and services Jubilee’s proceeds – minus our expenses – are helping to support) and you’ve just created the perfect storm.

Wouldn’t you agree, dear reader?

Oh my – I crack myself up sometimes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday's customer inspiration - Emily and Luke's warm and welcoming home!

So glad you stopped by to be inspired by something a customer has purchased at Jubilee Furniture and how wonderful it looks in their home either exactly as it looked when they purchased it or how the item has morphed into something even better!

Today we're heading to Emily and Luke's lovely home. Luke is one of my best volunteer's son (thus making Emily, Gordon's daughter-in-law, in case you're experiencing a mental slump right now) and he and Emily - and their fabulous three kids - have a fun, retro style and their home is fresh and creative! Let's take a look.


Emily writes this bookcase has become the home to our antique books. I love that I get to showcase those books but that they are protected behind the sliding doors.


I also adore my kitchen table which fits PERFECTLY in my kitchen next to our island. Many people comment on it and how cute it is {I can see why - it's looks wonderful!}.

I think my favorite piece from Jubilee is our end table. It's gorgeous and fits perfectly in our space {I love the lamp with the warm wood of the table - which is gorgeous, I agree!}.

Emily - many thanks for allowing us into your beautiful home!

Have you bought something from Jubilee? Would you be willing to take a photo or two (or more) of the item(s) and email me at sgalbraith@outreachcommin.org? By doing so you're both inspiring others and helping them see how furniture purchased in a dreary warehouse can enhance any home! Plus it's fun to get a glimpse into others' homes!

As always, I hope to see you back here on Friday for my weekly update post - and you'll want to be here because we have a very full week of fantastic donation pickups and I'll have lots to share with you!

Take care dear reader!

Friday, July 22, 2011

What makes a family and what does that have to do with Jubilee Furniture? I thought you’d never ask!

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Lately it seems I’ve been seeing a ton of these type of family decals on cars and vans (image found here – I’m not endorsing or promoting Range Rovers) and it got me thinking about my Jubilee Furniture family. 

I’ve been in my role as general manager for almost five years and I’ve interacted with many of my volunteers and customers since I started and we’ve very much become “family” and I treasure that.  It’s why I work 12 hour days in a warehouse that’s approximately 1 million degrees, but I digress.

I’m thankful to have an amazing extended family – related to me by blood, adoption and marriage – but to have another “family” who I work with who I love and who make work fun – is incredible.  I don’t think they make car decals for that kind of family – or maybe they do but there are no back windows that could hold all the images!

Yesterday, late afternoon, as sweat was dripping off varies parts of my body and I still had lots of pricing to do – one of my work family members stopped back in the store (she had already been in earlier to help arrange) to see if I needed help.  In addition to the sweat, my face was beet-red and I’m pretty sure my hair was standing on end – to say Connie was an answer to prayer wouldn’t be an exaggeration! 

You see we have TONS of merchandise right now.  Seriously, our 30,000 square feet of warehouse space can hardly hold it all!  We are almost literally bursting at the seams!  So, today (Friday) from 1 to 8 or tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4 would be an excellent time to stop in and have a look.  What follows are more than 60 photos which represent SOME of what’s currently for sale (most of the photos are of items we received for donation this week – though I did snap some pictures of the more unique pieces which came in last week when I was on vacation).

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gorgeous slip-covered sofa (fabric is brownish/black) priced $245 (some minor pet hair on sofa)

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these rattan pieces are by “excursions” – chair and ottoman priced $175 (two of the bun feet on the ottoman need repairs); chair $145

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amazing coffee table with protective glass top (cut to follow the curvy lines of the table) priced $125; matching end table – also with protective glass – priced $95

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lovely, hand painted desk/sofa or hall table, and matching end table/night stand priced $135 for both pieces

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fabulous retro bar (last photo is of the back/interior) for $75

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swivel bar stools priced $25 each and there are three of them

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lovely slip-covered love seat for $125

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with a little work (need sanding/re-painting or staining and some minor tightening of screws) these are fantastic outdoor pieces – very comfortable (curved back instead of straight across) – individual chair is priced $45; two chairs joined together with a table in-between (the whole thing is attached) priced $125; individual chair with ottoman priced $85

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chaise with extra pillows priced $45

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The Lady of Castile caught my eye the minute I entered the store earlier this week – isn’t she grand? – priced ONLY $35!

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this love seat reclines on each end and is priced $95 (not sure what’s the dusty look on the head rests in my photo – piece is in very good condition)

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gorgeous Krader-Wolf chair and ottoman for $165; matching sofa for $295

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lovely Ethan Allen chair and ottoman priced $145; matching sofa for $125 (some minor issues with piping fraying on sofa)

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totally fun, red vinyl side chair priced $45

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fine blue sofa for $40

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lovely storage piece for $55

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Room and Board sofa – needs to be cleaned (lots of staining on the two seat cushions that aren’t noticeable in photo but are in person) and I think it has the wrong legs on it (sits too low to the ground) priced $95

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blue/gray leather sofa for $225 (small rip along back cushions)

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fantastic Heywood Wakefield dresser with mirror (mirror is tucked behind the dresser) priced $345; matching night stand for $125

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super nice Hooker brand dresser (long, low) priced $125; matching chest of drawer (taller piece) for $175

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two very nice two-drawer night stands (sitting back-to-back in these photos) priced $65 each

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fabulous retro bedroom set by Century – tall chest of drawers priced $125; night stands for $50 each – there are two of them; dresser with mirror (not shown) priced $95

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about a month ago, we received for donation a Broyhill two piece retro china cabinet which I fell in love with and I mentioned was my favorite piece that week.  We sold it the same weekend and I had several people ask about it.  Well, wonders never cease – we received a second identical Broyhill two piece retro china cabinet in this week!  It’s just as nice as the first one and I priced it the same, $125

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drop leaf table with one leaf and four chairs priced $95

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gorgeous Thomasville side chair in a fabulous green priced $135

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fantastic table, one leaf and four chairs priced $165

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I’m sorry if these photos are hard to see – starting top left – there’s a bar-height swivel stool and it’s priced $45 and there are two of ‘em ($90 for the two); in same photo, if you look carefully, there’s a cafĂ©-height table with one self-storing leaf (folds and stores right under the table very nicely and neatly) priced $145; next photo just shows the stool again; last photo is a wine/storage piece priced $145

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very nice table (no leaves) with inland wood (some water damage to table top) and four chairs priced $175

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this is a lovely, heavy, outdoor set (maybe covered porch or sun room would be better so cushions don’t get wet and/or fade) which includes: two chairs, end table and three cushion sofa priced $245 for the whole thing.  Can’t you see this set painted black?  Sunny yellow?  Red?  Love. It.

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not sure what’s with all the bar stools this week – but here’s another set – fun, retro, swivel – not as high as the other set and these are priced $40 each

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lovely, amazing, heavy, wood coffee table priced $125

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oh my goodness – how amazing are these fish-pedestal, glass top tables?  Very amazing!  coffee table is priced $95; matching sofa or hall table for $75

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fantastic sofa in excellent condition priced $265

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love seat priced $20; matching sleeper sofa for $35

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I’ve never seen anything like these two matching pieces – second drawer is for hanging files! – one of the two has some rings on the top (from a plant?) and the file drawer needs work on one of the slides so is priced cheaper than the other (other is in perfect condition).  Perfect one is priced $155; not so perfect one is $100

Another part of my Jubilee Furniture family includes you, dear reader (in a good – not creepy – way)!  Every Friday when I sit down to compose my weekly update I send up a prayer that you’re doing well and I feel such gratitude that you stop by the blog and often stop by the store too!

I hope I see you soon and though I said the temperature in the store is 1 million degrees – compared to the outside temperature – it’s positively cool (at least that’s what I keep telling myself)!