Friday, September 28, 2012

Recognizing and celebrating the choice to make a difference through Jubilee Furniture!

I’ve mentioned before how amazing my volunteers are – but have I ever told you how inspiring I find them?  No?  Let me do so now.

First, I want to remind you there are three – don’t even need a full hand to count to three – only three Jubilee Furniture/Outreach Community Ministries employees.  Yes – all three of us work full-time and yes, we typically work more than 40 hours/week.  But even if we worked 60 hours every week we couldn’t do what needs to be done: picking up, off loading, arranging, pricing, assisting customers, and oh so many more things, by ourselves.  Nope – no way, couldn’t be done.

That’s where volunteers come in.  A good percentage of our volunteers are retired.  Makes sense since we need help during the week.  So, when do people retire?  Some as young as mid-fifties – but most in their sixties and seventies.

Here’s what I find so inspiring.  When I think about myself – less than a month from my 54th birthday – in ten or 20 years moving furniture, dealing with customers (thankfully generally wonderful), working in a dingy, hot (in the summer) cold (in the winter) warehouse for zero pay – I’m not sure that’s how I want to spend my “golden years.”  Yet I’m extremely grateful others see giving back, contributing to a greater good, staying active – physically, emotionally, and mentally, as important and what’s so inspiring to me.

Additionally, these intelligent, active older adults who volunteer at Jubilee (as well as other places – their churches, food pantries, other non profits) – are dealing with health issues, family crisis and a multitude of other things which constitute life – and doing it with grace, humor and a positive attitude!  Are they some sort of “super” humans?  No – regular Joes (and Josephines!) – not a single super power among the group.

Though you’ll need the super power of taking in a vast amount of amazing, quality, used furniture this week!  Wow – there’s a ton of stuff to show you and it’s not even everything “new” that’s been donated!    Remember, we’re open Friday from 1 to 8 and Saturday from 9 to 4.

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gorgeous lighted curved front curio cabinet priced $245

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fabulous Room and Board sofa in mint condition EXCEPT for front seam coming apart.  This is the third sofa we’ve received with this issue – and I don’t believe they sell this style of couch any longer because of the tendency for the seat seam to come undone.  Priced at only $95 this is a steal but you gotta get creative about the rip (which all Jubilee Furniture customers are known for – being amazingly creative!)

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super dark (almost black) stained oak small hall or entry table priced $55 (Crate and Barrel chairs next to it are $40 each)

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Remember Marshall Field’s?  These pieces are from Field’s – both are in great shape though need to be cleaned – loveseat is priced $95; chair $50

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fabulous micro-suede sofa with dual recliners in great condition priced $295

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wonderful cane back side chairs (seat cushions need to be spot cleaned) priced $50 each

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lovely green color fabric on this sleeper sofa priced $85

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it’s not too late to invite friends/family over to dine out or simply sit on your deck/patio and enjoy the cool fall weather – and you can with this black wrought iron bench priced $35; round wrought iron table with four chairs priced $95; additional matching chairs priced $17.50 each; smaller black table priced $20

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amazing drop leaf table with 2 leaves, 6 chairs and table pads all for $345 (blue seat cushions are attached to chairs)

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lovely Thomasville buffet priced $125

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great smaller side chair for $65; matching sofa for $95

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four piece sectional – both ends recline – note rips along back of one piece but otherwise in very good condition – priced $135; square butler’s table priced $35

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neither photos does justice to this unbelievably gorgeous Pennsylvania House two piece secretary w/hutch priced $295

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we have two Pablo – tube top – lamps priced $35 each (they retail for around $120) but the white shade has some dirt smudges and the gray shade has a small rip – so not sure what can be done (I couldn’t find replacement shades online)

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wonderful wooden outdoor glider with cushions priced $45; side table for either $15 or $20 (forgot to write the price down!)

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fabulous cedar chest for $135

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wonderful lighted roll top desk for $185

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great wingback chair is priced $65

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top needs to be refinished but this is a cool retro buffet priced $65

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we’ve decided to sell all of our books (paperback, hard cover, children’s, all books) for 25 cents and we have a good amount available

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all these pieces are from Vermont of Winooski and are solid rock maple and in excellent condition (tops all have protective glass) – one piece is missing one drawer pull – six drawer dresser is priced $75; smaller cabinet with one drawer and two doors is $35; three drawer dresser w/hutch is $55; desk with two hutches is $85

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I am so in love with these Henry Link bamboo, painted pieces – you can’t not smile when looking at them! – they do smell musty though – the desk with hutch and chair is priced $225; the six drawer dresser is $175

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here’s Nate (one of my amazing, inspiring volunteers!) putting together a king size brass bed with headboard, footboard and side rails priced $135 (brass is tarnishing is various places)

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fun blue checked slip covered wingback chair for $45

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fine sofa – but needs to be cleaned – is $55

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gorgeous glass and brass oval coffee table for $95; matching end table for $65

The other thing I’ve noticed as I’ve considered my fabulous volunteers is they’ve made a choice – a conscious decision – to find things they’re passionate about and stay involved.  Sure you may occasionally find them rocking on their front porch – but you’re much more likely to find them tying a mattress to the top of someone’s car or sharing the best place to get something reupholstered or explaining how your purchase is helping others through Outreach Community Ministries.

Oh, and for Gordon and his fabulous wife – celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary – but not until they’ve taken the young mom from their church to the grocery store, and helped an immigrant get his driver’s license, and visited a fellow in jail…

As corny as it sounds – every day you, dear reader, have choices as to how to spend your time – much of it probably eaten up by your job – but what of the rest of if?  What about when you’re no longer working?  The way my volunteers have answered these very questions is an encouragement and inspiration to us all.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jubilee Furniture–where quality used furniture goes to party!

Do you mark special occasions?  I grew up with a mom who did.  With my birthday close to Halloween I can remember me and my friends painting pumpkins as part of one celebration.  For another, I can still see our large Early American style Ethan Allen dining table decorated with orange streamers leading out to each place setting from a centerpieces of sweet cloth dolls that she’d made.

I’ve mentioned before my mom’s sewing/crafting talents were passed onto one of her four daughters and, unfortunately, it ain’t me.  Oh, I can whip up a fun party atmosphere but it’s not done with anything homemade – I’m sad to say.  But that spirit to celebrate birthdays (and other special occasions) are most definitely part of all four of us girls.  Trust me when I say we know how to party!

Why – today of all days – do I bring up birthday references?  I’m glad you asked.  It’s my daughter’s birthday!  24 years ago today Abigail Anne – Abby – was born! 

With Jubilee Furniture only open two days a week (Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4) – it sorta feels like a special event each week especially when you factor in the surprise element of never knowing what you might find!  This blog gives you a sneak peek at some of the new-to-us items which were donated this week.  Let’s take a look!

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nice southwestern-style sleeper sofa priced $65

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two great rolling side chairs each priced $75; sweet drop leaf side table for $35 (it’s a little wobbly)

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fabulous vintage sewing cabinet and chair (there’s no sewing machine) priced $65

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amazing travertine leaf shaped coffee table in mint condition priced $495

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though the leather is worn/distressed this is a fantastic three piece sectional priced $225 and a matching chair and ottoman for $150

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look at this old kitchen storage piece – so fun! – priced $135

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red micro-suede futon for $145

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antique wicker (in surprisingly good condition through you might want to paint it) sofa for $125; small wrought iron bench for $8

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lovely wicker desk for $45

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beautiful floral Pennsylvania House sofa in excellent condition priced $155

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two matching small recliners (you have to push HARD to recline ‘em) priced $35 each

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plaid sleeper sofa with several rips and needs to be cleaned priced $35

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nice table, one leaf and six chairs priced $165 for the set

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this is a gorgeous art deco bedroom set – full size head board, foot board and side rails for $245; dresser with mirror for $225; and chest of drawers for $195 (all original drawer pulls have been replaced, which is too bad)

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fabulous marble table w/base priced $895; leather chairs are $4 each; marble and chrome buffet is $225

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desk with left return which slides under desk priced $95; larger desk is also $95; two – three drawer storage pieces are $40 each.  The two desk have different stains (one with return is lighter) and the two storage pieces match the lighter desk (the desks look the same color in my photos)

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though a few nicks on both pieces – these dressers are in good condition.  The dresser w/mirror is missing one small piece of trim and is priced $155; matching chest of drawers $135

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here’s another set of dresser in the art deco style!  Dresser w/mirror is priced $255; matching chest of drawer is $155

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there are TWELEVE drawers in this retro dresser that I think would make an excellent media stand (just think of all that storage!) priced $75

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evergreen color corduroy sleeper sofa priced $125

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gorgeous credenza priced $225 (donor used it to store a rolled up futon for overnight guests – futon is still there and I priced it $50)

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very nice table with THREE chairs (too bad) priced $145

Since I’m working tonight – we decided to celebrate Abby’s birthday on Sunday and though it might not be as balloon and banner filled as parties of old – marking the amazing gift of Abby – the blessing she is in my life – will never change.

Love you, Abbers!  And you too, dear reader.