Though we’re far from alone in our situation – it’s been hard to reconcile what we paid for our house 8 1/2 years ago and what it’s worth today. Our realtor has been extremely patience with us – cautiously allowing us to list at a higher price than market conditions support – but continuing to bring us back to reality while suggesting creative ways to attract potential buyers.
And attract we have! I’ve somewhat lost count of the number of showings but we’ve had around 40 since we first listed our house at the end of August. That’s a lot! And though we had a signed contract – after several rounds of negotiating – it quickly fell through.
Another offer came in this week which – I thought – was ridiculous and we told our broker to refuse it. He suggested we stay engaged and counter offer, which we did, but when their counter was only a tab higher than their first offer – he told us to forget about it and the offer would be withdrawn – which it was.
Yet the reality is though we should be able to get more than their offer – we won’t get much more and that’s been hard for me to come to terms with.
It’s also hard for some people to understand why a fabulous used furniture store like Jubilee is only open two days each week – yet that’s our reality due to circumstances outside of our control and just like I can fret and fume that it isn’t fair our house is worth less than what we paid for it – really, what’s the point?
Instead let’s celebrate the two days we are open – Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4! What follows are photos of some of the new-to-us furniture which was donated this week:
this gorgeous leather Room & Board sofa/chaise is from their Reese collection – and retails for $5,998. It’s somewhat faded and there is a spot or two – but other than that it’s in excellent condition and the Jubilee Furniture price is $2,165 which is just a little over 1/3 of the retail price! Gorgeous oval stone top coffee table is $225
nice sofa – some wear – priced $125; matching over-sized chair and ottoman – in much better condition than the sofa – is priced $145
fabulous rocker from Cracker Barrel – priced $125
lovely secretary priced $95
red corduroy slip covered chair by IKEA priced $95
two piece sectional – needs to be cleaned and some pulls in fabric – priced $35
we received 11 of these chairs from Windsor Park Manor – they’re all in pretty good condition – priced $20 each
lovely oak pedestal table, 2 leaves and 5 chairs – priced $185 for the set
Flexsteel sofa – needs to be cleaned – priced $95; matching Flexsteel loveseat – in excellent condition – priced $80
lovely dresser with mirrored hutch priced $145 – that’s Teresa in the mirror faithfully taking notes while I take photos – thank you, Teresa!
wonderful Rowe sofa in a deep blue color priced $145
nice neutral color on this sleeper sofa which is priced $65
IKEA hall or entry table priced $60
sweet painted desk for $45
interesting black coffee table – lower piece swivels out for more surface or can be tucked under the top piece – priced $20
funky sofa priced $135
nice table with 1 leaf and 6 rolling chairs – priced $165
fine loveseat (some worn areas) priced $40
Flexsteel leather sofa for $75
Ethan Allen sofa priced $35
white desk with hutch priced $50
Though I never want to let go of being passionate about helping to correct some of the world’s injustices – one person at a time – I do want to let go of demanding the world, and the housing market, be fair.
With that letting go allows space within me for peace and acceptance – and possibilities previously unconsidered! And who doesn’t want that, right dear reader?