This is the third year my family has made Christmas presents for each other and my son used a wood burning tool and burned a special quote into a block of wood for each of us.
My quote is from Henry David Thoreau:
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still with them.”
When I opened my gift and read it – I started crying – partly tears of amazement since it’s a cool block of knotty wood that he stained and partly because I don’t want to live that way. I want to sing my song – as beautifully, uniquely, true to myself, yet aware and respectful of others as I possibly can – every single day.
Interestingly, this gift has made me much more aware of when I hold back – don’t sing my song – especially words of encouragement or comfort when it’s someone I don’t know very well. I find myself thinking, “It might make them uncomfortable.”; “I’m sure they have friends or family who support them already.”; “Since I can’t offer any REALLY assistance, my words are pointless.”
As someone whose theme song is “I am woman hear me roar” – I’m surprised at the number of times I hesitate to reach out to others thinking my actions and words might be intrusive.
Yet reaching out to those in need is exactly what Outreach Community Ministries does each and every day. Our programs and services are providing hope and opportunities to those who often have neither.
The store is open Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4. What follows are photos of some of the furniture which was donated this week:
fabulous side chair is cool basket-weave pattern – couple of worn spots on corners – priced $55
we have lots of amazing artwork in the store – something people don’t always realize – just got in these horse/rider prints – nicely matted and framed – priced $25 each
great plaid Bassett sofa – some worn spots in fabric – priced $95
sweet drop leaf maple coffee table priced $65
McCreary loveseat – seat cushions ripped and need to be re-upholstered – priced $40
this American Signature loveseat also has some issues but more along the lines of needing to be cleaned (though you can see where the hem has come out at the bottom of the front skirt) priced $40
though this black painted round table top needs to be refinished – it’s got the coolest chrome legs I’ve ever seen! – priced $45
amazing Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams square table with one leaf – note where finish has come off of one of the legs (weird) – priced $195
lots of seating on this long sofa priced $125
Broyhill sofa in excellent condition priced $185; matching loveseat also in excellent shape is $125
similar set also by Broyhill – but slightly different floral pattern and not quite as perfect (though almost): loveseat is $95; chair is priced $45; sofa is $145
white desk with chair is priced $ 45
these are three Sauder pieces – two low ones and one square taller one (which is on top of the two low ones). Square piece has two doors with one shelf behind the doors, one open cube and one with divider/shelves and is priced $75; one of the low pieces is simply an open space and is priced $35; matching low piece has a door with one shelf behind it and is priced $50. All have funky feet and can be arranged (if you bought ‘em all) in lots of different ways!
neutral sofa priced $85; matching loveseat (I noticed one stain on seat cushion) priced $40
sleeper sofa – needs to be cleaned – priced $75
interesting loveseat priced $65; round side table is $35
vintage two door end table or night stand is priced $30
nice maple dresser – new top in a different finish has been added – priced $45
need a massive surface for feeding a ton of people? Are you a crafter who can’t get enough table space? Have I got the table for you! These two retro folding tables are 9’ by 30” – wood, top painted green – priced $165 each
nice media unit priced $95
lighting is another thing Jubilee Furniture has in abundance – looks at this cool retro hanging chandler! – priced $30
What’s the song in you, dear reader? My prayer is – today, right now – you sing it with all you got, with gusto, since truly no one else can possibly sing your song and there would be nothing sadder than your song unsung.