Truly the store has never looked better (thanks to massive efforts from a handful of volunteers) and we’ve never had more inventory than what’s available today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4! Impressive – if I do say so myself.
As more and more people are discovering Jubilee Furniture our only-open-two-days-a-week is especially confusing. Several times yesterday as I was working there was a knock on the front doors and when I answered – the person would ask what our store hours are. This is a little comical since our hours are written on the doors they were knocking on – but as this happens most Thursdays I can only guess people assume those hours are wrong because what place of business is only open two days?
The city of Carol Stream has restrictions on how many days we can be open since the store is located in a building with a church. If we moved into a different building we could be open seven days a week – and, some day, we might make that move – but for now, we’re happy right where we are.
My boss and I have occasionally wondered if part of our appeal is because of our limited hours. “Ooooh, you know that used furniture store in Carol Stream that’s only open two days each week? It’s like an exclusive club – that’s open to EVERYONE – everyone that is who can get out there on Fridays and Saturdays! How exciting!”
But ultimately I wish we had more normal hours so it wouldn’t be so hard for people to track with. If I had a quarter for every time someone’s told me they came by the store – fill in the blank with just about any day/time (Friday at 12:00 pm. ; Thursday, Monday, Saturday at 5:00 p.m.) other than Friday from 1 to 8 or Saturday from 9 to 4 – I’d be a very rich woman who didn’t apologize so much (“I’m SO SORRY! Yes, REALLY we’re only open two days each week. No, we’ve never been open on Thursdays. I’m sorry for the confusion.”).
Now that I’ve spent five paragraphs explaining our store hours (“What the heck, Susan?!”) let’s take a look at some of the new-to-us furniture available for purchase this week:
light gray three piece pleather (leather?) sectional, low lines, comfortable, in good condition, style is such that it would work well with lots of different furniture – priced $135
amazing, fabulous retro barrel chairs by Koral Furniture priced $85 each
Schweiger loveseat for $50 (some fabric pulls); sleeper sofa for $75 (I saw a few stray cat hairs)
gorgeous wrought iron and glass coffee table – some rust – priced $135
huge and beautifully framed poppy artwork priced $125 (“Poppies…Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep.” – what movie is that line from? Guess correctly and stop in the store for your fabulous prize of…a cookie!)
super nice velvet sofa – a couple of spots that need to be spot-cleaned – priced $325; large red and green throw pillows $15 each
fabulous yellow raw silk side chair – back needs to be reinforced – priced $135
another gorgeous raw silk side chair – this time in a light almond color – by Bassett, priced $165
if you’re looking for a MASSIVE sectional – this could be the one – three pieces in a fun pattern/colors – a few fabric pulls – priced $195
long, low, white retro coffee table for $50
lovely tone-on-tone patterned sofa for $235
this hard working coffee table has a top that lifts for easy dining - priced $125
two matching, made in Italy, armoires (have rods for hanging clothes on top and shelves on the bottom – so you couldn’t hang long things) with shutter doors and a weathered finish that gives them a beachy look – priced $295 each
S. Bent & Bros. table with pull out extra leaves on both ends (issues with the pull out leaves, both ends need repair) and six chairs (only one chair has arms) – table top needs to be refinished and chairs need to be cleaned up – but solid, gorgeous wood – priced $165
Early American style sleeper sofa and loveseat by Crestline – both in excellent condition – sleeper sofa is priced $85 and loveseat is $65 (lower prices reflect dated style)
fabulous king-size headboard and frame for $275
large two drawer, marble top nightstands priced $65 each
beautiful oval table with three leaves and table pads priced $125
stately bench for $85
two piece shabby chic storage pieces – top piece is missing shelves and bottom piece is missing one pull – price $95 for both
absolutely gorgeous American Signature two piece lighted china cabinet – alas, a number of issues with it – missing center drawer (see spot where drawer should go in first photo?), missing upper shelves, both bottom corners were chewed on by a puppy (I’m assuming puppy and not a small child or large mouse or maybe the family had a beaver for a pet – really if you think about it there are many possible explanations as to what happened, but regardless, the two front corners are chewed on) – priced $95 (what a steal – look at the inlaid wood on this piece, sigh, gorgeous)
eggplant color chair, sofa and ottoman all by Bauhaus – sofa needs to be cleaned – both chair and sofa have extra deep seating (sofa is almost the width of a twin size mattress) chair is priced $75; sofa $65; ottoman $35
FABULOUS wood pieces by Broyhill starting with massive table with 2 leaves (with both leaves in table measures 9’ long) priced $425; four gorgeous chairs (see fun fringe and beads on back of chairs?) priced $200 for all four; HUGE buffet priced $325; smaller side board priced $195; BEAUTIFUL end table priced $125
Depending on when you stop by Jubilee Furniture don’t forget to check out Wheaton Christian Center’s rummage sale – Treasures in Rummage (I’d give you their hours but they’re different from mine and we’ve had enough confusion around hours already, wouldn’t you agree?). Read this post from a couple of weeks ago if you want more information about the sale.
And that, dear reader, concludes this week’s installment of the reality show, “Exactly How Boring Can Susan Be?”.
side note – today’s title is for my amazing, yet self-described nerdy daughter, Abby and all you Trekkies out there!