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Blue moon, Neil Armstrong and Jubilee Furniture?

This evening you’ll have a chance to see a blue moon.  Though the moon won’t actually be blue – when there’s a second full month in a calendar month it’s called a “blue moon.”  The last time this occurred was December of 2009 and – after tonight – it won’t happen again until July 31, 2015.  This infrequency is where the phrase, “once in a blue moon” comes from.

Since the moon itself will not look any different than any other full moon we typically see (except for those gorgeous huge, yellow, full moons often seen in the fall – a harvest moon – those are amazing) – what’s the big deal?

It’s a sweet coincidence – and worth mentioning since today is Neil Armstrong’s memorial service.  He died on August 25th from complications following heart surgery.  He was 82.  For you younger folk – Neil was the first person to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969 (“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,”).  Remarkable.

Though I regularly see the courage and fortitude of a Neil Armstrong in my position at Jubilee Furniture (from donors as they dismantle a home after a death to customers facing illness and job loss) our clients at Outreach Community Ministries are often facing overwhelming odds which make them feel hopeless and despairing.  Olga described herself as “being up against a wall” until she connected with our center in Carol Stream.

Knowing every purchase at Jubilee Furniture is helping to support programs and services for Olga – and hundreds of other Olgas – is one of the best parts of shopping at the store.  Of course, the amazing furniture – and never knowing what you might find – is fun too!

Speaking of which – let’s take a look at some of the new-to-us items donated this week.  Remember, the store is open today from 1 to 8 and tomorrow from 9 to 4!

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gorgeous Hekman Repertory rectangular dining table with two leaves – never been used but came from factory with a couple of scratches – retails for $1,998 – Jubilee Furniture price is $595

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very nice leather sofa for $165

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cool church pew – there’s a cross carved into the wood sides (can see it faintly in second photo) – rip in plastic-y seat fabric – priced $175 (it’s actually fairly comfortable to sit on)

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large round coffee table priced $35

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here’s another large round coffee table (also $35) and then a two piece micro-suede sofa/chaise – which needs to be cleaned – priced $85

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great lines on this chaise – but it really needs to be reupholstered (lots of fading and stains) priced $105

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we got in a number of store fixtures that would make cool industrial looking furniture for the home – these are two separate pieces (the frosted middle glass is a crackled glass – all cracked looking) the taller piece would be a great kitchen island – it’s counter height – you could even pull stools up and under one side and is priced $125; the lower one a great rolling coffee table (?) priced $75

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fabulous rolling storage piece – nice and narrow (sorry I forgot to measure – maybe 12 inches?) would be great for your flat screen TV – those are frosted glass doors – priced $275

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here’s a couple more photos of the taller rolling piece that I thought would be great in a kitchen (or family room?) – there are three of them total – all are used but one has wood trim that’s damaged and is priced $95 while the other two are $125

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this is a different piece – wood top with a metal shelf – tons of storage – priced $150; on top of it are three or four folding wooden shelves (legs fold in) priced $20 each

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finally here’s a rolling wooden table that’s coffee table height – priced $75

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wonderful pedestal oak table with one leaf priced $155; four oak chairs all for $100

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gorgeous queen-size headboard, footboard and side rails priced $275

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great older Ethan Allen sofa – orange and blue plaid – perfect for any U of I students! Priced $45

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Worth brand chest of drawers (in great condition) priced $95; matching dresser with two great mirrors (dresser is missing one drawer pull) priced $125 (there are two matching nightstand too and I think I priced ‘em $40 each?)

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nice sleeper sofa – but rip on side of the arm (the side you can’t see) priced $75

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amazing retro pleather sofa and chair – some issues of missing buttons and tears in the pleather – sofa is $50; chair is $20

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super sweet French Provincial bedroom set includes: desk priced $65; twin head board, foot board and side rails priced $50 (there’s a second head/foot but no side rails and is priced $30); dresser with mirror for $125; nightstand (only one) priced $45

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nice gold velvet side chairs priced $35 each

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neat older upholstered rocker priced $65 and there’s a rip in the fabric on the seat

Neil Armstrong’s family said recently, “While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”

Dear reader - may we choose to live courageous lives – regardless of our age – at all times and not just during a blue moon!

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