I love almost any film which is based on true events and I borrowed one such movie this week from the library and watched it last night. The title doesn’t really matter but as I think about why I like these movies a few things surface.
In a lot of these films there’s usually some negative event or situation which seems impossible to correct or change. Then there’s the determined, scrappy, underdog main character who’s fighting regardless of how hopeless it seems. Usually there’s one influential person who believes in and – often at significant cost to themselves – supports Scrappy. The film ends with the two – along with a band of others they’ve acquired (usually an odd assortment of vastly different people who might never otherwise associate with each other) – overcoming all odds to right the wrong!
Sounds like fiction, correct? Yet, yet…these are movies based on actual events! These are people very much like me! And no matter how corny or poorly acted – I am inspired.
Outreach Community Ministries – with the help of hundreds of volunteers, area churches and local businesses – is, daily, working to help individuals, couples and families overcome the hardships in their lives. Outreach’s mission of restoring hope and providing opportunities to those most vulnerable in DuPage County, Illinois is quietly – with limited funds – doing just that. Restoring hope/providing opportunities.
As one of the social enterprises at Outreach – Jubilee Furniture is raising money through the selling of quality, used furniture to help support the programs and services at Outreach. With limited store hours (Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4) – thanks to our amazing customers – Jubilee Furniture is helping to make a difference in the lives of those most in need in our area.
What follows are photos of SOME of the new-to-us furniture which was donated this week. For every photo – there are many other similar pieces at similar prices available for purchase.
fabulous mid-century modern two piece china cabinet in excellent condition – priced $135
gorgeous round Ashley Furniture coffee table priced $135
wonderful rolling buffet with heat-resistant top for ease in serving hot dishes – priced $95
Canadel brand oval table with one leaf and six chairs – some dings in the paint on the chairs – priced $325 for the set
fantastic Bassett two piece sectional in excellent condition – priced $395
Beautyrest extra long twin mattress with Leggett & Platt power foundation (both head and feet incline) – retails for around $1,600 – Jubilee Furniture price is $800 and we have two of them (both priced $800 each and they are LIKE NEW –if you bought ‘em both it would be like getting two for the price of one!) which you could put together to form a king size bed. Donor also donated sheets.
Bauhaus oversized chair for $85; matching Bauhaus sofa priced $135 – both in good condition
I’m terribly excited about a new connection with a number of showroom managers at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago! These two aluminum outdoor tables measure 36” across are from Lane Venture and retail for approximately $1,200 each. They are solid, lovely tables with umbrella openings. One has a flat edge the other a slant-in edge (can you see what I mean in the second photo?). I’m sorry I didn’t dust them before taking these photos! Priced $175 each
As wonderful as my new relationship with the Merchandise Mart is – you know my heart will always belong to Room & Board who – week in and week out – fill our truck with furniture goodness! This four piece Room & Board sectional needs to be thoroughly cleaned and there’s one small area where the piping cord is coming out – priced $125
this week R&B also donated a large bag of 18” square down-filled pillow forms which we’re selling for $8 each
lovely upholstered chairs – priced $85 each
amazing Lazboy rocker/recliner – this is a LARGE chair – in excellent condition (leather is not as red as this photo reads) – priced $145
lovely ONE piece china cabinet priced $125
fabulous square coffee table with protective glass top – priced $155
so sweet painted round table priced $135
two rolling chairs in great condition priced $30 each
fun side chairs in a shiny fabric with polka-dots! Seat cushions are extra firm. Priced $40 each
wonderful wardrobe – priced $125
this butcher-block top oak pedestal table was never used! Priced $250
sofa in excellent condition – except for a darkening of the fabric along two of the top back cushions – priced $65
cool, large glass and wood coffee table priced $75
swivel floral chair for $50
fabulous oval table, two leaves and six chairs – in wonderful condition – priced $225
Bassett two piece china cabinet – priced $125
lovely moss-green camel back sofa for $95
we have LOTS of table lamps in the store right now – prices vary between $15 and $35
Tim – my in-house art specialist – priced and hung tons of artwork yesterday. Framed prints are usually priced between $15 and $25. Original paintings are priced higher
Would you – dear reader – consider joining our rag-tag band of people who are working to make a difference in DuPage County by shopping at our store or making an online donation?
They might never make a movie about us – but that doesn’t mean we can’t live inspired lives. Determined? Check. Scrappy? Check. Middle-aged underdog? Check and score!