In my new role working exclusively with donors and doing business development I’m removed from the store side of things and don’t always make the connection between what someone’s donated and the actual piece of furniture – unless it’s unique.
About three weeks ago I receive a call about a much-loved antique sideboard that was worth a fair amount of money but no longer worked for the donor. That week when I came in to take photos for the blog I recognized the piece from the donor’s description. It was beautiful!
Last week it sold – and though I can’t often do this – I was able to contact the donor to let them know. I mentioned to Bruce that I had done so and that the donor was thrilled the donation had turned into a nice profit which would help support the programs and services at Outreach. Bruce said, “It gets even better, Susan.”
So, Sharon, I hope you’re reading.
Two sisters stopped in the store and immediately spot this gorgeous, antique oak sideboard and can’t believe their eyes! It’s almost an identical match to one their mother used to have but no longer did due to sad/hard circumstances. They buy it knowing their mom will be over-the-moon thrilled and will love and cherish it.
Granted not all our furniture is beloved and cherished by our donors – but a lot of it is – and to know the item is purchased by someone who will also love and cherish it – and that that purchase is helping those most vulnerable in DuPage County – is one of my favorite parts of my job.
So as you wander around Jubilee Furniture today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday) from 1 to 8 or on Saturday from 9 to 4 – though you might not know the back-story to a piece of furniture – please know it indeed has one and it’s often a story of fond memories, happy occasions and much love!
And what might you find as you’re wandering? Great question! Let’s take a look at SOME of the furniture which was recently donated:
this is a really beautiful coffee table – I love the Oriental style of the trim and legs – there’s protective glass on top. It’s priced $85
LOVE this plaid sofa by Smithe Craft! Looks in really good condition. Priced $175
a little elbow grease is all that’s needed to turn this round side table from bland to fabulous! Priced $45
Bauhaus brown micro-suede chair and ottoman – there’s green tape with the price on both pieces (“official” price tag is coming!) – some wear but overall very nice. Priced $165
admittedly this sofa/entry table isn’t to everyone’s taste – but the craftsmanship and quality are gorgeous! Two brass swans sit atop a polished stone base and support a beveled piece of glass trimmed in brass. The same piece is selling on One Kings Lane for $1,495 (retails for $5,500 – here’s a link that I hope works [I had to sign in so I’m not 100% sure if it will take you directly there or if you’ll have to sign in too]). Jubilee Furniture price? $985
this is sort of an unusual coffee table with it’s tray like top lined with a mirror – but it’s interesting and in good condition. Priced $65
this brown velour Room & Board sofa is in excellent condition and is priced $525
great condition armless loveseat by McCreary Modern – priced $165
two nice side chairs – note wear on the arms – priced $55 each
two lovely green velvet sofas – one is a sleeper – both invite you to sit down and relax! Priced $115 each (there’s some minor wear on the fabric – velvet tends to get “scratched” if you know what I mean)
we received a good number of really beautiful coffee tables this week – here’s a round glass topped one for $75
I went a like overboard taking photos of these two cane-backed chairs – I love the details and was trying to capture them! We’re selling the set for $175
here’s the final new-to-us coffee table that I love! It’s brushed brass and silver with the glass top – simple yet elegant! Priced $115
a leather loveseat and sofa by Divani in a fantastic color. Both have some issues with some scratches/cracking that give them a distressed look. The loveseat is priced $215 and the sofa is $265
great black stand for your flat screen TV with lots of storage, priced $85
these rolling leather chairs are from the Leather Center and are in excellent condition and very comfortable. The leather color is the same (not sure why the one chair in the second photo looks darker – must be the lighting – because it’s not). I thought we picked up four of them – but maybe two sold already? – priced $135 each
lovely two piece oak lighted china cabinet by Richardson Brothers – priced $75
a volunteer purchased this amazing gold retro sofa about 18 months ago and then just re-donated it. It’s in excellent condition and priced $315
super sweet two drawer nightstand by Heritage in excellent condition – priced $55
though the top of this drop leaf table needs to re-finished – I love it! Look at the pedestal! Look at the little wheels! Priced $145
beautiful computer cabinet – love the louvers style doors – priced $145
though one corner of this two piece sectional is damaged (see it in the second photo?) and it’s probably missing a third piece (you can’t see it in the first photo but that end on the left is armless and there was, probably, a chaise or another piece to finish it off) – but at $35 it’s a steal!
true wardrobe – looks cedar lined – painted green and white. Lovely simple lines. Priced $145
fabulous full-size antique head board, foot board and rails – priced $380
very nice four poster cheery wood queen-size head board, foot board and side rails – priced $215 (mattress and box spring are sold separately)
Here’s to wonderful donors, fabulous customers, amazing pieces of furniture and to you, dear reader! May your story today have a similar lovely ending to the one I shared at the beginning of this post!