Jubilee Furniture weekly update for Friday, May 31, 2013

The end of each month is always an extra busy time with lots of donation calls due to folks moving.  This time of year also increases incoming calls since people are holding estate and garage sales and then donating whatever doesn’t sell.  Thursdays are normally a little crazy since it’s crunch time getting the store ready for today.  Additionally, yesterday Dan Snyder (Jubilee Furniture Warehouse Manager) hurt his back and I assisted with the last couple of donation pickups (no big deal, Mom – I’m fine).  Phew.

Have I set the stage properly?  Has your blood pressure risen a bit as you empathize with my plight?  Good – then maybe you won’t judge me too harshly with what happens next.

Obviously, after a day like I had – and since my husband was working and wouldn’t be home until late, and with a couple of extra people at my house – I suggested we go out for dinner, which we did.  Dinner over, I start hunting for my car keys (cue dramatic music).  Can’t find them.  Anywhere.  Uh ho.

Locking my keys in my car is something – truth be told – I’ve done before (though not for many years).  Locking my keys in my car WHILE IT’S STILL RUNNING is a first for me.  Thankfully, Abby had her keys with her and it was no big deal.

Disaster averted, we stop at Target on our way home.  I carefully turn off the car, remove the keys and put them safely in my purse.  I mosey around the store (one of my favorites) and, not surprisingly, find a number of things I want to buy.  I pay for my purchases and walk away from the register.  Jack’s fiancĂ©e, Ali, is behind me and also buys some stuff.  She finishes and walks up to me with a bag of cards which I’d left at the register.  What?!  This is not normal behavior for me.  Tired brain?  Foreshadowing of things to come? Gulp.

Another amazing store to browse through is…Jubilee Furniture, of course!  With 30,000 square feet of fabulous furniture it’s so worth making special plans to come in during our limited hours of operations (Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4).

The following photos will give you a preview of some of the furniture donated this week!

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very nice dresser w/mirrored hutch priced $95; matching chest of drawers is also $95

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two nice side chairs – upholstery is showing wear and needs to be cleaned – priced $45 each

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fun, carved, oval side table with glass priced $55 each

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my camera is losing it – this is a lovely deep brown colored leather chair from Walter E. Smithe  in excellent condition – except – for a patch job on one arm.  Priced $175

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nice Lazboy wingback/recliner priced $65

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black/tan/brown geometric patterned chair by Bauhaus priced $95 (there’s a throw pillow on it too)

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two lovely Drexel side chairs priced $150 each

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another fun patterned chair – also by Lazyboy and it reclines – priced $125


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gorgeous mid-century modern dresser/buffet with lots of storage priced $265; in front of the dresser is – I believe – an antique, wood and iron music stand priced $55

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lovely two piece curved sofa – some wear but overall in great condition – priced $165

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sweet secretary – from the 1930s (we think) – priced $150

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lovely roll top maple desk – in excellent condition and also as sweet as can be – priced $145

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Bassett sofa – one small rip along seam otherwise in good condition – priced $125

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wonderful Chippendale coffee table priced $55; armless loveseat priced $65

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mahogany dresser priced $125; matching gentlemen’s dresser for $95

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lovely brass and glass square coffee table for $85

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desk – some issues with the top surface – priced $75

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lovely Craftmaster  upholstered chair with nail-head trim (which I love) – note the kitty claw marks on the back – priced $50

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oops – I forgot to write down how much this sofa is priced for – it’s in decent condition and I’m guessing it around $100

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blond wood table with one self-storing leaf (which is nice) priced $55; four rolling chairs – all in great shape – priced $100 for all four; black bookshelf/end table for $55

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three piece executive desk priced $125 for the whole thing!

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round, glass and metal table with two chairs priced $95 for the set

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okay – lots of white wicker here – let’s start with the trunk which is priced $50; white wicker chair is $75; one drawer nightstand is $35; taller chest (which was from a week or two ago) is priced $75; two different queen size headboards are $35 each; three drawer dresser with mirror is $95; white bamboo framed standing mirror is $65 – everything is in excellent condition

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oh my – fabulous vintage table (note pattern on table top) with one leaf and six chairs – all in great condition – priced $145 for everything!

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wonderful sunny yellow retro loveseats (there are two of them) in good condition, priced $85 each; long coffee table (with wee little wheels) priced $55

There are many good things I can do to keep my body and mind functioning well – and I’m doing a lot of them – but then, ultimately, it’s anyone’s guess what might happen.  My goal, dear reader, is to be fully present in this moment, letting go of the past, full of hope about the future and get an extra car key that I stash in my purse!


A Question I Asked Hubby

When my granddaughter was here in March, I had her try on my wedding dress. I just wanted to see if it would fit or, truthfully, see how much larger than her I was as a bride. She's normally a size 2, but is probably a 4 right now because of the pregnancy but she gets weight off so easily I could scream. Ain't so with her grandma! Anyway, it wouldn't even zip up past her hips. Talk about depressing. I thought I'd cry since I was smaller than her when I got married. She's always been tiny even at 5' 4 1/2" tall, exactly like me. My daughter, her mother, is 5' 11" tall. I am the shortest one of our family. Granddaughter is also endowed with the family chest. We all have more than is wanted in that department. Just our heritage as my mother, all my aunts, my maternal grandmother and most of my cousins are well-endowed in that area. Why is it that all of us who have it don't want it and others who don't have it want more? A friend of mine is small and would like a bit more, but I'm always telling her: No, you don't. You really don't.

But that brought me to asking hubby about it. I said, "As a man, why do all of you look at the chests at women?" He, being a man, should know. His very serious answer? "We're hard-wired." I nearly fell over laughing. He's so honest about it. He looks at women just like any other man. I doubt most women are that concerned about the size of their chests.

Oh, and granddaughter? She eats like a horse. I mean she packs it away. Candy? Loves it! Pie, cake, ice cream? Eats it often. Always has to have dessert when we go out to eat. And just like me, if I bake a pie or cake for a special occasion, I have to eat some as soon as it cools from the oven. Drives my hubby nuts. That happened at Thanksgiving at her house. I baked the pie the day before and she and I had some. Hubby just glared at us both. She's so like me, more than her mother really. She just never seems to get fat. Life is not fair!

A beautiful clearing in a yard for this dining setting and torches walkway, lots of plants and a building with a canvas top. Perfect for warm evening dinners.

Looks like a large kitchen in the mountains if looking through that far window. It looks like snow covered mountains back there. But it is a huge kitchen.

This must be a very northern European country photo of a living room. You get such marvelous light in that part of the world and simple lines of furniture with bright coverings for the furniture.

Another way to store your bedding and laces. Charming.

A sweet setting of flowers on a charming table.

What a tub to bathe in. Lots of room around for setting soaps, towels, bottles of scents and perfumes, and candles.

Another beautiful purple decorated bottle.

Aren't these cute?! A really fun way to jazz up your paper clips.

Has to be in Europe somewhere. Beautiful lavender and periwinkle wisteria.

A door to an old cottage with a purple door, knocker, mail slot and a #10 on its door.

It took a brave person to paint her gate this color, a woman with vision I think. Just beautiful!!!!

Another compact kitchen but elegantly appointed with essentials.

A bed or sofa to dream in with a canopy overhead and done in relaxing white with 2 splashy throw pillows for color.

I. Want. This. Purse! It's the cutest thing I've seen in  froufrou bags.

I'm still working on my 2 French cane chairs. Maybe soon I'll have them all done and can show them to you.


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