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Steve Jobs 1955–2011

I was surprised at how sad I felt when I learned of Steve Jobs’ death earlier this week.  Needless to say, I didn’t know him personally and I don’t even own an Apple product (though my kids do).  Was it because he was only a few years older than me?  Similar to the passing of any iconic, innovative, creative individual?  The end of a man who was a pioneer and visionary in creating and improving technology– personal computers, digital music and cell phones?  The knowledge that ultimately – no matter how wealthy or smart or business savvy you are – death will find you?

All of the above?

Death makes me think about what’s important and what’s not so important.  How I want to live my life.  How grateful I am for today – this moment.   How relationships should trump “things” and how we’re all connected – through our humanity – to each other and thus have a responsibility to one another.

That’s a big reason why I work where I do – because I value relationships and desire to help others in my small way. 

Many of you have been on the receiving end of my “how shopping at Jubilee Furniture is impacting those most in need in DuPage County through the programs and services offered through Outreach Community Ministries” spiel.  But no matter how many times I say it – it shouldn’t diminish the fact that it’s true.  I would never want anyone to buy something at the store just to support Outreach – but when you find something you love and can use in your home – PLUS – you’re helping area kids and families – well that’s the icing on the cake!

Speaking of things for your home, let’s take a look at some of the new-to-us merchandise available for purchase today (Friday) from 1 to 8 and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 to 4!

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moss green micro-suede love seat for $125

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lovely blue floral Knob Creek sofa priced $135

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Berne camel back sofa (photo makes it look better than it actually is) priced $95; oval coffee table with glass insert for $30

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amazing, unusual curio cabinet priced $185 (last photo is of the back)

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excellent bookcases – two matching – one permanent shelf and three adjustable shelves – lovely trim at top – priced $125 each

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another set of very nice bookcases – again one permanent shelf and three adjustable – note nice curved detail at top – priced $125 each

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sleeper sofa – needs to be cleaned – priced $40

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micro-suede sofa priced $95; lovely round coffee table for $125

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set of four, hand crafted, solid wood, comfortable and well made chairs priced $200 for all four

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amazing Crate and Barrel sofa – down (or down like) filled cushions (excellent quality – you feel the difference the moment you sit down) – only problem is tears along the back where you’d lean when sitting – almost looks like a two-year old took a pair of scissors and cut out pieces of fabric (someone tried to patch – but the holes are still pretty obvious).  This is a seriously gorgeous sofa but priced $125 due to rips

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This End Up sofa for $145; matching chair for $85; add on shelf/table for $20

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extremely nice leather and suede four piece sectional by Plunkett Furniture – one rip and some structural damage on one arm (you can kinda see what I’m talking about in the last photo) priced $325

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here are photos of the Pottery Barn rugs I mentioned in my Tuesday post – starting with the blue/reddish one it’s 8 x 10 and priced $175; green/tannish rug is 5 x 8 and priced $125; rusty red/tannish is 8 x 10 and also priced $175 – all are in very good condition

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cool older sofa priced $65

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twin size futon with mattress for $145 (in excellent condition)

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three piece sectional – one part is a sleeper – priced $65

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gorgeous king size head board, foot board and side rails priced $375; king mattress and box spring for $225

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one-of-a-kind (because it’s hand crafted) twin size bed frame over 10 drawers (yep, TEN DRAWERS) – quality built, oak, heavy, super nice – priced $365

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here’s another amazing king size head board, foot board and side rails priced $350

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very nice, wing backs that also recline – there are three matching priced $135 each

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rolling kitchen island priced $50

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IKEA desk in excellent condition priced $60

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dresser with hutch priced $40; matching night stand for $15

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we have a bunch of Phillips 26” color TVs (no remotes) which we’re selling for $10 each – they haven’t been tested (donor said they all work) but we’ll provide a full refund – one week from date of purchase – if it doesn’t work once you get it home.  Ten dolla for a TV?  Can’t beat it!

In a commencement speech given in 2005 at Stanford University, Steve Jobs told the graduates:

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

And that’s my prayer for you, dear reader – the ability to listen well to your heart and intuition and then the courage to act on what you hear.

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