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Happy Birthday, America!

I love parades.  Marching bands set my feet to tapping.  Veterans make my heart swell with patriotic pride and cry with gratitude.  Add in grown men wearing silly hats and driving either tiny motorcycles or mini-cars and – seriously – what’s not to love!

For several years now I’ve thought Jubilee Furniture should enter a float in Wheaton’s 4th of July parade.  I live in south Wheaton and have been attending the parade for 18 or 19 years – so know it well.  Every year as I’ve thought this thought – while watching the parade – I’d forget about it until the following year as the Indian Princesses and their fathers were streaming past.

But not this year!  I added a reminder to my Outlook calendar – completed the application and submitted it with the proper entry fee with time to spare!  A sub-committee of my volunteer leadership team was formed, plans have been made, banners and t-shirts ordered and prayers for no rain but cooler temperatures duly prayed. 

Yesterday, I called Sherry – the amazing Wheaton Park District employee who’s coordinating the parade (she’s really been fabulous to deal with) – with a small hiccup in our plans. After some back and forth – Sherry laughed and said, “It’s all going to be fine.  Remember, we want the parade to be fun!”

And fun is exactly what we want customers to have when they shop at Jubilee Furniture!   Sure, we hope that fun includes buying a marvelous piece of furniture – and supporting Outreach Community Ministries at the same time (since the proceeds of what we sell help finance Outreach’s programs and services) – but even if it’s just stopping in to browse – we want your experience at the store to be a positive one.

If you came into Jubilee Furniture today between 1 and 8 or tomorrow from 9 to 4 – here are some of the new-to-us things you’ll find (technically, you’ll only – for sure – find them today at 1:00 p.m. since after that they could very well be sold):

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very nice plaid sleeper sofa priced $135

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great vintage rocker/recliner for $65

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excellent oak pedestal coffee table priced $125

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another super nice sleeper sofa – this one is smaller – priced $85

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this sofa is in really good condition – but the seat cushions are a bit lumpy – the sofa is priced $50; dark wood coffee table for $75; matching end tables (and there are two of them) priced $45 each

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this micro-suede chaise by Bauhaus probably started life as part of a sectional – but it really makes a nice chaise and is in excellent condition – priced $95

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two end tables – top opens for storage (see the hinges?) – bases appears to be made from old crates with writing on them – but they might be reproductions (though if they are – they’re excellent ones) – priced $75 each.  Behind photo on left is a Crate and Barrel sofa – in fabulous condition – that’s I forgot to take a photo of that I’ve priced ???  (I think $225? – call me at 630.337.1467 if you want the exact price – sorry!)

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metal outdoor table with four chairs – fine as is but could use a coat of paint – priced $85; market umbrella and stand priced $50

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fabulous chaise by Sealy – needs some spot cleaning – priced $225

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blue velour sleeper sofa – also by Sealy – priced $125

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great Pottery Barn writing desk priced $155 – chairs are from last week and I don’t remember what I priced ‘em – just scroll down to last Friday’s post if you’re interested

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super nice dresser by Century – priced $85

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micro-suede sofa and ottoman – sofa arms are pretty worn/dirty but the rest is in good condition (and isn’t that what throws are for – to hide stuff like that?) – priced $125

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funky retro chairs – five of them for $65; kitchen table is priced $35

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nice ornate end table priced $40 and there are two of them

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This End Up furniture – in excellent condition – cushion color is darker than it looks in my photos – sofa is priced $95; loveseat for $65; chair for $40

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fun vintage dinette set by Kayson – drop leaf table with two chairs priced $40

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neat square table (top needs a little work) priced $65; two chairs from Crate and Barrel are priced $40 each; similar chairs – but different and not from C & B are priced $25 each

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here’s ANOTHER chaise – this one is fabulous, super comfortable and in excellent condition, priced $225; leather cube ottomans are priced $25 each

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painted pine two piece china cabinet priced $50

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gorgeous double pedestal table by Universal with two leaves and table pads priced $225; two chairs on each end are $45 each; and the Calico Corner wingback chairs from last week have been marked down due to stains I didn’t see last week – one is $55 and the other $40

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wonderful arm chair – only one – priced $75

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great smaller desk priced $65

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Alexvale over-sized chair – arms need cleaning – priced $60

So, if you’re planning on attending Wheaton’s 4th of July parade (get details here) – please stay until the very end – because you know they save the best for last – like the Jubilee Furniture float!

We might not bring a tear to your eye or a lump to your throat – but when you see the Jubilee Furniture banners you’ll know the parade is almost over and even for us diehard parade lovers – that’s a good thing!

Peace out, dear reader!

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