Sunday, September 25, 2016

25th Anniversary of The Courtyard

As many of you may know, we have been celebrating our 25th year of supporting Wellness House and the programs they offer to those living with cancer.  





It all started with 3 close friends and the help of a few others whose lives had been touched by cancer and were looking for a way to help raise funds for Wellness House which had opened just a year before.  They invited friends and relatives to come to a party and bring either a financial donation or an item that could be sold in the newly created shop.   The rest as they say is history.  Things have changed over the years, volunteers have come and gone, but the passion remains.  Still staffed by volunteers, there is now a manager and assistant manager overseeing things.  The 3 women who started all of this?  They are still there every day, decorating, taking in consignments on Monday's and they continue to love what they do.  


The evening was a huge success that included a balloon release with messages to those we have lost from cancer, time to renew friendships with former volunteers and supporters and the presentation of a proclamation give by the Illinois House of Representatives as well as a plaque from Wellness House in recognition of the $4,000,000.00 we have given to them during our 25 years.  




The Courtyard would not be the success it is without our wonderful customers and consigners who keep our inventory new and fresh and help us maintain the high level of quality items that we offer.  Everyone has worked very hard to make our reputation as strong and good as it can be and continue to do that on a daily basis.  Thank you to all who have supported us in any way -- we couldn't do it without you!

Monday, August 1, 2016

3 Bargains of the Week -- BOTW at The Courtyard

Periodically, we have donated items that we can reduce to very affordable prices so that our loyal customers can find a real bargain while helping out Wellness House by funding the programs they offer to people who live with cancer.  This week we have 3 such items -- our Bargains of the Week (BOTW).


First, we have a beautiful antique mahogany Victorian sideboard.  There is a center drawer and each side opens for storage with shelves.  It was originally $995.00 but is now only $395.00.


Second, we have a large glass front cabinet with shelving behind the glass, a pull out shelf and 2  doors on the bottom with shelving inside.  It would make a great bar with storage for your glassware on top, bottles on the bottom and the shelf pulled out for mixing and serving.   Let your imagination soar and come up with the perfect storage idea for your home!  This is now only $425.00 down from $1,100.00.


Third, we have a vintage solid wooden dictionary stand that will fit into a corner somewhere or stand prominently in your home.  Show off your favorite coffee table book, a family bible or what it was originally designed for!  Originally $145.00 it is now just $75.00.  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sofas to Go! The Courtyard

We have 2 very nice sofas that need a new home and very quickly.  One is pale pink with rolled arms.  The other is a soft celery green.  We have a large shipment coming in this Monday, 5/9/2016, so these have be out before that.  We are offering each of them at $125 and they have to be gone by Monday.  Come in and see what a great deal this is -- a BIG Bargain of the Week!



Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wellness House Walk

Today was the 2016 annual Walk for Wellness House and despite the cold and rainy weather, there was a huge turnout.  Over 3000 people affected by cancer walk in the door at Wellness House with over 2,700 visits each year.  While this is free to each and every person who benefit from the programs and facilities, it is not free to operate.  Wellness House provides many services to the cancer community and operate entirely on donations.  It's why The Courtyard is such a special place because all of the funds raised by us go to Wellness House.


The Courtyard Cruisers came with their decorated floral hats because today is May Day.  Some walked, one ran, some monitored our booth explaining to those stopping by what we are all about while we shared this very special experience.  Some of us are cancer survivors while others have family and friends who are currently fighting cancer and yet others of us have lost someone close to them because of this disease.


Near the START/FINISH line is a tent with balloons that you can write a message to someone special in your life affected by cancer and just before the race begins, they are all released -- it's an emotional and memorable moment to realize how many people have been touched by this disease.
Thanks to those who participated and helped raise $500,000 for Wellness House!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mother's Day at The Courtyard

Just in case you have forgotten, Mother's Day is only a week away!  But never fear because we have you covered.  Lots of beautiful vintage jewelry -- rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will suit any and all tastes.  Some formal, some casual..  And all reasonably priced.  If you are not sure just what the mother in your life would prefer, we have gift certificates of any denomination to fit your needs.  It is the one designated day each year to honor your mother or the mother of your children and let them know how much you appreciate and love them.  Come shop with us!


Friday, April 15, 2016

More Bargains of the Week

We have 2 new items that are being offered as BOTW.  First, is a mahogany 5 drawer chest that is in very good condition.  It is now only $450.  We are also offering a unique mahogany 3 tier server with great storage now priced at just $395.  Stop in tomorrow to see these for yourself.  We would love to sell them before the carpeting installation that begins Monday, April 18th.  We have several sets of china, a pine hutch from a previous BOTW priced at $100, a lot of beautiful artwork and many other items that make a home special.  See you tomorrow!



Monday, April 11, 2016

Maco Braga Figural Scale

Today we received an unusual circa 1880 Maco Braga figural brass quadruple scale in a nautical motif.  Supposedly, the Loch Ness monster is shown at the top with other sea creatures depicted.  It stands 24" tall and is complete with all the original weights.  This is a "must-see" piece and is priced at only $550.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Just arrived today -- 4/4/2016

Today's arrivals were large furniture pieces only and we received a lot of great new items.  We have a Campaign king size bed with large side storage pieces on either side.  The headboard is low and doesn't show well in the photo but there is lighting in the overhead piece.  Very nice look and would be great in a condo, loft or smaller home for extra storage.  


In addition to the bed shown above, we received two lovely green swivel chairs with a matching ottoman, several dining room tables and chairs, a lighted china cabinet, a white casual dining table with 6 matching chairs, sconces, a pair of matching chandeliers, Oriental rug, 2 sofas, many side chairs, mirror, armoire, small desk with bookcase top, and a lot of other wonderful items.

Remember to check our our new and improved web page to see items in our shop that you can browse by category.  It will take a few days to get all of our new merchandise photographed, uploaded, entered and ready for viewing -- please be patient and keep checking to see what's new!
www.shopthecourtyard.com  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

New Webpage!!!

After months of work, our manager has gotten our new webpage up and running!  It is user friendly and easy to navigate.  You asked for more pictures so now you have them.  Furniture items are in categories and simple to follow the price and when the prices go down.  There is also a category for BOTW -- Bargain of the Week -- that shows what has been donated and is now at a super low price to try and sell before we pass it on to another charity.  After all, our goal is to make money for Wellness House so any of the BOTW items we sell gives the funds to them.  Check out the new webpage at www.shopthecourtyard.com and see for yourself how great it is.  Below, we have 2 featured BOTW items for you to view.  The first is a pine 2 piece hutch with good storage and shallow enough not to take up a lot of space in your kitchen, den, dining room, wherever.  Now just $100.00

 Second we have a white bookcase and desk combination with good display or storage space.  This would be great for a childs room with drawers and room for a laptop.  Now just $100.00

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Another Bargain of the Week 3/16/2016

Before long, we are going to have to rename this idea of marking down donated items for quick sale as the "Bargain of the Day".  We have literally been selling a BOTW every day -- amazing and awesome.  We wanted to try this to attract some new customers and it seems to be working.  Several have sold by phone and sight unseen just from the photos on Facebook and the blog.  Well aware that the younger members of our community are all on social media, we felt that we could appeal to many of them through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/The-Courtyard-419086284795890/, our blog www.shopthecourtyard.blogspot.com, our Pinterest account https://www.pinterest.com/thecourtyard63/
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The dresser is 6 drawers, wood, and in good condition.  It is now just $75 so come and get it!