Thursday, March 16, 2017

Another "House Sale"

Our recent House Sale that we sponsored in Hinsdale, IL was a huge success financially for Wellness House.  It required a lot of planning, staging, developing a way for items to be priced so that some things that did not sell could come into The Courtyard, getting enough volunteers to donate their time to help direct people through the house, sell, wrap purchases etc.  We worked very closely with the 2 consigners who were giving 50% of the sales to Wellness House.  One of our merchandisers said "never again" while another said "never say never".

But look what was donated today.  A "house" that we felt we wanted to accept and apply our recently learned expertise.  So now we are having a different type of "house sale" in the shop.  The home is 5,133 square inches of living space at a cost of $7.69 per inch.  The house has a grand entrance with columns, a curved staircase, parquet floors with slate in the kitchen and carpeting in the bedrooms.  Fireplaces in parlor and kitchen and wood paneling with built-in shelves in the parlor.

There is great light that comes in through more than 30 windows and doors but fully electrified for dark evenings.  Come in for a complete tour and think about how happy you could make a young lady by purchasing her first home -- daughter, granddaughter or yourself!  Priced at $395.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Courtyard Sale - Furniture - Majolica and more!

Our upcoming moving designer home sale located at 46 S. County Line Road in Hinsdale, IL includes majolica, furniture, silver, crystal, glassware, many pictures and framed wine posters, a framed signed piece of golf memorabilia, Asian art, outdoor items, bolts of fabric, Asian linens, books and many other items too many to mention.
We know that there are many people who collect the older pieces of Majolica and it will be available  on the 2nd floor.  

The main floor this 1928 Zook home contains a large ultra suede sectional sofa, a 2 cushion matching sofa, a pair of Asian chairs, a Peruvian coffee table, many Oriental items, pictures, several rugs, silver, glassware, desk, baskets and many one of a kind things.

We will be passing out numbers beginning at 8:30 am and will allow 10 people into the house at a time because of it's size and the amount of walking space available.  Check out and wrapping for the 1st and 2nd floors will be done near the front door.  

The basement will have only garage sale items and check out will be cash or checks only.  We ask that you shop there last so that you won't have to carry your bags throughout the house. 

This has been a huge endeavor for us and without our volunteers and merchandisers donating their time and energy to this project we would not have been able to accomplish what we have so far.  We need everyone to come and shop, enjoy the house and most of all, support Wellness House
to help them continue their wonderful programs for those living with cancer.

The time of the sale is Friday, Feb. 24 from 9:00am until 3:00pm.
Saturday, Feb. 25 from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
All sales are final and you will need to have items removed from the house no later than
Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hinsdale House Sale

The Courtyard in Hinsdale, IL is trying something new.  It will be the first and only time that we are going to do this.  The sale will take place on Friday, Feb. 24th from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and Saturday, Feb. 25th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  The home, located at 46 S. County Line Road has been sold and the current resident will vacate the house very soon.  We were approached to do a sale of items that are not going to the new residence with 50% of the proceeds going to Wellness House which is our charity.  

The home is of historical significance built by R. Harold Zook in 1928.  There have been only 3 owners in that time including the last couple who lived there for 53 years.  It has all the original floors, built in cabinets, hardware, slate roof, beamed ceilings and paneling.  

On the 1st floor there will be furniture including a dining room table and chairs, a sectional sofa, chairs, ottomans, art work, tables, a grand piano and miscellaneous items.  The 2nd floor will have a large collection of majolica and many other decorative items.  Payment can be made with cash, credit cards and checks.  ALL items must be removed from the premises by 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon.  We will not have any moving help available or people who can help you take items to your vehicle.
In the basement will be garage sale items and we can accept only cash or checks for those things.

We will post more photos available as we receive them from the consigner.  Please mark your calendars and come early to get the items that you are looking for.  We will pass out numbers as you arrive and will let in a certain number of people at a time.  There is no parking on County Line Road so you will need to park on First Street.  Looking forward to seeing you there!  Remember, all the proceeds will go to Wellness House.

Continue to follow us on Facebook for more information and pictures with a link to our blog so you are aware of all that is happening.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Nutcrackers to go!

NUTCRACKERS any one?  We received a lot of them yesterday at The Courtyard many in unusual shapes and sizes.  These arrived just in time for the upcoming holidays and would make perfect gifts for the collector in your family or circle of friends.  

If you would prefer some other items to help decorate your home why not new holiday dishes?  We have both formal and informal -- even a set that shows how to build a snowman!  Really cute.

And Santa's?  Well of course, we have those too!

We also have dining room tables, chairs, Oriental rugs, sofas, lamps, chandeliers and wall art -- just about anything you need for your home or gift list this year.

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!