Friday, March 27, 2015

Our Recliners: Something for Everyone

Have you seen our motion recliners yet? They come in all shapes and sizes and are très relaxing. You should seriously come by and check this action out.

The following is a list of types and descriptions of the recliners that we carry, as well as a few examples along with them.

Power recliners are the most famous and loved of the recliners today. They are designed for people who have difficulty adjusting their recliner, so they have an electric motor that helps the person recline and helps lift them out of their chair. They are also great for people suffering medical problems like back pains and arthritis. These recliners also avoid the effort it takes to get comfortable with a mechanical reclining system.

Item #: U74303-98. CL Price: $999.90.
Our Casscoe-Granite power rocker recliner is the definition of sleek and smooth. The padded arms and supportive seating are an additive bonus to a great package.

Zero wall recliners actually move forward when they recline, rather than back into the wall behind them. This makes them the perfect choice for smaller spaces.

Item #: 21201-82. CL Price: $799.90.
This Beamard-Galaxy zero wall power wide recliner gives you plenty of space in the seat while not hitting the wall at all. It featured top-grain leather in the seating areas with matched vinyl everywhere else. Bring a blanket and pillow to cuddle with and a good book to read and you're set for a nice, relaxing evening.

The classic recliner is the classic style that you know and love with the mechanical system to recline the seat.

Model #: 9B14. Fabric #: 22149B. CL Price: $999.
This classic-style recliner may be classic, but it is by no means ordinary. It is known as "The Beast" for a reason. Have an extra large man or woman in your life? This recliner is just for them. It will both comfort that big person in your life and save space at the same time. It breaks down easily for transport and to avoid bulk. Check out this masterpiece chair today!

Rocker recliners can be used as a rocking chair on an arched path (see the arrows below the chair design) when fully upright or recliner when reclined back. They're the best of both worlds.

Item #: 750-05-25. CL Price: $269.
Our Darcy Rocker Recliner rocks! With its comfy pillow-top armrests and a one-pull reclining motion in the handle on the side, this will be sure to make the perfect seat for your living room.

Glider recliners are similar to rocker recliners, except they glide back and forward in a smooth motion on a linear path versus swaying back and forward on an arched one (see the arrows under the chair design). 

Item #: 214-04-61. CL Price: $349.
The Mannix Durablend recliner glides softly back and forward, making you feel as if you're floating on a cloud. It also swivels, allowing you to turn wherever the action is without having to get up. Once you sit down, you'll never want to get up.

A swivel recliner has a base that can swivel around in a full circle, while the chair back can recline and the footrest comes up when the back is pushed back. It also has the rocking quality, which makes it a comfortable and soothing option.

Item #: U5093-20-04. CL Price: $999.
This lush Magnus swivel recliner has electric reclining power and acts as a rocker too. You'll never want anything else once you try it.

Comfort plus recliners offer extra padding and/or lumbar support. They're extra soft and comfortable, so if you have achy joints, limbs, or back, these recliners are for you.

Item #: 13903-25. CL Price: $399.90.
This Duraplush recliner is extra soft and cushy for that luxurious relaxed feel that you want when you're laying back in the heart of your own home.

Come on by and see what we have to offer. You won't believe the selection, quality, and price! We also deliver, so don't let distance stop you!

We're open from 9am to 6pm every day. If you have a question, feel free to call and ask! Our home furniture number is: 503-230-7716. Have a great day! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring into Spring with Our Bright, Colorful Chairs!

We have some fun folding colorful chairs right in time for spring!

Some of them are shiny and vinyl...

Shiny orange folding chair. #: 84681. CL Price: $16.99.

Shiny blue folding chair. #: 84680. CL Price: $16.99.

Shiny green folding chair. #: 84682. CL Price: $16.99.

And some with festive flower designs AND the fun spring colors...

Shiny blue flower folding chair. #: 84677. CL Price: $16.90.

Shiny green flower folding chair. #: 84676. CL Price: $16.90.

Shiny orange flower folding chair. #: 84674. CL Price: $16.90.

Have a great day all! We're open 9am-6pm every day, so come on by and visit!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PDX Carpet: Great News!!

Great news everybody! The Port of Portland has accepted the bid on our behalf by our very own Emma Pelett for the PDX carpet and we will be able to pick it up next month! We plan on repurposing the carpet into welcome mats and rugs. This is HUGE, and we'll tell you why.

The Portland International Airport's carpet has a huge cult following (#pdxcarpet on Instagram), three Twitter accounts, and even its own line of socks and shirts. "The carpet covers over 14 acres throughout the terminal," reports, "the equivalent of 10 Portland city blocks."

In 1987, SRG Architects took on the carpet design because of the annoying clicking clacking noises on the hard airport floors. The floors were also very plain and very dull while the airport wanted to make the place cozier for welcoming people home.

They didn't want the carpet colors to be boring and they wanted to bring in the fun colors and feel of the northwest. The final pattern, according to, "corresponded to Portland's intersecting North-South runways, as seen from the control tower."

The Port of Portland had to think carefully about the future of the carpet because it has sentimental value to the community as a whole and we are extremely flattered that they chose us. We will take the best care of the carpet that we can and will work hard to make these repurposed welcome mats and rugs into products that you will enjoy.

Happy Almost St. Patrick's Day: Shoot and Score with City Liquidators

Happy almost St. Patrick's day everybody! The celebration day is just around the corner, and we want you to be prepared. Below we have a recipe for Shamrocked Shooters with our very own 5-piece barware set and shot glasses!


5-Piece Barware Set

Only $24.99 at City Liquidators!


Duck Dynasty Shot Glasses

These are green... right? Only $4.99 at City Liquidators!

We found the following shot recipe from's cocktail section, written by cocktails expert, Colleen Graham.
Shamrocked Shooters

Shamrocked Shooter.  © cristi lucaci / Dollar Photo Club

Prep Time: 3 Minutes.
Total Time: 3 Minutes.
Yield: 1 Shooter.

  • 2 ounces Midori melon liqueur.
  • 1/2 ounce Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.
  • 1/2 ounce Carolan's Irish Cream liqueur.
  1. Pour the ingredients into the cocktail shaker (which is in the barware set) full of ice.
  2. Shake incredibly well.
  3. Strain into a Duck Dynasty shot glass.
  4. Drink up and enjoy!
Have a safe and fun St. Patrick's Day and enjoy. We're here from 9am to 6pm every day, so feel free to come on by and visit!

Monday, March 9, 2015

German Pump Organs: Their History and What We Have

German Pump Organ... What Is It And How Does It Work?

The pump organ is a type of harmonium. This is a reed organ, which is, according to Encyclopædia Britannica, "any keyboard instrument sounded by the vibration of metal reeds under wind pressure." The reeds vibrate within a slot with close tolerance and no pipes. The pump organ is a version of this that is used by pumping air into the instrument with your feet on pedals while you play the keys.

The pieces of a reed organ are the reeds, bellows, keys, and stops.

The reeds sound when air is blown across them, forming a vacuum effect. The bellows are operated by a hand lever or two foot pedals. They are the source of the vacuum effect over the reeds. They expand to fill with air, and then collapse to push air out. The keys are the end of the lever system and are manipulated by both the fingers and the vacuum effect to create sound. There are two guide pins keeping each key in place; one allows the keys to move up and down, while the other prevents them from slipping side to side. Last there are the stops. These allow air to flow out of the organ from the reeds. Pump organs have two types of stops; speaking and mechanical. Speaking stops control the amount of air reaching the reeds, while mechanical stops act as secondary stops and control everything else.

Pump organs' volume ranges were restricted since they weren't as big of organs as, say, pipe organs. As a result, they were most often found in smaller churches and private residences.

The History Behind It

The earliest surviving record of the organ, according to Encyclopædia Britannica, " of the Greek engineer Ctesibius, who lived in Alexandria in the 3rd century BC. He is credited with the invention of an organ... called a hydraulus... A clay model of a hydraulus was discovered in 1885 in the ruins of Carthage."

A hydraulus organ is also known as a water organ. It is a type of pipe organ that converts moving water into an energy source to drive the air pressure through the pipes of the instrument, fueling the organ.

Organs in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance were in many Christian churches. Descriptions of organs at that time claimed that the instruments were loud, difficult to operate, and weren't used for anything more than simple songs. There were three types of organ used during this time; the positive, the portative, and the regal.

The positive organ was a one-person manual organ that was relatively mobile. This included chamber organs, box organs, and chests.

The portative organ is smaller than the positive organ, and has less ranks of pipes and a smaller keyboard. It has one rank of flue pipes, which will be in either one or two rows. It would be strapped to a performer at a right angle while they work the bellows with one hand and the keys with the other.

The regal organ was small and portable, and had beating reeds and two bellows. The sound was made with brass reeds held in resonators. It needed two people to play it (one for the keys, one to pump the bellows, and was mostly played on a table or flat surface of some sort. Few of these survived from the past due to wars and tumultuous life events.

Harmoniums were very popular because many times regular pipe organs were too large and/or too expensive for small churches and private homes. They also weighed less and were more durable than regular pianos and pipe organs.

A pipe organ from Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church in Michigan, USA. (Photo courtesy of

Most of harmoniums' popularity in Europe stemmed from this because the organs were able to stand the trip over not-so-stable walkways, like cobblestone, which made them easier to ship. Tropical regions loved these too because, unlike pianos, harmoniums were able to stay in tune and in shape regardless of humidity and heat. They hit their peak of popularity in the early 1900s, and that was when all sorts and styles of the instrument were being made. Each origin of the harmonium varied slightly, but overall the organs were very well-loved and well-used.

When the 1930s rolled around though, harmoniums started to go out of style. A new organ was in town and it was powered by electricity. There was no more high-maintanence, no more pumping the bellows, and no more big, clumsy machines. Now the organ has caught up with the times and is using electricity as power to full rooms with its music.

Pump Organs In Pop Culture
Steven Tyler's pump organ was featured on the show, Pawn Stars. Check out the clip below to hear the story behind it and the worth as well.

What Do We Have?
We have a German Pump Organ for sale. It was made by the company, Hillstrom Organ Co. and, strangely enough, it wasn't based in Germany, but in Chesterton, Indiana right here in the United States.

An old Hillstrom Organs ad. (Photo courtesy of

The organ was created in the early 20th century because right after the owner, C.O. Hillstrom, died, the factory soon ceased its operations. We have one for sale now for $299.99 in our antique and used warehouse.

So call us or stop by between 9am and 6pm to check out this gorgeous artifact of times past! We'd love to see you!

Have a great day!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Buying Furniture: How to Measure a Space for Furniture and Delivery

Some people love to shop for furniture and love the experience and others hate it. Either way, nobody wants to go through the hassle of measuring for the furniture. You can just eye it and it'll work out, right? Measuring is just so endless and it's such a pain, right? Then there's all these steps and it'll take forever, there's just no point.

Well we're here to help and to tell you it's not as painful or complicated as you may think. Measuring for your furniture and its delivery is important. Every so often, people get lucky and eyeing it works. But more often than not, it doesn't work out. Then there's returns, delivery people get there with the furniture then have to go back, and you get more of a hassle and headache than you bargained for. It's easy to love a piece of furniture, but it needs to be able to fit through your front door. So save yourself some time, money, and Advil, and measure. We'll show you, and everything will be ok.

First of all, before anything, WRITE DOWN YOUR MEASUREMENTS AND SAVE THEM. This way you only have to work through this process once. That's always a great feeling.

1) Measure Your Room.

  • Measure the doorway to make sure the furniture will fit through it. Measure the width, height, and a diagonal (from top corner to opposite side's bottom corner). Measure inside the door frames too.
  • Measure the length from the entrance to the far wall. This tells you if you can bring the furniture all the way in and how easy or difficult it will be to maneuver once inside.
  • Measure the length, width, and height of the room.
  • Measure any and all obstacles in the room, i.e.: radiators, space where the door moves (if it moves into the room), fireplaces, etc.
  • With windows, measure the height from the floor, and the window's width and height on its own.

2) Measure Your Home for Delivery.

  • Entryways: Measure all entryways that the furniture has to go through. Do this the same way      you measured the doorway for your room.
  • Doorways and Hallways: Measure all doorway and hallway widths, heights, and diagonals. Be sure to note and measure where handrails, doorknobs, etc. are and how far they stick out so as not to damage yourself, the delivery workers, and/or the furniture.
  • Elevators: Measure the elevator door's height and width along with the inside's height, width, and depth/diagonal. Don't forget to note the overhead lights, rails, buttons, and where the doors will close. Include the movers in your thoughts because someone has to get in there with the furniture.
  • Clearing the Path/Noting Obstacles: Measure all corners you will have to turn into to get the furniture through. Don't forget to check the staircase corners too. To move it easily, be at least 4 inches less than the passage measurements. Move as much as you can out of the passage that the movers and furniture will take so as to make it easy as possible. You don't have to do this until after you order the delivery, it might just be nice to make a note of it though so you can utilize as much space as possible.
  • Stairways: Measure the width of your stairway and include the handrails. Then measure the stairway ceiling height from: (a) the bottom step, (b) from any landings, and (c) from the top step.
  • Arranging Your Furniture: Draw a simple floor plan to figure out where you're planning to place your furniture and how it will interact with the space.
3) Measure The Furniture: Measure the width, depth, and height. Write them down and bring the measurements home.

4) Compare Your Room/Home Measurements to the Measurements of the Furniture: Do this to make sure it will fit.

-Will It Fit? Call Us!- If you have trouble with figuring out how the furniture will fit or the furniture's measurements, call us! We will do our best to answer all of your questions.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our Marvelous Microwave Machine...And A Recipe To Go Along With It!

We're selling this really cool newfangled gadget known as a microwave, and it's just under $80. We're so inspired by this machine that we're devoting a blog post to it with a great new recipe to boot!

The recipe is by this chef named Boyardee. It's really easy, doesn't cost much, and is delicious! For the purposes of this post, we'll go with his ravioli dish. 

All you have to do is take the lid off with the tab on the top of the can. Then you pour it into a bowl, put a paper towel over it, and follow the heating directions on the back of the can! It will taste even more amazing heated up in the microwaves we're selling!

This meal will be famous among kids, broke college students/adults starting out on their own, and grown-ups who want to be kids for a day. 

Have a great day all! Don't forget to come visit us!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Origins of the Canopied Chair

Origin Story

Canopied chairs (also known as porter's chairs) were originally used in medieval England and France. They were made for hall porters to sit in while they kept watch over palaces and mansions, and screened guests who came in and out. Residents also had a hard time hearing the door knocks, so porters would meet the guests and decide if they should enter or leave. Basically, porters were the equivalent to today's modern-day bouncers. Since it could get cold while they keep watch, the high backs and enclosing sides on the chairs were designed to shield off the brunt of the chill in the air. There was usually a notch on the chair or small shelf for a lantern and the hoods on the chairs were thought to help acoustics so as to allow the porters to be as vigilant as possible.

Hall porters had to be by the front door at all times, so much so that they would even dine and sleep there. This is why sometimes there were drawers under them for supplies, or even to keep hot coals under their seats to keep them warm.

16th-century France had another use for them as well. The chairs were made of cane or wicker and known as "guérites" ("sentry"). They were used to seat the elderly and invalids in order to protect them from cold draughts.

Once the latch-key became popular in the mid-19th and 20th centuries, hall porters faded into obsolescence. This plus interior climate control and having less servants fazed them out completely.

Although porters were fazed out, the chairs never quite died. Some use them for decor, others use them for restaurant and bar seating. But probably one of the smartest uses for them is as beach chairs. Hooded wicker versions were used often back then and some still retain their popularity on the beaches of Germany today. The fact that they shade you from the sun and the air makes for a pleasant experience.
(C.1906. Photo of Scheveningen Beach, near the Hague. Photo courtesy of

What We Have That's Similar

This is our luxurious Chambord chair, and it's very much a replica of the historic canopied chairs.

Item #:  Item #: chambordSD-VC-CH. Dimensions: 46"W x 39.5"D x 40.5"H. Pillow is included. CL Price: $1299.

As always, we're here from 9am to 6pm every day. So come on down and visit!