A pretty good deal on some pretty good furniture at Construction Junction
May 21, 2011 4:00 AM
What a buy: five pieces of This End Up furniture for $175. They also can be purchased separately.
Some of the 250 sets of This End Up furniture recently donated by Duquesne University to Construction Junction.
By Patricia Lowry Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Are you in need of furniture that's super-sturdy and rock-bottom cheap?
Construction Junction has a deal for you.
The nonprofit building material reuse retailer has just acquired a huge cache of This End Up furniture -- dressers, desks and wardrobes -- donated by Duquesne University, which is redecorating a dorm.
"I think the total number of rooms that we received furniture from is about 250," said Mike Gable, Construction Junction's executive director. "We're still picking stuff up," and so far they've loaded their 24-foot box truck more than 30 times.
This End Up furniture is made from solid pine that can be painted, stained or simply oiled to bring out the grain. While the company has developed several new lines in recent years, the collection available at Construction Junction is the original, now called Classic.
"The stuff is indestructible," Mr. Gable said. "We've had it before in very small quantities and it sells immediately when it comes in."
You can't beat the prices. Three-drawer dressers are $25, four-drawer dressers are $35, desks with study carrels $50, wardrobes $50 or $55 -- all less than 10 percent of current retail prices. At thisendup.com, the same items are selling new for $320 (three-drawer dresser), $396 (four-drawer dresser), $628 (desk and carrel combination) and $579 (wardrobe).
You can buy five pieces -- one three-drawer dresser, two four-drawer dressers, a desk with carrel and a wardrobe -- for $175, $20 less than if purchased separately.
Construction Junction has donated about 10 percent of the furniture to six social service nonprofits, including homeless shelters, and hopes to donate more to such groups. Single beds also are available, in limited numbers, to social service non-profits. Contact Bonnie Rolison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-243-5025.
Construction Junction: 214 N. Lexington St., North Point Breeze.