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Tools of the home renovator’s trade Home renovation projects can be both exciting and tricky. Do-it-yourselfers are inspired by designs showcased in magazines, websites and their own communities. When DIY enthusiasts see a design they like, it’s understandable that they may want to emulate these looks at home. Remodeling is one of the larger DIY undertakings, and it goes beyond simple carpentry. Considering demolition, reconstruction, electrical, plumbing, and masonry work may be part of the DIY package, homeowners who are thinking about renovations must first stock up on the tools and other supplies of the trade. Having the right tools can mean the difference between a job well done and a job that needs to be redone. - Crowbar or prybar: Before you can put in new construction, you might have to get your hands dirty with some demolition. Crowbars or prybars can be used to pry up wood slats, remove nails or remove old decking. - Tool pouch: A tool and fastener pouch gives DIYers a place other than their pockets to store fasteners and hand tools. Pouches can be attached to tool belts for added storage capacity. - Stud finder: Invest in a more fool-proof method of locating studs behind drywall. Stud finders can provide a picture of studs, pipes and other hidden items inside an entire length of wall. This is essential to driving nails where they belong and can also prevent sending fasteners into wires or nearby plumbing. - Level: A level is an essential tool for everyone from casual decorators to more involved renovators. Whether hanging pictures or ensuring molding is parallel, levels are a must. - Safety glasses: Invest in a pair of safety glasses so no one working on a project deals with obstructed vision and has ample eye protection. - Extension cords: If power tools are part of the renovation picture, heavy-duty extension cords can safely extend power where it is needed. Be sure to invest in a gauge that is large enough to handle the amperage of your most powerful tool. - Measuring tape: The “measure twice, cut once� mantra is key to home improvements. To measure accurately each and every time, no tool chest is complete without a sturdy measuring tape. - Ladder varieties: Purchase ladders of various heights so you can safely reach various areas of the home and avoid injury. Step stools, a step ladder and an extension ladder all have their purposes on the job. - Digital inspection scope: A scope lets you see inside walls, floors and ceilings to find the exact location of pipes, wires and joists. It also can be used to seek out the

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Pitch in and save money Home improvement projects can be expensive. While the size and complexity of a project will affect how expensive the project is, homeowners can expect to shell out a pretty penny when they renovate or remodel areas of their home. The average bathroom remodeling project costs $9,348, while the average home addition costs slightly less than $41,000. But renovation-minded homeowners need not reconsider their commitment to remodeling, as there are various ways to cut the costs associated with home improvement projects. One such way is for homeowners to pitch in and do some of the

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work themselves. Calculating labor costs can be difficult, as costs vary greatly depending on the project, the contractor and the amount of hired help that contractor intends to employ. However, some estimates suggest labor will account for anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of the overall cost of the project. So it’s no surprise that homeowners can save money by doing some of the work themselves. Homeowners who intend to do some of the labor themselves should discuss this plan with contractors during the vetting process. Before hiring a contractor, make sure homeowners’ expected labor contributions are clearly defined in the contract. While it’s best to leave the most complicated parts of a project to the professionals, homeowners can pitch in during the following phases. - Demolition: Some demolition projects are best left to the pros. For example, any projects that involve exposure to hazardous materials are risky and therefore best left to experienced laborers. However, many homeowners are capable of safely and effectively pulling cabinets from walls, removing flooring or knocking down drywall. Homeowners unsure of how to approach demolition tasks can ask their contractors to demonstrate the proper technique so the demolition is done right and on time. - Salvage: Homeowners remodeling kitchens may be replacing existing stoves and refrigerators and may wish to donate them. In such instances, driving the items to the donation site or arranging for them to be picked up rather than taken off the premises by the

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Factors to consider when choosing carpeting When the time comes to choose flooring for their homes, homeowners may be overwhelmed by the vast array of options at their disposal. The choice between carpet and hardwood flooring, laminate or tile is a matter of personal preference. People have long extolled the virtues of hardwood flooring, but carpeting can be just as stylish and provides a host of other benefits as well. Carpeting insulates rooms in the summer and winter, adding that extra level of protection against the elements. Carpeting also absorbs sound in a home. Many appreciate the warmth and cozy feeling of carpet, especially when stepping out of bed. Carpeting also can increase the level of safety at home. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, carpeting makes areas of play safer and may also reduce the severity of an injury in the event of a fall. Today, there are many different types of carpeting available. Selecting the right carpeting for a room comes down to identifying the level of traffic in a particular room, the attributes homeowners would like the carpet to have and any other needs that fit with their lifestyles. The following guidelines can make carpet shopping a bit easier. Type of carpeting – There are many different types of carpeting, some of which are best suited to certain situations. For example, plush and

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Expect the unexpected when renovating It is estimated that spending on remodeling and repairs in 2016 climbed 8.6 percent to $310 billion, close to the peak reached in 2006. Tackling any renovation project is an exercise in patience. Renovations can impede on daily activities and cause upheaval in homeowner’s lives. Homeowners planning renovations also may find that they must have some wiggle room when it comes to both budgets and their expectations. Remodeling, particularly with regard to older homes, may unveil unforeseen issues that only arise in the face of the renovation. So what can homeowners expect during a renovation? The following are a few issues that might arise during home improvement projects. - Dirt and noise: Homeowners can count on dust, debris and noise throughout the renovation process. Dust appears when walls come down or go up, and construction teams typically erect temporary walls or tarps to contain the debris. Air filtering systems also can limit dust particles. Noise is unavoidable. If it becomes troublesome, arrange to be outside of the home when the bulk of the construction is taking place. - Delays or schedule changes: Even the best contractors cannot control every aspect of the job. They rely on subcontractors and vendors to do portions of the work. Materials may not always arrive on time, or they may fall short of homeowners’ expectations. This can push back the project schedule. Homeowners should hope for everything to be done on time, but it can be less stressful if homeowners anticipate delays and be a pleasant surprise if there are no delays. - Hidden issues: Contractors may uncover all sorts of issues that need to be addressed before a project can progress. Examples include the presence of asbestos (common in older homes), plumbing problems, incorrectly wired electrical systems, and leaks or moisture issues. These problems also can impact the cost of the project, so set aside some money in the budget for unforeseen expenses. Chances are you are going to need some extra money to handle a few surprises during the project. It’s important to expect the unexpected when embarking on home renovations. Budgeting for hidden costs, expecting delays and coping with the upheaval to daily schedules are par for the remodeling course. However, the end result is often well worth the time and effort.

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Is it time to update your home’s electrical system? The invisible systems in a home often are taken for granted. When such systems are working as expected, daily life moves along smoothly. However, when a system goes awry, it can negatively impact routines and may create a dangerous home environment. This is especially true when something goes wrong with a home’s electrical system. Faulty wiring is a leading cause of residential fires. Many homeowners, particularly those who live in older homes, might be living in properties that have outdated electrical systems. Old wiring and/or insufficient amperage in a house can endanger residents. It also may damage appliances and make it difficult to sell a property in the future. It can be difficult to gauge exactly when to overhaul an electrical system. Unless circuits routinely trip or lights often dim, homeowners may put off the work. But degrading wires or overextended circuitry can pose a fire risk, so it is best to address electrical systems promptly. Home inspections may uncover electrical problems. Some homeowners may discover potential trouble while making renovations that require opening up walls or tearing them down, exposing the wires. Still other homeowners learn about electrical systems when they’re adding new, large appliances or other gadgets that consume more power than existing items. These devices may continually cause

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Create drama with bold paint colors Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform the look of a space. Paint colors can dramatically change the mood and the design of a home. And depending on a homeowner’s goals, paint can make a statement or blend into the background. Many people are now looking to bold colors to make spaces stand out. But choosing a paint color can be challenging. Homeowners looking to update walls and complement decor may want to look at some of the more impactful colors that Pantone indicates will be popular for the 2017 season. Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Pink Yarrow, and Greenery are some of the more eye-catching selections. Once colors are selected, consider these guidelines for using bolder colors in room designs. Decide how big an impact you want to make. Are you looking for color overload or just a small focal point of vivid color? Remember, using bold color doesn’t mean every wall must be lathered in that hue. Instead, select one wall to serve as an accent point and use that spot as your bold color display. Otherwise, rely on bold colors to dress up otherwise mundane areas, such as the back wall of a cupboard or moldings and trim. Try bold in a small space. Many people are surprised at how well bold colors work in small spaces. Powder rooms can be an ideal spot to experiment with paint colors. Try deep colors that can make the area seem intimate and even exotic. Dark, bold hues can be toned down by different accents, such as neutral colored fixtures and towels. Go bold in the kitchen. Incorporate a splash of color in the kitchen without going overboard. Try an appliance or design fixture in a bright shade. Or paint the inside of the cabinets in your favorite color and install glass inserts in the cabinet doors so that everyone gets a peek of the color beyond. A neutral kitchen also can be brightened up with the use of silverware, dishes, pots and pans, and other kitchen items featured in bold hues. Stick to boldness on interchangeable items. Those who like to experiment with color may find that they like to switch out the colors

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Tips to prepare to sell your home Because spring is such a popular time to sell a home, homeowners who want to put their homes on the market should use winter as an opportunity to prepare their homes for the prying eyes of prospective buyers. The following tips can help homeowners during the preselling preparation process. 1. Address the exterior of the home. Winter can be harsh on a home’s exterior, so as winter winds down, homeowners who want to sell their homes should make an effort to address anything that might negatively affect curb appeal. A study of homes from researchers at Clemson University found that the value of homes with landscapes that were upgraded from Good to Excellent increased by 6 to 7 percent. If it’s in the budget, hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping or address any issues that arose during the winter. 2. Conquer interior clutter. Clutter has a way of accumulating over the winter, when people tend to spend more time indoors than they do throughout the rest of the year. Homeowners who want to put their homes on the market in spring won’t have the luxury of waiting until spring to do their spring cleaning, so start clearing any clutter out in winter, even resolving to make an effort to prevent its accumulation throughout winter. Just like buyers are impressed

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Notice is hereby given that on the 1st day of March, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Winthrop City Hall, in Winthrop, Iowa, a public hearing will be held to accept input regarding the Buchanan County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan recently updated by the City. Anyone interested may appear at the above stated time and place on March 1st, 2017 for the public hearing and be heard or may file written comments in person or mail to the City Clerk, City Hall, 354 W Madison, P.O. Box 98, Winthrop, Iowa to be received in the City Clerk’s office before Noon on the date set for said hearing. A copy of the plan available for review at City Hall or online at www.inrcog.org/pub.

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2017 at an annual salary of $48,750.00. Passed this 6th day of February 2017 Leanne Harrison from the Certified Local Government Committee presented their 2016 annual report. After discussion motion by Shonka second by Ohrt to approve the Iowa Certified Local Government Annual Report for Buchanan County and authorize the Chairman to sign. All in favor, motion carried. At 9:15 a.m. the board proceeded to open bids for 2017 rock for 49,500 ton per division as follows: Paul Niemann Construction Co., Sumner, Division I $10.07, $498,465.00 and Division II $9.97, $493,515.00; Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Division I $9.9999, $494,995.05 and Division II $9.9999, $494,995.05. After discussion, motion by Ohrt second by Shonka to award Division I to Bruening Rock Products, Inc. and Division II to Paul Niemann Construction Co. All in favor, motion carried. The Board met with the following members of the Buchanan County Library Association: Cindy Lellig, Jesup; Laura Blaker, Independence; Pam Byersdorfer, Angela Berg & Beth Dixon, Fairbank; Angie Happel, Lamont; Kim Wessels, Aurora.

Association members presented more information on funding libraries. They requested the Board of Supervisors fund the libraries at $14 per capita for FY18 and sign an annual contract. Members updated the Board on the changes and services provided by each library. No action was taken by the Board. At 9:50 a.m., motion by Shonka second by Ohrt to recess until 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017. All in favor, motion carried. Gary Gissel, Chairman ATTEST: Vanessa Tisl, Auditor’s Administrative Assistant The Board reconvened at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 with Gary Gissel, Chairman in the Chair, Clayton Ohrt and Don Shonka present. Absent, none. County Auditor, Cindy Gosse presented additional information for the proposed FY18 budget. No official action was taken by the Board. Motion by Ohrt second by Shonka to adjourn at 11:37 a.m. All in favor, motion carried. Gary Gissel, Chairman ATTEST: Cindy Gosse, Auditor


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February 16, 2017 Page 17

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Teams participated in the annual Heartland Acres Ice Fishing Derby held on Swan Lake at the Heartland Acres Campus in Independence. Team Kono (pictured) won with a total weight of 11.5 pounds. Second place went to Team Ron with a total weight of nine pounds. Third place went to Team Dunlap Motors with a total weight of four pounds of fish. “Many thanks to the ice fishing participants and all who ventured out on a sunny Iowa winter day and enjoyed breakfast from Lions Club of Independence and some healthy Iowa outdoor adventure,” said Heartland Acres Executive Director Craig Johnson.

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Operation Threshold services Speak To An Owner, Not A Salesman 50’x80’x16’ BUILDING $34,800 26 Gauge Steel 1 Entry Door 1 - 24’ x 16’ Split Sliding Door *Erected on your level site

* Travel charges may apply

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Buchanan County Operation Threshold reminds the public of the following services: • Crisis Child Care Services for Buchanan County families facing a crisis such as a medical emergency, homelessness or overwhelming stress, and with no other child care options or support systems available. Crisis Child Care is provided through licensed child care providers so caregivers can focus on resolving a family emergency. • Emergency child care (children age 0-5) that provides short term care for employment or attending school while waiting to get approved for State Child Care Assistance though DHS. For information, contact Operation Threshold, 1827 First St. W, Independence, phone 319-334-6081 or 24hour crisis/emergency phone 319-334-7146.

American Legion Post # 30 Sheehan-Tidball

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Radon: A silent threat in Iowa Submitted by Buchanan Co. ISU Extension

Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach has partnered with Buchanan County Environmental Health to offer a free public radon workshop. Did you know 71.6% of Iowa tested homes have radon above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level? This is the highest in the country. To learn about radon, home testing, and what to do once the results are in, attend Radon Workshop 7-8:30 PM March 2 at Independence Library, 805 1st St. E, Independence. Radon Mitigation Contractor Matt Griswold will be onhand to provide information and answer questions. Radon is the number-one leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. Attend this free workshop and learn how to protect your family’s health from radon exposure. Radon testing kits will be available for purchase, at cost, for $6. For information contact Roxanne Fuller at 319334-7161 or rrfuller@iastate.edu.

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THE NEWS

February 16, 2017 Page 19

Sa le

Birdnow’s Heavenly

77

$

DOWN

WITH YOUR GOOD CREDIT

‘11 CHEVY MALIBU

‘10 CHEVY COBALT LT NOW

ONLY

139 */MT

$

8777 8 7

$

H

‘11 BUICK LUCERNE CXL Loaded, Leather, eather, Roof

9777

$

NOW

* 10777 169 /MTH

$

$

‘14 CHEVY MALIBU LT

Many Options p ions on this Ride

NOW

$ 14777 47 777 229 */MTH $

‘16 FORD FUSION

22K, Ford Certified

NOW

* 13977 217 /MTH

$

$

14777 47 777 229 */MTH

NOW

Local 1 Owner wner and nd in Superb Condition. Only 40577 miles.

$

‘16 DODGE JOURNEY AWD

NOW

21777 339 */MTH

$

$

COUPON

WE WILL MAKE YOUR 1ST PAYMENT WHEN WE ARRANGE ACCEPTABLE FINANCING THRU THE DEALERSHIP WHEN YOU BRING IN THIS COUPON UP TO $477 SO NO PAYMENTS DUE FROM YOU FOR 75 DAYS. COUPON

$

NOW

Only 18,411 Miles le w/Factory / actory /F orry ry Warranty. War Wa W aarrannty. tyy. Color, ty Color, Co lorr, lor Condition, Con CCo onddi dititi ion, Comfort Comf omf mfort mf or ort

#A130111

NOW

ONLY $

$

NOW

‘15 CHEVY EQUINOX LTZ

This SUVV is Equipped quipped the Wa Way You Would Like It & Only 17357 Miles

$

ONLY

$

NOW

‘13 Ford F-150 Supercrew

FWD #A13041 .........................................

‘16 Ford Fusion SE

18977

FWD #A13042 .........................................$18977

‘16 Chevy Impala LT

4 Dr. #A13037 .........................................$19777

‘08 Chevy Silverado

#A13030C .................................................

‘16 Chevy Impala LT

19977

$

4 Dr. #A13031 .........................................$21777

‘12 Buick Enclave LT

#17B483A..................................................$21977

‘13 Buick Encore

AWD #A13035.........................................

21977

$

‘‘16 CHEVY EQUINOX AWD

#16T232B ..................................................$23777

‘14 Ford Edge SEL

FWD #A13043 .........................................

23977

$

4WD #17T622A......................................$28977 4WD #A13038 ........................................$29977

‘14 Chevy Traverse LTZ

AWD #A13032.........................................$31777

‘10 Ford F-150 Supercrew

‘16 Ford F-150 Supercrew

‘12 Ford F-150 Supercrew

‘13 Ford F-150 Supercrew

‘13 Chevy Silverado Ext. Cab

‘16 Chevy Traverse LTZ

‘16 Chevy Traverse LT

‘16 Chevy Traverse LTZ

4WD #17F351A ......................................$24777 4WD #17F077A ......................................$24977 4WD #16F544A ......................................

25977

$

AWD #A13023.........................................$25977

‘11 Ram 1500 Crew Cab

4WD #17T451N .....................................$26977

‘14 Chevy Silverado Reg. Cab 4WD #16T939A......................................

27977

$

4WD #A12987 ........................................$31977 4WD #16F888A ......................................$32977 AWD #A13034.........................................$33777 FWD #17T800A ......................................$34977

‘15 Ford F-150 Supercrew

4WD #16F2942A ...................................$37977

‘16 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab

$

NOW

CRAZY 7 CORNER

‘10 Chevy Silverado

$

$

22977 357 */MTH

‘14 Ford Fusion SE

2 Door, #16D020A.................................$23777

NOW

308 */MT 19777 9 H

$

‘14 Chevy Silverado Double Cab

FWD #A13044 .........................................$17977

$

ONLY

‘12 Jeep Wrangler Sport

‘14 Ford Fusion Sedan

ONLY

#16T422A

‘09 Chevy Tahoe 1500 LT

4WD #A12985A .....................................$17977

AWD. This Thiis Pe Perhaps erhaps app is tthe hee Nic Nicest cesst st Aroun Around. unnd.

LT with Remote S Sta St Start tart & Mor Mo More! orre #A12977 #A1 1297 29977 2977

20977 326 */MTH $21777 339 */MTH CRAZY PRICES ON PRE-OWNED TOO! $

‘11 BUICK ENCLAVE CXL

#17B988A ##1 17B9888A 8A

18777 118 877 777 292 */MTH $

NOW

15977 115 59 977 77 7 249 */MTH $

#A13012

ONLY

NOW

14977 229 */MTH $

‘15 CHEVY TRAX

Top of the Line. ne Leather ther and Much More

#A13007

ONLY

$

‘13 CHEVY EQUINOX LTZ

Onlyy 3112 Miles and 3rd Row Seat

#16K046A

ONLY

14977 229 */MTH

$

NOW

17977 117 7977 977 279 */MTH $

NOW

#A12967

‘16 CHEVY MALIBU LTZ ONLY

* 11977 186 /MTH

##A12969 #A 12296 969

LOOK, onlyy 16,504 04 Miles with Warranty

ONLY

NOW

Ford Certified, Fo Power Moo Moonroof onroof and ndd Only Only O 13,498 13 3,498 98 Miles

‘16 CHEVY CRUZE LT

#16B609A

NOW

$

$

‘16 FORD FOCUS 5 DR.

229 */MT 14977 9 H

$

$

#A12992

‘14 CADILLAC XTS ONLY

ONLY

Leather, Red, Low Miles

$

#A12943A #A1294 43A

H

15,309 Miles es andd Much Warranty Left #A12973

‘14 CHEVY CAPTIVA SUV ONLY

You will seee the e Va Value llue uee in this TTra Trade ra aadde

ONLY

‘15 CHEVY MALIBU SPORT

Leather, Warranty, ranty, GM Certified & Loaded,24K

16977 116 6977 279 */MTH

$

$

9777

#16C464A

$

NOW

152 */MT

$

$

Sunroof and d onlyy 39,773 miles on this local trade

#A13001

ONLY

ONLY

H

#A13019

ONLY

NOW

‘14 CHEVY IMPALA LT ONLY

‘13 CHEVY IMPALA LT

#16F166A

152 */MT

$

#A12766A

ONLY

Only 60,166 66 Miless on this Local Trade with 4 new Tires

#17F674A

#16J876B

ONLY

‘10 CHEVY IMPALA

Only 61,647 7 Miless on this Fresh Local Trade In

Only 51,788 88 Miles, s, Auto, Gre Great Ride & Will Not Last at This Price.

4WD #A13040 ........................................$40777

2000 Ford Econoline Cargo Van 16F111B ..... $4777 1999 Ford Ranger 4x4 Ext Cab 16F863B ........ $7777 2002 Ram 1500 4x4 4 Door A12995A.......... $7777 2006 Chevy Trailblazer 4x4 A12950B ..... $7777 2010 Chevy Impala LT Bench Seat 17T705C $8777 2005 GMC Canyon 4x4 4 Door 16T130C ..... $8977 2009 Ford Taurus Limited 92K A12996A ........ $8977 2010 Chevy Traverse 3rd Row Seat 12991A ... $9977 2010 Ford Edge SEL 17F555B ................. $10777 2009 Chevy Traverse 3rd Row Seat 17T108A $10777 2008 Ford Econoline Cargo Van A13009 ... $10777 2011 Chevy Equinox 2LT A13017 ......... $10777 2011 Ford Escape XLT 4x4 17F701A ..... $10777

*$77 down @ 72 months with approved Credit 3.99% APR and Term. Miles are @ acquisition. Tax, fees to include $99 Doc fee to be paid by customer. Subject to availability and rate change and term changes by lenders. Prices good thru 2/28/17.

www.birdnow.com 1440 S. FREDERICK AVE. OELWEIN 319-283-5571 1-888-BIRDNOW


PRESIDENT’S DAY

WEEKEND SALE Saturday, Feb. 18 • 9 AM-6 PM Sunday, Feb. 19 • 11 AM-5 PM Monday, Feb. 20 • 8:30 AM-5 PM

STOREWIDE SALE 5 DRAWER CHEST Four Finishes Was: $259

NOW

$

25

186

QUEEN SIZE COMFORT 100 PLUSH

MATTRESS & BOX SET NOW

$

29720

- OUR ENTIRE FURNITURE STOCK SALE PRICED

BEST SELLING

GLIDER ROCKER w/Closeout Covers Was: $439

NOW

$

331

NOW

NOW

$

65

32

NOW

Closeout • Merlot Was: $499

NOW

$

00

321

CLICK CLACK SOFA

Makes Into A Full Bed Very Comfortable to Sit or Sleep On Was: $549

NOW

$

39630

HIGH BACK

$

74

158

w/mirror • 2 Left • Was: $369

$

37893

NOW

SWIVEL GLIDER W/MATCHING OTTOMAN

Recliners Also • Was: $329

NOW

VAUGHAN-BASSETT

44” TV STAND

Single Pedestal Table

Was: $539

BLACK LEATHERETTE

Various Sizes & Colors Was: $59.95

MATTRESS & BOX SET

DOUBLE DRESSER

MATTRESS & BOX SET

931

BED SHEETS

Mattress & Box Set

2 PC. AUTUMN OAK

GREAT SELECTION PICTURES PRINTS 25 MIRRORS

CLOSE OUT

66” Long Formica Top

NOW

BEST HOME FURNITURE

$

FULL SIZE COMFORT 100 PLUSH

Was: $269

15

SOFA POWER RECLINER Soft Beige Fabric Was: $1399

TWIN CRAZY MIKE

FULL SIZE VISCO SUPREME

Was: $539

$

21580

SOLID OAK

END TABLE CLEARANCE

MANY STYLES WILL BE CLOSED OUT SHOP EARLY FOR BEST DEALS!

Was: $349

NOW

$

22947

NOW

NOW

Olympic Firm • Was: $799

00

69

NOW

By Best Home Furniture SUPER COMFY • Was: $599

Was: $639.00

$

Very Nice Cover • Was: $1699

00

1284

NOW

ROCKER RECLINER

$

00

1047

39740

NOW

Coil Springs, Cushions

1 ONLY Was: $899

$

56600

MANY CLOSEOUT POWER LA-Z-BOY ROCKER RECLINING LOVESEAT RECLINERS In a Glazed Microfiber Was: $1089 HURRY FOR $ 40 BEST SELECTION! NOW 767

5 Pc. Casters Roller Chairs

Closeout • 2 Covers Was: $529

NOW

$

00

287

Twin • Full • Queen Sizes Oak • Pine • Metal Hurry In For Best Selection

All Special Priced 3 DAYS ONLY!! • Was: $329

ON SALE

NOW

Starting At

Starting At

$

36461

$

2500

LA-Z-BOY 2 PC.

SOFA/LOVE COMBO

WOOD DINETTE Was: $699

NOW

14700

OF LAMPS

5 PIECE

$

$

LARGE SELECTION

WALL HUGGERS

LA-Z-BOY

ROCKER RECLINER

HEADBOARDS

MAGAZINE TABLE LAMP

Was: $599

23900

CLOSEOUT

TILT/SWIVEL SET

ONLY 1 • Was: $379

$

35700

SOLID OAK

POWER RECLINING

Starting At

$

Multiple Chromcraft

CLOSEOUT

SWIVEL ROCKERS

49635

SWIVEL GLIDER

80” SOFA

NOW

$

MARSHMALLOW SOFT

TWO-TONE BROWN

Only 2 In Stock

89934

MATTRESS & BOX SET

Dark Cherry • 4 In Stock Was: $99

$

$

FULL SIZE

4 DRAWER CHEST

U-HAUL PRICES VAUGHAN-BASSETT DELIVERY AVAILABLE 7 PC. BEDROOM SET Queen Poster Bed BRING YOUR VAN, Was: $2,149 PICK-UP $ 00 NOW OR TRAILER BEAUTIFUL

LEATHER LA-Z-BOY

NOW

25841

JUSTICE SOFA W/PILLOWS

Slight Damage Was: $1899

$

$

Med. Oak Fin. 4 Solid Oak Chairs Was: $1199

1587

DINING ROOM TABLE & 6 OAK CHAIRS NOW

Store will be closed Friday, February 17 to prepare for this sale. Closing early Thursday, Feb. 16 at 3:00 pm.

Full Leather • Was: $3149

00

425

NOW

YOUR FULL LINE FURNITURE STORE Locally Owned & Operated Furniture Store

563-927-2202 201 North Franklin • Manchester SALE DATES: Saturday, Feb. 18th • 9 am - 6 pm • Sunday, Feb. 19th • 11 am - 5 pm Monday, Feb. 20th • 8:30 am - 5 pm Closing Early Thursday, Feb. 16th at 3 pm • Closed Friday, Feb. 17th

$

189777

3 BIG DAYS!

No Early Birds

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