Nissan's trash is church's treasure

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Jeff Ellis and Floyd Richardson display some of the tables, desks and cabinets their church received.

Uncounted office desks, chairs, file cabinets, tables, shelves, hat trees and other furniture was donated by Nissan through a local trucking company to a Lewisburg church for its planned church school.

However, the furniture for an adult office setting isn't suitable for school children, so it's being sold from one of Lewisburg businessman Jim Moon's warehouses in anticipation of an auction that's not been scheduled yet.

LifeSong Family Church Finance Ministries Chairman Floyd Richardson explained the situation last weekend as a growing number of area residents have become aware of the opportunity to help start a parochial school that's set to open in the fall of 2010.

"The man who owns Apex Robert E. Lee Moving and Storage, Mike Lee, had the contract to move Nissan from its Nashville offices to its new headquarters in Franklin," Richardson said.

The Japanese auto manufacturer was buying new furniture and the dozens of desks, chairs, shelves, cabinets and hat trees became surplus property that was to be discarded.

That could happen still to what's not sold by the church, according to Jeff Ellis, a member of the LifeSong church who's also proprietor of his own auction company on Lewisburg's public square.

Once he realized what he had, Lee contacted the church's preacher, Rocky Cunningham, and he passed it along to me," Ellis said.

"We are looking for furniture for the school, but these are not going to work for K-1 students," Ellis continued. "When it came in, we just grabbed all the people we could and jammed it in" the warehouse.

"We've got a garage-full at the church," he said.

There's also another tractor-trailer load in town and Lee "supposedly" has found another similar opportunity with a truck that would come here from North Carolina, Ellis said. "A lot of these companies would like to just get rid of it and buy new."

Some of the furniture might sell for $2,500 from a retail store, Ellis and Richardson said.

Now, something must be done with the furniture in less than two months, they said. Moon didn't have a tenant for the warehouse. It's hard to find someone who wants to rent space for only two months. So that's the place and time for the furniture.

"There's a specialized buyer out there," Ellis said.

If necessary, he will conduct an auction to sell what's left if a big need isn't filed soon enough.

Moon's Warehouse is on the west side of 5th Avenue North, down the hill from Lawler's Barbecue. LifeSong Family Church is on South Ellington Parkway.