You Gotta Have Friends

As they saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That became very true on Saturday morning when Valerie called us to say she was going to an auction that had a Heywood-Wakefield dining room set we might be interested in. I was getting ready to work the MAC counter again as hostess during their event so I couldn’t stay for the auction, but had time to stop and look at it on my way to work. Steve was game so we met Valerie shortly before the auction began. The table and chairs were gorgeous and in pristine condition. Knowing how much H-W furniture goes for at auctions, I didn’t hold out much hope for the set (which had six matching chairs!) but Steve was willing to try. Thanks to our tax return, we had some cash for the occasion. Steve, being a terrific sport and husband, stayed almost the entire day, broiling in the sun, to wait for the chance to bid on it. Luck was on our side and we scored the deal of the century. I don’t want to say what we paid, but some research on similar pieces led us to believe we’d paid about 1/10 of what the set is worth. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the china cabinet, but it was the table and chairs we really wanted. So here’s our gorgeous dining room set!


Here’s a side view. It’s the Wishbone style table and has three sets of the arched legs. It also has two leaves (which are in it) and can seat 8 very comfortably.



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7 responses to “You Gotta Have Friends

  1. Cindy

    What a coup – you must be so pleased. Now all you need is a set of wheat china, and eating at your house would feel like eating at my grandmother’s – but in a good way, naturally.

  2. Wow I love the dining set, it is so cool. Glad to hear you got it for a good price, too. Good for you, when is the first dinner party?

  3. Well, the first official dinner on the new table was Sunday night as we thanked Valerie and Kevin for the lead. The table was really broken in last night when neighbor Eric spilled part of a beer on it. Thanks to quick reactions by all, nothing was damaged!

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  5. Todd Doyle

    yep the furniture is so cool. if you have some friends interested in another dining set or a bedroom set…i’ve got some furniture looking for a good home.

  6. Ahrisha

    Hi, Read about you on Very Pink. Glad I showed up to see the dining suite. Lovely, God I love that stuff and it is pricey even here in PA. Right now I have my parents Dining suite. It is not HW but it is of the same era. Very simple but curvy and Blonde wood. We will be moving and changing styles so it’s up for grabs if anyone is interested.

    Sounds like you scored BIG. Congrats!

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