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.