Monday, April 29, 2013
While The "Cornbread Garage Sale" Might Have Been Less Than A Raging Success, Sunday Was Still Banner Pick Day! Status: Heywood Wakefield Heaven!
Well, maybe not "Heaven" but I'm certainly a much happier camper after finding this lovely Dogbone / Whalebone Hey / Wake dining set Sunday evening. I wasn't really bummed after the Cornbread sale but wasn't overjoyed either and this certainly brightened my day.
I've loved the combination of the classic and ubiquitous Heywood Wakefield "Dogbone" chair with the
truely "mid-century" modern yet subtle "Whalebone" drop leaf extension dining table since I first started
paying attention to vintage furniture. I've had my chance at several sets, maybe four or five, but they've
always been out of reach financially or already spoken for (or both!). Just three weeks ago a set similar
to this popped up on c-list just after I got to work (told ya I look ALL the time!) and I POUNCED on
it. Oh did I! I got a call back from the seller and I was like "That's Right, Who's the man?!". Then the
seller apologized for accidentally re-posting the ad and explained that she had sold the set a month ago.
Mr. Mod had a serious Sad.
But here ya go. What comes around goes around, be it bad...or like this, GOOD! Not that all of this
score is good. Well, it's good...just not great. The chairs are all in wonderful condition. Did I mention
they are my Favorite Hey / Wake chairs?! All have a scratch here and there and need a tiny bit of
tightening with a screw driver, but they are original finish and I'd be proud to have them included in my
Hey / Wake dining suite as is any old day.
The Whalebone table...well, that's a different story. It's a big ol' mess. Structurally it's absolutely
serviceable, but the finish is toast. Throw a pretty table cloth over it and nobody gonna notice anyway,
right? Everybody's gonna be too busy eyeballin' those gorgeous chairs to realize that the legs have a
couple scratches too. I didn't have time to toss in the leaves so you'll have to imagine how HUGE this
thing gets with both those bad boys in place.
As usual, the seller thought I was nuts showing up in Frank the Focus Wagon to pick this up. 20
minutes later they were standing in silence, both shocked AND awed, seeing that I once again had no
trouble finding room in Frank to deposit all of the above. I can't recommend enough that everybody
reading this go out and find your own Ford Focus Wagon ZTW or ZXW ASAP. Great gas mileage,
haul anything you'd want to and it's fun to drive. But my Frank is not available...unlike this Heywood
Wakefield set! Just gotta find room for it in either the shop or the booth. Decisions, decisions,