Remember the post I just did about the lady not calling me about the Hey-Wake furniture? Well, everyone pretty much encouraged me to call the woman--WHICH I DID--and when I opened up my blog this morning I found the following comment from "Bob From Athens":
"Gee, if unfounded assumptions were exercise then some of you would be getting a pretty strenuous workout. Call her for pete's sake, how else are you going to really know what is going on? I just do not understand why people that like to jump to unfounded conclusions usually jump to the worst possible scenario, even insulting people that they have never met or even talked to, in this case the sister."
Thank you, Bob From Athens. We stand chastised.
And here's what the Hey-Wake lady said: She called her sister, who proceeded to do some research on the furniture. The Hey-Wake lady also did some research. The Hey-Wake lady is also going to go down to the antique mall (MY antique mall) and go back over the Hey-Wake reference book from 2004. You know, the one with sky-high prices for Grade A #1 pieces, which hers are definitely not.
As nicely as I could, I cautioned her that the book prices #1 do not reflect today's economy, even if it IS Heywood Wakefield, and #2 the prices are for furniture that is in near perfect condition. Near perfect furniture would not have 4 coats of varnish on the tabletop and clearly visible brushstrokes from ladling on said varnish. Near perfect furniture would not have scratch marks on the chair and table legs. Near perfect furniture would not include a chair that felt like it was going to send you to the floor any second.
I also told her that I'd done my own research AND had asked my knowledgeable mid-century fanatic friends what they thought a good offer might be. I won't say what we offered her but it was extremely fair as far as I'm concerned.
I hope they get alot of money for the pieces, I really do. The Hey-Wake lady and her husband were very nice and (Bob) the only reason I mentioned the possibly greedy sister is because the H-W lady had told the antique mall owner that both her sister and brother were only interested in getting as much money as they could for their mother's belongings. Their mother passed away two months ago. There's more to this story but I think I'm just going to let it rest and move on to happier stuff.
Like the two pieces of Weller pottery I bought that I just found out are reproductions. Yeah. THAT makes me happy . . .