So, about that Hey-Wake furniture. We went to see it last Thursday afternoon, established what I THOUGHT was a great rapport with the seller and her husband, told her we wanted to go home and talk about it and we'd call her within 24 hours with an offer.
We called her back the next day and gave her our offer, to which she said "That's a very fair offer--now I have to call my sister to discuss it with her." That was Friday.
It is now Monday mid-day and we've not heard a peep. Here's what I think: they didn't really know what they had until she discussed it with the antique mall owner, who went through a Hey-Wake reference book with her, so at that point she had an idea. The fact that her furniture is not in Grade A condition probably didn't enter her mind, at least until we pointed out that the four coats of varnish and the very visible brushstrokes, plus scraps and dings on the chair legs, reduced its value somewhat. So I enter the picture, someone who has a working knowledge of Hey-Wake furniture and vintage furniture in general, and I guess our offer was actually a free estimate.
Of course I'm livid at this point and my husband is being infuriating because he's NOT livid. I don't want to call her since I think that will just fuel the fire and she has probably gone ahead and put it on Craigslist and I truly doubt that she's even going to bother calling me back to tell me she sold it to someone else.
I'm trying to be understanding since this furniture is something she grew up with and maybe she's just having doubts about selling it at all, but I don't think so. When you have something valuable and you have siblings who want money, you sell the stuff.
Am I being stupid here? Should I just continue to sit on my hands and see if she ever calls? Should I wait a couple more days and then call her? Or am I right to be righteously indignant and if she ever does call tell her I didn't appreciate her treatment of my offer. Well, of course I won't do that--if she calls and accepts our offer, we'll be in the big wee-wee truck so fast it'll make your eyes burn.
In the meantime, I'm loving my $35 Daystrom dinette set just that much more!