Left: Heywood Wakefield chair on Worthpoint Right: Mine
Left: Heywood Wakefield chair on LiveAuctioneers Right: Mine
A date scrawled on the bottom of the chairs: 11/21/46
Yesterday the soulmate and I came home from a date and happened upon a few chairs next to a dumpster in our apartment complex. Never ones to shy away from free stuff, and in desperate need for dining chairs, we hopped out and inspected the loot. It didn't take me long to peg the chairs as vintage, and not only that, but Heywood-Wakefield. If you're not familiar, Hey-Wake is an iconic furniture brand known for their uniquely mid-century designs. They are still in operation today, and they charge a pretty penny for their wares. Even well-maintained vintage pieces hold their value, costing nearly as much as the new thing.
Obviously the chairs are in need of a bit of cleanup and refurbishing, but otherwise they are in perfect shape. It just goes to show what a little dumpster diving will get you!
What do you think? Would you ever dumpster dive for furniture? Comment below!