Monday, April 5, 2010

Recent Auction Finds

I haven't been to auction in a while and decided to get a fix today at a local auction house I haven't been to before. Most of the things they were selling weren't really my taste but I was able to find some things I did like! Including feeding my obsession for Hey-wake! I even stayed within my budget.



My new 3 piece Hey-wake Ashcraft set, Atomic clock, and 50's Oriental Lamp. The fabric on the cushions are not original but I still love the print. I checked and did find the original fabric still intact under the slip covers. The auctioneers did not know this was Heywood Wakefield ....they called it a bamboo set. That's why I think it's important to inform yourself about the things you are interested in collecting. Don't rely on someone else to tell you what something is or what they think it might be worth. People don't always know what they're talking about, even the so called professionals. I have also noticed that anything mid-century, atomic, 1950's is super hot at auctions. Expect to pay more for it now then you did a few years ago. It's selling like hotcakes and reselling even better!

20 comments:

  1. You Lucky Lucky girl! SO help me im gonna get some HW pieces if it kills me! Awesome clock :)

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  2. That is a beautiful set. We had a whole family room full when I was growing up, couch, chairs, end tables and coffee table. What I wouldn't give for that now. The clock is amazing too. And the lamp! Great score.

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  3. I love that atomic clock and those chairs look awesome!

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  4. I didn't even realize Heywood Wakefield made a set like that! Great finds! Zootsuitmama

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  5. UGH that clock!!! I need it I want to buy it!!!!

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  6. I have a 50s lamp similar to that one,except the bottom is like a chalkware white with the asian couple..

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  7. My folks had the same bamboo set (plus a round glass top bamboo table) in the living room when they bought this house in the 50's. Ahhh but I just cannot warm up to the Asian theme Mom had in there!

    Atomic for me. =)

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  8. UH-MAY-ZING! We're getting ready to furnish our new beach house (yay!!!) and that set is exactly the look we want. Except even if we managed to find something like it here it would be ridiculously expensive. You are one lucky gal, sister!

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  9. That's a whole lotta awesomeness in that photo! Great finds! You are so right about being well-informed - can't tell you how many times I've come across something truly fabulous listed under a very generic (or incorrect) name/description ;)

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  10. Aw, congratulations. I have always wanted an Ashcraft set. There's someone selling a complete set on Nashville Craigslist for $600, but I just can't afford it. Sad!

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  11. beautiful finds! would love to get my hands on a clock like that, they have eluded me for so long!

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  12. Cool set! sorry to change the topic but does anyone know of someone that is selling cable knit tops have been looking and cant find a cool one i like.

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  13. Eddie you should try asking John over at...http://vintageengineerboots.blogspot.com/
    He might be able to help you out plus he's got a cool blog!

    MaryD

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  14. ZootSuit...Yup Hey-wake sure did. But it's not bamboo or rattan! It's actually bent ash wood made to look like rattan... Ashcraft usually sells for much less then the regular Hey-wake furniture and is a cheaper place to start when collecting hey-wake.

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  15. That three piece set is quite a find! And I adore that clock!

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  16. Wow, the table and chairs our gorgeous! Lucky girl!

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