DH's parents gave a gorgeous china hutch, table and chairs-solid wood, heavy, and intricately carved with flowers. GORGEOUS.
The chairs-one was missing entirely (broke), and the other three were missing the cane backs and had shoddy velvet seats on them. We didn't have enough room in our van, and it was hectic, so we pitched em to the curb. Didn't think they were worth repairing.
1.5 yrs later move into our house. Guess what? I find out my dad has restored a pair of 100 yr old wooden chairs. He apparently knew how to cane the backs of chairs, and stained them. I am now kicking myself because he could have repaired them, and I would have a matching set! Did I mention that this set matches the woodgrain in our house, and the designs match the carvings on our staircase!?