I shop at thrift stores, pawnshops, and Dollar General. Last week, I ran across a rocking chair very similiar to this one, except it has no cushion. When I upended it and read the manufacturer's sticker, it read "Heywood-Wakefield, Chicago."
That meant nothing to me, but I could tell it was made about 1940, and was in solid condition. And for $30?
So I bought it. When I checked on the Internet, it turns out Heywood-Wakefield was a very famous cutting-edge furniture manufacturer. The most expensive and desired stuff is by certain designers. This is just a basic rocking chair, probably worth maybe $75. It still has the original finish on it, just worn.
I had to make some repairs on it, putting some screws in it to tighen it up, but I figure it will last another 60 years. Longer than me, actually. So I got a good deal.
Posted by Bob Wallace, who always wanted a rocking chair by the fireplace, just like the crazy guy in "The Searchers."