Kind of a long story. My husband bought the house that is now ours from his parents, when we married, I sold my house and the new mortgage is in both names - we are now married 10 years. The ILs left just about everything behind and moved to another state. When DH took ownership, he was told that he had to keep his Mother's organ until she died and the dining room furniture would still belong to them. Their furniture is definitely not my taste and after a few years of telling DH how much I hated the giant faux early American hutch and trestle table with benches, I gave him 2 options. Buy new furniture we both like, or live with a piece of furniture that would never get dusted or cleaned again, ever. I resented having to care for something I truly didn't like and it is a high maintenance piece. the hutch moved into a bedroom, it was too heavy to carry up or down stairs and MIL might want it if she moves back up here. I will spare you all the gory details of getting accused of throwing out their things, the kicker was the plastic insert that allows you to play 45s on a regular record player that had been left in a drawer, did I mention that they moved 25 years ago? Yes, I dd throw it out along with tons of other crap that they might want some day. Evil DIL.
So, last year MIL passed away. FIL decided to give the organ to his church up here. Wonderful, then he tells us that they aren't going to make a decision for a year, so we tell him we are going to sell it. After the second buyer made an offer, he tells us the day before he left the church said they would take it. 50lb block of salt with that one. He paid to have the organ repaired and now we wait for the church. It is an old model with tubes that needs special handling (expensive) or we would stick it on a trailer and take it over. So we come to the china hutch. Am I wrong in not asking if it can go? If I can't sell it, I am going to donate it. I know if I ask, I will never be rid of it. The organ and hutch take up a large portion of what I would like to use as a home office.
FWIW, MIL was a very controlling person and this was her hold over me since my husband didn't want to make waves, and frankly, I am not the female dog type, I try to be nice.