Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Patio Furniture Frugalista Finds

Even though it's a cold day here in New jersey, I know a lot of you are enjoy some great Spring weather right now and might be thinking about replacing or getting some patio furniture! 

When we moved into our current house, the previous owners left an unfinished Adirondack chair, and I've been looking at yard sales and on craigslist.org ever since to get some matching chairs.  Unfortunately, there are few used listings for Adirondack furniture and the ones that are available are definitely overpriced for furniture already used outdoors.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this Living Accents Folding Adirondack Chairfor $36.99 + $14.99 shipping and this Astonica Fir Wood Adirondack Unfinished ChairAstonica Wood Adirondack Chair with Ottoman Cedar Color for $49.99 shipped.  Can you believe this is less (even much less in some cases) than people were asking for their used furniture? 

Lessons to be learned?  First, if you are listing items to sell at a garage sale or on craigslist, price it right!  I'd never consider paying $75 for a used patio chair that I'm going to have to repaint, and most people looking on craigslist are looking for deals just like I am.  If you truly want to sell it, price it accordingly.  Buyers, if you see something overpriced, but you're really interested (and you haven't found a better price online) then haggle!

Next, sometimes you can shop around and find a better deal on something new, so don't assume you're gong to get the biggest bang for your buck on craigslist.  I saw this set from Wal-mart on sale last season for about $275.  I've seen people asking more for a used set!  Plus, if you purchase through a site like ebates or Shop at Home you can get cash back that will quickly add up for those larger purchases. 
Strathwood Brentwood 4-Piece Outdoor Furniture Set
Does that mean you won't get a Frugalista Find on craigslist or at a garage sale?  Of course not, but if you're making a larger purchase (furniture, bicycle, etc.) it pays to do a little research first.

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