The other day I dropped off a carload of donations at Goodwill. . . but it resulted in my bringing home not one, but two, carloads of furniture.
Wait a minute. . . That’s not how clearing clutter is supposed to work!
As I pulled into the donation area, I spotted a treasure trove of recently-donated vintage furniture, including a vintage metal patio set. I hopped out of my car and asked if I could buy it. I have always wanted vintage metal patio furniture, the kind that glides back and forth, and at first I thought it was a vintage set in great shape.
Upon closer inspection I suspected it was a reproduction, but that didn’t lower my enthusiasm. When the employee quoted a price of $39 for the set of chair and 3-seater sofa, I immediately said yes. Vintage or knockoff, it doesn’t matter – that’s a steal of a deal for metal outdoor furniture! And then I texted Ryan to ask him.
While I was waiting on Ryan’s response, two other people tried to buy it as they walked into the store.
That night I returned to Goodwill to pick up the furniture. A woman was outside eyeing my patio set, and she tried to buy it from me – first for $100, then for $200. That was awkward!
When I got home, a little online research showed that it’s most likely a newer reproduction made by 4D concepts. Their 2-seater glider is currently on clearance all over the internet for about $200. The chair is about $100. I’m debating buying both, so that we have a complete set around the fire. It’s one of those things that’s not really in the budget, but it may be worth pulling from some savings in order to have a matching set and not be stuck next summer trying to hunt them down. However, they get mixed reviews – some for difficulty of assembly, some for poor packaging, and some saying it’s not super sturdy.
The furniture is just what we needed around our fire pit in the back yard, and though there are a few small rust spots, I’m hopeful that we’ll get a few good years out of it before we have to strip and repaint it. I’ll have to share a photo once we’ve moved it into place.
In the mean time, what do you think – should I get the 2-seater glider and chair in the matching color? And what’s the best way to protect it from getting rusty during the winter? Put it in the shed? Or apply a new layer of clear coat?