Saturday, March 31, 2012

Platoon Leaders and Patio Furniture

My husband would like me to clarify: he is not "acting as a platoon leader." He is a platoon leader.

Glad we got that cleared up.


Our Saturday was very exciting. It consisted of our payday shopping spree. By which I mean we bought dog food, batteries, and coffee. However, as we wandered the hallowed aisles of Costco, I was reminded that I really want some outdoor furniture for our porch in the back. When we were living in Georgia, my parents loaned us their set (they weren't using it), but we left it with them when we made the move to JBLM. So, now we are without patio furniture until we buck up and buy our own.

So, we looked through what Costco has to offer... And basically, what falls under the What-I-Am-Willing-To-Spend category is... not awesome. There are plenty of really lovely outdoor seating arrangements if I want to spend more than I did on my Italian leather sofa... But really? $1000 for two made-to-look-like-wicker plastic arm chairs and a side table? Nope, not going to happen. While we were at the PX, I noticed there was a dining set that seats six for under $400... Which is more like it. But I almost think I would just be better buying a card table and a couple folding chairs.

I'm not entirely sure what we will end up doing. To be honest, here in Washington, it will probably only get used two months out of the whole year. Now, those two months will result in much usage, but still... It's 60 days out of 365. 1/6 of the year. Hmm. Math.

In the meantime, if anyone can explain to me why patio furniture costs more than indoor furniture... I'd appreciate it.


  1. Probably because of what it's treated with to help protect it from the elements. But I'm willing to bet most of it doesn't stand up to the weather here. Since it rains 300 days out of the year. LOL

    1. Huh. Maybe. I still think it's a little ridiculous. I did look at Home Depot, though... MUCH more reasonable.

  2. Go with the folding table and chairs. Easy storage. :)

  3. When we bought our set, I waited for it to go on sale at the end of the season. Luckily, in NC we sometimes are able to use our patio furniture year round if we have a really mild winter. Anyway, I bought a 800 dollar set for less than 200 at Lowes :)

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