Vintage Patio Set - Yea or Nay?

louislinusAugust 23, 2014

So I found this patio set at a resale shop today and I'm super tempted. Our house doesn't have a patio yet. We have a sunroom that is already furnished and have plans to build the patio next spring. I found this 7 piece set today for $350 - I'd probably offer $250 and see what happens. It's a 7 piece set - couch, 4 chairs and 2 small tables. I LOVE it but feel a little silly buying it with no patio yet. But I also think it's a good price and feel like I might kick myself next summer when I can't find something like this. What do you think?

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neetsiepie

Oh I love it. My mom has a similar set-I think it dates back to at least the late 60's and I've put in my dibs to inherit it. I think you should go for it, store it till you've got the space, but if you lost out, you would kick yourself.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:17PM
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tomatofreak

I'm one of those people who buy things for the future. When the future arrives, I usually can't remember why it seemed so important - or worse, I have totally changed my mind about the item. It's charming, but I wouldn't buy. (Or so I say!)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:17PM
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stolenidentity

I say Yea! And if you decide to say Nay, please give me the information so I can go get that set :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:20PM
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voila

Do you like the yellow? Is there any rust on it? Are the cushions in great shape. Being the enabler I am, if the preceding is yes, no, and yes....go for it! The couch would be more than $350, or $250 if you are successful. I paid $2000 for a table and 4 chairs 8 years ago...although it was aluminum. Is this vintage steel? It looks to be in great shape. The cushions would be custom. Be certain they are in good shape. Do you have room to store it until your patio is done? I know, too many questions. I do like it. You could always spray paint it with Rustoleum if there is any rust. The chairs look like they are not rocking, but motion chairs, which are so nice. My vote...Yes!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:29PM
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gsciencechick

Looks like it's in good shape. Yes, I'd go get it!

Can you keep it in the sunroom until you can use it outside?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:41PM
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rockybird

I bought a lot of furniture for my mcm house before I even started looking for the house. I stacked it all in the living room of my mcm condo. The furniture could have been used for the condo, but I knew it was destined for a new house and so I stacked it and stuffed it in the living room. I was ready for the privacy of a home.

I couldnt believe how well everything worked in the new house when I finally found one. Even during the gutting and remodeling, I was buying things for the house. The couple items that didnt work, or that I upgraded after moving in, I sold on cl. So, I think you should go for it. They are really cute and the price is worth taking a chance for. You can always resell them on cl if you decide not to use them.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:47PM
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louislinus

Yes they are the motion chairs. The cushions are mint. One of the tables has some rust around the glass top but other than that they are good. They are vintage steel. Oh I think I'm going shopping tomorrow!! It's only too bad that my quarterly giant Costco trip and back to school shopping also happened this weekend.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:54PM
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voila

It seems you have a destination. Quarterly Costco shopping and back to school seem to be a distraction. Focus! The minions can wait. :-P

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:08PM
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peony4

Outdoor furniture is going on clearance right now around here, and I still couldn't find anything close to this deal. If you're in a climate where you'll use outdoor patio furniture only a few months a year, this is a good find. If you're in a climate that allows for longer uses of outdoor furniture, then perhaps wait until you can explore more options.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 12:14AM
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kswl2

While I love the looks of this set, in my experience this type of sofa is just not very comfortable. It's rather stiff sitting up and almost impossible to stretch out on. We gauge the comfort of sofas both for both sitting and napping though.

Left its current color it would look great on a vintage-y sun porch or patio, but when it comes to outdoor furniture, comfort is at least as important as looks.

Forgot to add, if the cushions are not Sunbrella or similar and the proposed patio is uncovered, you will have a part time job bringing cushions in and taking them back out, and one day you will not be home when they are soaked by a rogue thunderstorm....,ask me how I know this ;-(

This post was edited by kswl on Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 5:48

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 5:44AM
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arcy_gw

The sent is adorable!! I would love not having the big box look that is everywhere!! Years ago we were doing the basement. DH's job was drywall etc. mine was curtains/lamps etc. People were SHOCKED when they came over and found it fully decorated the day DH put the hammer away. If you have a place to store it GET IT!! Another plus if you live like I do with promises and slow delivery--having the set will ensure the patio appears!!!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 5:52AM
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louislinus

We are planning a roof and yellow is my favorite color. I have a yellow chambers stove too! (It lives in the garage right now.) I only sat on a chair and did not try the couch. I will definitely do that.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:05AM
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ttodd

I love it!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:51AM
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franksmom_2010

I would buy that in a skinny minute. I bet it's old wrought iron, which will last forever, and always be better than anything from Home Depot. And for that price, even if you paint and recover all of the cusions, it's still a bargain.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:33AM
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Holly- Kay

I love it! It is so charming and beats HD outdoor stuff by a mile. You definitely wont find the character and charm in new.
I have a vintage table and chair set at our other home that we are currently leasing to tenants and if we ever cover our deck here I am bringing it to this home.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:43AM
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bpathome

That is a fabulous set! We've never stretched out on the patio sofa, really, for a long nap,,that's what a hammock is for :) The cushions will wear well, they are probably waterproof.

School lasts all year, you can shop any weekend. This set won't wait!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 10:03AM
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louislinus

Grrr. I called and negotiated the price down to $290. However what I didn't know is that one of the back cushions to a chair is missing. What to do now?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 12:57PM
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CaroleOH

I think you need to discount it further - replacing a cushion like that would cost at least $50 - plus you'll have an issue finding a yellow solid cushion to match - you'll probably never find the print fabric.

I like the sunny yellow and if you have a roof overhead it will keep the cushions dryer.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 1:26PM
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Kiwigem

Is it comfortable? No matter how charming it is, if it's not comfy you wont like it. Very pretty, though!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 1:33PM
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schoolhouse_gw

That's my style, too; however the one thing that I always think about before I buy outdoor pieces is - will it be able to stand the elements all summer and where to store it in the winter. I have a metal glider in the garden that I have to keep out year round because it's so bulky and heavy. I love it so hang on to it. I cover it with a tarp over winter and all these years it's still in fair condition for its age.

I tried painting it once, sanding,the whole bit. The paint came off within a couple months and basically I made it worse.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 4:14PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

Schoolhouse, if you can get it to a body shop or car painting place, they can paint it for you and it will last!

I love that set, Louis. I would try to get the price reduced a little more since one cushion is missing, but if you can't, it is still a terrific price. Go for it. Just think how pretty it will be on your patio. With the other cushions, you will have a model for making a replacement. Are those 'bouncy' chairs? If so, they are the best. I love to sit in them!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 4:29PM
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dretutz

Love it. Buy it. You will have regrets otherwise. Cushions are easy to make and to reupholster.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 4:50PM
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schoolhouse_gw

cyn, there is a auto detailing shop down across the field behind me. One time I took a very small round metal bistro table to them for an estimate on painting and they wanted so much I told them I'd do it myself. Ha, same thing happened, I sanded and painted and the paint came off. So I know what you mean, they would do a super job on my glider but afraid of the cost. The glider sure would get a new lease on life before it's too late.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 8:22PM
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louislinus

Thanks for the encouragement! I ended up getting the set plus a floor lamp for $300. The set was originally $350 and the lamp was $65 do I felt good about it. My good friend is an upholsterer and she said she can make me a cushion for $30. I think I'll do two solid cushions so that there are 2 floral ones and 2 solid. Hopefully it will look more intentional instead of just having one solid and 3 floral. Here's a better pic of the set and of the lamp.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:10PM
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louislinus

And here's the lamp.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:23PM
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bbstx

Yay! Good for you! You'll love it when the patio is completed.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:37PM
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neetsiepie

Oh you're going to be so happy!

A few years ago I scored four very ornate, yet chippy wrought iron patio chairs. One needs the legs rewelded, and I need cushions for them. I paid the whopping sum of $25 for all four! Your set reminds me that I really need to get those out of the shed, over haul them and add them to the new landscaping we're doing out front. Good project for this winter so I can have them ready for spring. You did great on your new purchase! Congratulations.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:47PM
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rockybird

Congrats! That is such a great price, even without the lamp and cushion! It is such an adorable set!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:51PM
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schoolhouse_gw

That's great. You knew in your heart you wanted it. :)

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 11:14AM
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laura mcleod

I love that so much! It is charming and welcoming, and the yellow is perfect. Happiness!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 10:05PM
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stolenidentity

:) I'm glad you got the package. No one ever said it has to match perfect. A missing cushion would not bother me, it would be an invitation to use the chair in my garden.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 10:21PM
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voila

Oh, I am so happy you got it! Really love the lamp, too. If a new cushion is only $30.00 You could save one for future replacement. If you can find a matching yellow fabric, you could simply turn one cushion around. What a charming patio you will have!

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 10:41PM
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franksmom_2010

Woohoo!!

The set is fabulous, and that lamp is just wonderful. And you know, lots of the fabric places are having the outdoor fabrics on clearance right now. It's the perfect time to snatch up fabric for the missing cushion, plus maybe some for toss pillows.

I love the whole set, and I think that was a great buy. In my area, that would have been gone the first day, at least on Craigslist.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 10:47PM
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powermuffin

WOW! I love that set. If I had had no plans for a patio, I would have bought that set and then made a patio to go with it. Just love it.
Diane

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 3:59PM
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louislinus

You guys!! They found the missing cushion! My set is complete and I was able to use that missing cushion as a negotiating point and they didn't ask for anymore money when they found it. The thrift gods were with me on this one.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 9:54PM
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voila

Good lord! Can I go shopping with you? What nice people you dealt with. They must have liked you, so we could go back and bargain some more, along with your gods shining down on you. Very nice, what a great surprise!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 10:09PM
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franksmom_2010

FABULOUS!

And good for you! That was a great find, and it sounds like you dealt with nice people, too. Yeh!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 10:14PM
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gsciencechick

Congrats!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 10:34PM
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jterrilynn

SCORE!! You really got a great deal on the set ( I love yellow too).

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 10:34PM
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theclose

Absolutely gorgeous! And yay on them finding the cushion! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 11:07PM
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patrice607

Woohoo! I love it when it all falls together. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 11:20PM
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finallyhome

Fabulous!!!!

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 12:02AM
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lizzie_grow

I am yellow with envy!! :)

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 1:59PM
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