Article written by Matthew Munday, who works for this garden furniture Yorkshirecompany which has showrooms open six days a week.
My new back garden was just screaming out for some outdoor furniture. The garden is quite large but very bland looking and the garden furniture that I did have was the most decrepit look setup you have ever seen. It could quite possibly have caused put someone in hospital with tetanus if they had scratched themselves on one of the chairs rusty legs!
I thought that shopping for outdoor furniture would be quite a leisurely thing to do but after I had been to the first two shops, I was on the verge of a complete and utter breakdown. When I told the sales assistants that I was just looking for a nice simple outdoor setting and possibly an umbrella, they set upon me with a barrage of questions fit for an FBI interrogation.
What colour, make, materials, styles? Had I thought about a chiminea and if not why not? I managed to mention that I would just like a nice 6 seater rectangular setting, which was a big mistake. Did I want black, green, blue acacia, lattice and it went on. Luckily the assistant was called away to take a phone call so I managed to use this chance to escape the shop and gather my thoughts.
Venturing much more warily into the next shop, I tried to act like I knew what I was doing and much to my relief I was pretty much left alone to ponder the choices that were available to me.
I didn’t realize that there were so many options but in the end I decided that I quite liked a coffee coloured six seat rectangular set. When I got to the counter to pay for my purchase, I was told that I really needed some companion seats to go with my setting and surely I would be much better off with some form of outdoor heating and maybe a lovely garden arch. I truly didn’t know that I could move so fast, I almost ran out of the shop.
Driving down the road to the nearest second hand shop was the only option that I could think of where I may be able get my outdoor furniture without being accosted, keep my purse intact and possibly even find just what I was looking for. At the front of the shop I found a beautiful, though slightly worn setting with comfortable chairs and an almost new umbrella that would go perfectly in my back garden but standing next to it was something that looked suspiciously like a chiminea.