But what other online sources exist that have great deals or collectibles that you don't know about? When conducting an online search, the results that are ad-oriented aren't likely to be what you're looking for. We've sniffed out some of the other online sources for outdoor furniture -- maybe some are up-and-coming while others are "secrets." Hope you find what you're looking for! Let us know.
EBay offers a search option for local auctions -- you indicate how many miles you're willing to drive to pick up your winning item. Try this type of search first if you want to completely avoid shipping charges for heavy-weight items.
To find outdoor furniture on Craigslist, go to the main page and locate your area. Besides providing other services -- like job listings and personal ads -- Craigslist is more like what the local classifieds section of newspapers used to be, with more detail. Like newspaper classifieds, people use abbreviations and often misspell words, and the photos aren't exactly Architectural Digest quality. But the stuff advertised is just around the corner, whether you're in Des Moines, Dublin or Dubai.
In case you were wondering, “Kijiji” (pronounced key-gee-gee) means “village” in Swahili. According to its website: "This word captures the essence of what we are creating — a community where members can connect with one another to exchange goods, ideas, and services." Kijiji is part of a much larger village known as eBay.
ECrater showed up in 2004 and its "selling point" is that there are no fees, which might be attractove to eBay's longtime merchants. A search for patio furniture on eCrater brought up results ranging from a pair of entryway lion statues to several new patio sets and even a vintage Barbie patio and garden set. Most of the listings seem to be for newer items, and the prices I saw weren't exactly "steals." Still, it's worth a look, and you never know what you might find.
Oodle allows you to conduct a regional search, which is good when you want to inspect the outdoor furniture in person and avoid paying shipping and handling fees, which can be quite costly for heavier items like furniture.
A search in my zip code for "patio furniture" came up with just one page of results, mostly from eBay and an online classifieds site for a military base about 30 miles away.
I'm not so sure how true this is, but it sounds good. Bonanzle is a colorful site and certainly grabs your attention with its bright green graphics. Items are categorized and easy to find. The term "patio furniture" resulted in a variety of styles, prices and from different locations. Like many of the other sites, you can adjust the search options to help you whittle down the selection and locate what you might be looking for.