OMG! Summer done snuck up all of a sudden!!

Hiddy Hi Hi all y’all out there in the Lawn Chair Nation!!

Haven’t posted here in a while; as I’m certain you already know! Here in Good Ole’ Jefferson, Texas, summer seems to sonder forth beginning about the second week of May. We have a very long time running celebration known as Pilgrimage which is set for the first weekend in May with parades, open houses, a play, Civil War Re-enactments and other celebrations of note. Of course, the weather is generally cooperative and most folks have cleaned off their outdoor furniture and can be seen porch or backyard sitt’n just about anywhere in town!

This is also the time of year when the Metal Lawn Chair comes into its glory and most of us take to them as much as possible. I’m sure y’all are the same way in your own little piece of heaven! It’s a busy time too. Folks are getting their flower beds in order, the grass needs to be cut pretty often and houses seem to just be prettier if for no other reason than everything is green again!

Summer is sort of a three part season here in our part the South. First, we start off with spring which quickly turns to fairly warm days but the evenings and nights are still a bit cool. Usually, the mornings seem rather cold but by afternoon you might need the AC. Then, after just a few weeks and rather suddenly, the nights are not so cool and you realize things are in for a change. This lasts for another few weeks and then comes the 90 degree weather in the afternoons. Great for sitt’n! Lastly, and we always hope it takes a good long while getting here, the nights become warmer; no less than 75! That’s when Texas starts to feel the full effects of wide open summer. Currently, we’re in stage 2 and walking around town, riding with the windows down and sitt’n in your lawn chair as the sun disappears into the tree tops is at it’s best. The down side is bugs are also doing their thing and they begin biting on you in their own celebration. Not to worry though! A well placed citronella candle or two adds to the evening’s ambiance and holds most of the little buggers at a distance!

I hope all y’all are having a wonderful spring or early summer as it were and the outdoor life style is enjoyed as much as possible. Remember, the old chairs are happiest when they’re being used and enjoyed by their owners and friends. Be kind to your old friend the metal lawn chair. Wipe them down often, maybe apply a light coat of wax on the seats and frame to bring out the shine and try to keep them on dry, well drained ground to prevent rust. If the mood strikes you, please send me a picture or two of you and your friends partaking of the season’s good time!

See Y’all Soon!

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Merry Happy Ground Hog Day Y’all!

Howdy All Y’all!

We’ve already gone through one whole month of 2018 and now we’re looking forward to spring! Whoo Hoo! So today is the day we watch for that big beaver looking critter to come out of his home and check around for his shadow. Barring any shadow foretells of a shorter winter but seeing a shadow offers 6 more weeks of cold weather. We’re getting the extended version looks like!

This just means we’ll be that much more thankful for milder conditions when they do finally arrive. Getting ready for that offers a fun time in the basement or garage which comes in the form of refitting and refinishing an old metal lawn chair. Oddly enough, now is a darn good time to be shopping for backyard relics at your local “antique” emporium. Things are a bit slower traffic wise for many of these shops as school is in full session, vacations are many weeks away and folks are pretty much hanging close to home. The shops need a little activity and they just might be in the mood to bargain better now than when warm weather is upon us.

Undoubtedly, you’ve been eyeing an old chair somewhere and maybe you’re seeing it sitting longer than when in spring and summer season. I’m willing to bet that if you pop in and have a slow talk with the shop owner and make a reasonable offer, you’ll walk out with a bargain! If you wait until full blown spring, the price is likely to be rather firm.

So what’s a good price, what’s too much and what is a steal? As in most things, location is the key. Large cities with up scale shops generally have the higher costs because they can charge more and have the client base for it. Little out of the way stores may not see much traffic until their season kicks in and are more willing to take less for a quick sale in their lean times; like right now. Generally, a good used metal lawn chair of the more commonly found styles in solid enough condition for continued use are valued from about $25 to $45.00. A chair of more unique design, in survivor shape, still in original paint and with a strong frame might come in at closer to $80 to $90.00. If the asking price is higher, then they either have something they think is fairly important, collectable or just feel that it’s worth more. Again, the conversation will likely reveal more complete details and open up a dialog towards bargaining.

In bargaining, a pleasant attitude towards the shop keeper or other seller is important. You wouldn’t want to have some random stranger walk up to you and say “I’ll give you a dollar for that old chair you got outside!” No. Be a little more careful, strike up a conversation and maybe ask if there at other chairs possibly hidden away to look at. It just could be the person likes to talk about their stuff and if you show genuine interest they are more likely to take you around the corner and show you some pieces not on the floor. And, if you see a better piece, now is the time to talk price. Also, buying more than one item almost always increases the chance of getting a better deal. Folks like to sell in volume.

Be reasonable in your discount request. Don’t expect the owner to take a 90% mark down. Offering between 10 to 20% less is normal. So, a $50.00 chair might go home with you for $40.00. Oh and by the way. Cash always speaks way louder than credit cards! That credit card with all the cool perks and rewards points is costing the store between 3 to 5% so stop by the ATM and go prepared to pay cash on the barrel head.

Now here’s the difficult part. If you’re shopping for an old example, make sure you’re looking at a vintage, period piece. Too often I see even our own furniture offered as vintage at period correct prices. And, many people either don’t know or are just marketing there stuff as from the 1940’s or 50’s when in fact they are a Flanders piece from the late 1980’s or 90’s. Nothing terribly wrong with any of this but you as the buyer should remain cautious and look for the “tells” I talk about in my book and on previous blogs here. Lots of folks think any metal lawn chair in rusty, flaking paint condition automatically must have come from the 1950’s. Remember your Latin, Caveat Emptor, which means buyer beware. You can always send me pictures with a question and I’ll be very happy to tell you what I can about any old lawn chairs or gliders.

Take a cold, dreary weekend and hit some shops and you may well be pleasantly surprised what you’ll find!

Good Hunting!!

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Happy New Year!!

2018! Man! A new year … again! Seems like we just had one about 6 or 8 months ago! Someone needs to tap the brakes on the clock…this thing is moving entirely too fast. I remember the old folks telling me this would happen when I would go around “wishing” it was my birthday, Friday, end of school or other. They warned me that one day time would be coming too soon and I’d be wishing it be slower. Who knew they’d be right!

I hope all y’all had a wonderful Christmas and great New Year! Here in little ole’ Jefferson, Texas we’re still in holiday mode as Mardi Gras is coming real soon. Because of our relationship and history with New Orleans, we celebrate Mardi Gras in grand style. There’s a Queen Mab Ball later this month and then Mardi Gras in February. If you’ve been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you’ll appreciate our own style. We don’t party all month long or have big loud celebrations but we do party down for a week or so. We call ours “Mardi Gras Upriver”. Y’all might like to take a little trip and visit Jefferson this time of year and hang out with us for our Mardi Gras on February 9th and 10th. It’s not too adult and most folks have their kids with them so don’t think we’re not family oriented. There’s lots to see, parades, shopping, food, music and it’s all within easy walking distance of our little downtown area. And, there’s Lawn Chairs all around town! There’s shops with old chairs and also some new pieces around to sit and play with. Yes, they’ll sell them!

Please come see us and enjoy Mardi Gras Upriver in Jefferson, Texas. Les Bon Ton Roule’ y’all!

Jingle Bells in the air Y’all!

Hiddy Hi Lawn Chair Nation and Happy Merry Christmas!!

Well sir, it’s Christmas time all over the place around here and darned if things don’t look like the North Pole! Except without the snow! Our little town of Jefferson, Texas has been all dressed up Christmas like for the last couple of weeks and folks are really getting in the spirit of things!

We’ve been having really odd weather what with a few really cold nights but then we get a couple of warm days to help confuse the seasonal feelings! However, this offers another opportunity to sit outside and do some casual Lawn Chair sitting and enjoy the mild conditions.

I want to offer a little tip I got shown one News Year Eve several years ago. We were on the beach at a lake and of course we had the required bonfire going plus a handful of metal lawn chairs. Now, this was a pretty cold night and getting colder as we waited for 12 o’clock to roll around. Those steel chair bottoms were beginning to feel a little too cold for some folks so one of the men there took a small shovel scoop of coals from the bonfire and spread them out under the chairs. Within just a couple of minutes those metal lawn chairs began to get nice and toasty warm! It only took maybe a 1/4th of a shovel of glowing coals to get the cold driven away from the chair seats. When the seats got too cool again, we just grabbed another scoop of coals.

Now, as a word of caution, do this with the idea that you are sitting on top of hot, glowing coals and by so doing, you could singe your pant legs if you’re not careful. It’s not really all that dangerous, although I suppose it might seem so, you just need to use small amounts and be aware. No one at our party got into trouble and we were having a rather happy time but just be careful. The coals weren’t spread to the point they were touching the chair frame and mostly it was just sort of like an ant hill right under the middle of the seat. Surprisingly, it only takes a small amount so try a little at first to test the effects. Your back end with be happier!

I hope all y’all have a way Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!

See all y’all next year!!!!

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And…. we’re on the downhill run!! To winter that is!

Hiddy Hi all y’all out there in the good ‘ole Lawn Chair Nation!

I’m so very happy to report, that finally…East Texas is feeling more like fall! Hallelujah! In fact, we might receive a slight freeze this weekend it we don’t lookout. For those of you in other parts of our Great Nation that actually get to experience a true change of seasons, y’all might not understand my joy at all this but weather here in the Lone Star State is, shall we say…odd. In the fall, one day it’s 39 in the morning and that afternoon it’s 85. How do you dress for that? Then, in a few more days, it’s back to normal with the 70’s. But finally, the ladies here in the office got cool enough to have to run heat this morning so that’s a good sign we may be kicking summer to the curb. Now if we just had a bit of rain, everything would be everything!

As most of y’all know, we sell parts to rebuild the old chairs and gliders. Unfortunately, our stock is for the style of chairs and gliders that Ed Warmack, the Williams Brothers and Flanders Industries/Lloyd Flanders made and not the square, bench style such as  JR Bunting is famous for. I love those old three seat gliders with the cool cutouts and boxy shape. I routinely get requests for parts for this glider style and I can offer a few details here which I hope will assist others in their rebuilding job.

One of the easier sources for the swing arms, which seem to need replacing on most of the old pieces when found “in the wild” is by searching on eBay. There a couple of folks that are hand fashioning pretty good looking reproduction swing arms. Search using “Vintage Metal Glider” or “Porch Glider” and you’ll run across them and possibly some other things you might need.

There is also a way cool web site for an outfit that rebuilds the old Bunting style gliders and chairs. Sometimes they have extra parts or can offer suggestions. Please visit our friends at www.retrovintagepatio.com or call them at 800-725-6896. For me, they know more about the Bunting gliders than anyone else on the inner-web and I’m sure they’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Some of the pieces in poor condition will have rusted areas needing repair. Fortunately, the gauge or thickness of the material for the period gliders was a little on the thick side. This means that new metal can be welded into place with the right approach. First, all the old paint needs to be removed. This can be done with a chemical stripper and the citrus based ones have worked well for me and they are pretty much environmentally friendly. However, you do tend to make a mess so prepare for that ahead of time. The other method requires sourcing a company that can media blast the paint off. Media blasting is sort of like sand blasting but it’s not as aggressive. There’s even a rather newer method that incorporates high pressure water along with a media that takes the paint off nicely. The folks that cater to classic car rebuilding generally will have these blast machines or can recommend someone.

Once all the paint is off then you’ll truly know the shape of your fortune. It could be the metal is fine and ready for primer or you might need to cut out some rust and weld in new panels. For this work, I would again seek out the help of the classic car shops. These folks know and understand lighter gauge metal fabrication and can help advise you on what can be done to get your treasured glider back to factory new.

I hope this rather short segment has helped a little in y’all’s quest towards your project. Fixing up old chairs and gliders is becoming more and more popular these days if I only go by the level of emails I get. It’s so cool that folks are becoming increasingly interested in restoring or just fixing their vintage pieces and not scrapping them! Most of y’all know, that’s my mantra!

Later y’all! Happy Halloween and don’t steal your kid’s candy…while they’re looking!

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Fall is in the air….sort of!

Hiddy Hi all y’all in the Lawn Chair Nation!

Just turned my calendar and it says it’s fall. I guess because it’s October and the official sanctioned date for the commemoration was September the 22nd. Here in East Texas, we still have summer and danged if the rain hasn’t stopped! We had pretty good rain all summer but right after Harvey, it stopped. Strange, but that’s just weather in Texas.

Fall marks a change of seasons whether the temperature is cooperating or not. Here in the Deep South, we can enjoy being outside well into November and I’ve seen some of the prettiest weather you can imagine at Thanksgiving! Everybody around here and most other places I’m sure is busy with school football. We’ve been to Denton to see the grandson do some quarterbacking and thankfully we could sit in the shade! Poor kids were soaked from the heat and all that running around. Oh well, it’ll be winter soon enough.

So, what to do with your Lawn Chairs? Since the evenings are getting cooler, and for us that means the low 80’s, I suggest getting together with friends and family in the backyard, take a deep breath and enjoy the time you have before all the Holiday festivities kick in. Maybe you’re like us, with all our kids scattered about, we do a fair bit of traveling so our sitting around opportunities diminish and then we have other civic obligations that begin this time of year. Why is it, the older you get, the busier you get? How does that work?

Taking time for one’s self is an important health consideration. Therefore, spending a little time relaxing in a nice Metal Lawn Chair in the comfort of one’s own surroundings is actually part of a heathy life style. Sort of like, eating skinless chicken breast! I like mine barbequed of course. The simple act of taking time out from a hectic life gives the body an opportunity to regain its strength. And if that happens to include a frosty adult beverage, then so much the better!

I hope all y’all have a very pleasant fall season and please try to relax in your Lawn Chairs as often as you can. It’ll make you a better person and improve your well being. Just keep with it and you’ll soon see what I’m talking about!

Talk to y’all later!

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Jimmy Fallon Video

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Jimmy Fallon Video

Hey All Y’all!,

Summer is winding down and today we have that whole Solar Eclipse thing going on! I hope all ya’ll have your Metal Lawn Chair all shined up and ready for the big event. Here in East Texas we’re supposed to see about 80% coverage….if it’s not too cloudy that is. Looks like a good chance we’ll get to see some of it!

When we last left off, I was telling y’all about Jimmy Fallon and his “review” of my book, “A History of the Metal Lawn Chair”. So, here’s the rest of that little story! A bunch of us guys usually get together each week one evening after work and have a little cookout and a couple of beers. It’s a fairly long tradition and made up of my publisher, two or three school teachers, coaches and administrators, environmental engineer – who is our resident Yankee that we suspect is here by way of a Witness Protection Program and makes a fabulous Stromboli, and a couple of other usual suspects. One of our semi regulars is a retired entertainment promotor with a long list of stories about some of the more notorious singers and musicians from the 80’s and 90’s. Those folks really do lead a separate life from the rest of mere mortals! We’ll jut call this guy Ed because….that’s his name.

When the Jimmy Fallon thing came up on one these event nights, Ed listened intently and with great interest. A couple of guys remarked I should write a letter to the Tonight Show and Ed quickly came out with “Letter! Make a dang video!” And before any of us knew it, we had contacted a college kid that had all the video equipment, booked a meeting room at the City Tourism Office, enlisted the Tourism Director, ordered tee shirts and got over 100 folks from town to gather and help shoot a video in response to Jimmy Fallon and his mischaracterization of my little lawn chair book!

This was one of the more stressful things I think I’ve done in many years. It actually turned into quite a bit of work and became a bit more serious than I think anyone had imagined including me. Ed was our driving force and he was a machine! I’ve never seen this side of him nor had anyone else but he took the reigns and guided the whole thing like he was getting paid…which he wasn’t.

So, we all put on our “anti-Jimmy Fallon” tee shirts, staged the shoot, I drove around town in a golf cart rigged with seats made from Metal Lawn Chairs and we made a video to send Mr. Fallon. We even had a very talented young lady write and sing a song about the affair!

If you’d like to view the Jimmy Fallon segment of his Do Not Read review, please click this link (ours is the third book in his critique)

To see our response video, please check out this link.

Hope y’all enjoy!

Happy Eclipse Day!!

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Me and Jimmy Fallon!

Hey All Y’all!

I’m sorry for the 1 year absence but I’ve made a new commitment to keep this Blog more current!. So, my intentions are to post something at least every two weeks. Thanks for visiting and I hope y’all enjoy my posts.

What’s the deal with Jimmy Fallon? Well, here you go. About January 24 of this year, Jimmy Fallon was doing is routine on the Tonight Show about books NOT to read. He calls it Do Not Read. In this segment he has a few off the radar books and he makes great fun poking jest at them. Now, as a writer myself, I sort of take umbrage with this because most folks that have gone through the trouble of writing and publishing a book on whatever subject they’re passionate about, as a rule, don’t like their work mocked. But, the entrepreneur in me knows that any notoriety, good or bad is still notoriety and I left my hurt feelings to just deal with it!

We didn’t see the Tonight Show that particular evening. I dare say we’ve only seen a couple of Tonight Shows in the last several years. I much prefer to read and skip the usual slapstick designed as a medium in which to support commercials. This is another reason we don’t have a TV in the bedroom. But, I’m fast running out of room for my book collection and it’s become quite the little joke around here about me and my book obsession. Of course it’s only an obsession if you admit to it and I’m not so inclined!

Moving on. We received a call from my publisher, Mitchel Whitington who supports my book on his Amazon site. Mitch is a local writer and has produced a good number of very entertaining and informative history books under his publishing company, 23 House. Mitchel calls and lets me know he has had an order from Amazon for about 16 of my books. This is not so out of normal but the number is larger than usual. What normally happens is someone has blogged or otherwise written about us or my book and there has been a spurt of interest. This was a Friday. On Monday, our web site showed we sold two or three copies and I get another call from Mitch wanting twelve more books. We knew something had been said, printed or posted so we take to the inner-web to search out what it might be. Nothing. On Tuesday, Mitchel calls yet again and needs another sixteen copies. Now we look with fervor. Our front office lady, Wendy has taken a look at the Amazon site and spies a comment about seeing my book on Jimmy Fallon. She goes to the Tonight Show web site and lo and behold, there’s Jimmy Fallon making fun of my book and he’s holding it up to the camera! He says he can’t recommend the book because it was written in 2014 and there’s simply no telling how many advancements have been made in the Metal Lawn Chair industry over these last few years!

This story has another turn to it that I’ll cover in another installment. If you’re inclined to see the segment, please visit YouTube and simply type in “Jimmy Fallon Metal Lawn Chair”. It is the whole Do Not Read segment for that night and mine is about the third book in his critique.

See y’all soon! Party on Lawn Chair Nation!!

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A little lesson in early vs. late Metal Lawn Chairs and what to look for.

Bang! The Fourth of July has done been and gone already! Now I guess we just ride out ( in our trusty Lawn Chairs that is!) summer and wait for football and hunting season to arrive!

Today, let’s look into what the makers were doing in the late 1930’s to the days leading up to WW II and then what was happening after. By knowing some of the “tells” I look at, you too can judge for yourself the approximate age of a cool find. To begin, we need to know  little history. We’ve all been taught in school about the Great Depression and how the Nation’s economy was thrust into tumult. Thousands and thousands of people out of work and factories all over closed up. It was a very bad time but you might have to wonder how some got along despite the hard times. Cars were still being made, houses were being built, furniture was widely available as were household appliances and all sorts of other things. What happened is labor became much less costly. A factory could hire more people to make things with more man hours involved but it did not translate into higher production costs.

Now this is a little hard to understand here in 2016 what with so many service workers petitioning for a $15.00/hour minimum wage. Not only were jobs scarce but payment for work was greatly reduced. I’ve read in some old books where a guy with a good job making a rather tidy living as an advertising artist was now working on half scale and then was asked to work on half of that later on. It was either that or no job at all!

When we look at articles made in the Pre-WW II era, we see lots of detail. Handwork being, for lack of a better term, cheap, a factory could well afford to have a worker doing a task that was a bit fiddly. Say for instance in a late 1930’s metal lawn chair, many of these old pieces used a one piece frame. Even though there was a machine doing the bending, it was a person doing the setting up of the part to be made. A one piece frame could not be made in one operation and likely required three. Then, this solid piece had to handed on to another worker for finishing and then on to packaging.

Let’s stop here a moment and talk a little about packaging and shipping. As with worker’s wages, shipping was also a very different animal than in today’s standards. It was not such a big deal to ship bulky items back then because a load was a paying job no matter what. Lawn Chairs in particular were not all that easily broken down for shipping for the most part. Instead, parts simple nested together and were pilled in. I can say with reasonable certainty, several all steel lawn chairs were shipped from the factory to the retailer completely, or near completely assembled. And, their protection device was more than likely just a wad of news paper here and there. This would all come to an abrupt end directly after the War when all sorts of items were re-designed to be more compactly packaged.

Details, details, the devil is in the details! In pre War II America, it was not at all unusual to decorate or build with lots of trouble; speaking today in more contemporary terms. For example, you will notice a large number of the early period pieces utilized rivets to assemble with instead of screws or bolts. Rivets are mostly permanent and yield a piece that is assembled of nearly so. Also, brackets used for attachment points were common which all had to be formed in a machine by a person or persons. And, when a single bolt would have sufficed, the maker may have chosen to use two fasteners or maybe even incorporated some other extraneous something or other. This is when the phrase, “They sure don’t build’m like they used to!” comes from. All these little extras had to go by the wayside after production returned to peace time.

So, when you are inspecting an interesting old lawn chair and you’re asking yourself, is this really an old piece or is it newer, look closely at the way the old thing is built. As I’ve said before, one piece frames are a good indicator it’s Pre-War. Somewhat complicated attachment points are a good tell also. Decorative arms are another point to notice as these pretty much went away by the start of the 1950’s. If the chair frame has slight bends or seems to be more than just straight with no other element to it is a good consideration. The old Calumet chair being made prior to WW II, sold during the War and then into the very early 1950’s saw a few of these small changes. The one piece frame went from being rounded at the back to having square corners (still a one piece frame though). And, on the chair arms, the early examples have a little dog leg bend just before the chair arm makes contact with the chair back. This serves to open the frame up a little. Later models did away with this small bend which took someone to load into a machine and make it, to a smooth straight section.

If you’ve run onto a really nice example and just can’t decide for yourself when it might have been made or if you just want a second opinion, I’m happy to respond! Please send o my email address tmc@torransmfgco.com along with a couple of pictures, I’ll gladly tell you what I can!

Party On Lawn Chair Nation!

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To color match or not….that is the question!

Hey All Y’all up in here in the Lawn Chair Nation!

Memorial Day was a little wet for us Southern folks but we still managed to get outside and make a trip or two to the lake for the inaugural start to summer! Bang! It’s here don’t you know!

We get calls everyday from folks that what to outfit their front porch, back yard, deck or what all. The problem comes with picking colors! We offer a whole bunch of colors and sometimes that presents a little trouble. What color to pick? Just this week a lady was fretting over her choice for going all white or mix in some color for her front porch. There are folks that want their furniture to match the house and then others want their chairs and gliders to add a splash of color. Either way is perfectly acceptable and to be very honest, there are no hard and fast rules as far as I’ve found!

But, lets take a look at what folks did back in the day how about? From the very start, reds, yellows, blues and greens were common color choices. So, if you had an all white house and you wanted metal chairs and gliders then you just put them out there and that was it. This was normal and common to see and no one freaked out. And, it was so very common to see all these colors in one setting. My feelings are that since color was such an important thing in the Post War Era that people pretty much demanded things to be offered in a choice of colors. If it wasn’t in a color then most likely it was chrome! This is also the time when cars came in colors too and not just white, black and silver.

If I could guide anyone on colors, I’d say to pick whatever suits you and have fun. I used to think we needed to match the color of the year and for awhile we did but pretty soon we came to understand that vintage style metal lawn furniture need not be in whatever the rad color was supposed to be for that year. The normal top 3 is and has been red, yellow and green. Blue is a popular third color in some parts of the country more than green. However, school colors are an important thing to consider. Folks always what to show their school colors and quite often it gets pretty intense! This is one reason why we offer so many colors.

Let me say something about red with white. There is I’m sure a physiological explanation as to why this color combination is so popular across so many years for all sorts of things. It was the hot go to colors of the 50’s but so was yellow and white let’s not forget. My aunt was a yellow and white fan of the first order! I’m sure, Coca Cola has had a lot to do with furthering the red/white proliferation. But, they weren’t the only ones cashing in so maybe it’s just in our human make up to gravitate to this color combo. As a side note, we worked with a guy on the East Coast for awhile that made the old chrome diner furniture. He told me he purposely would not bring anything red and white to display at a trade show. I asked why he didn’t go with his strongest offering? He said that every time he showed red/white, no one paid any attention to his other way cool colors! So, in order to sell his other choices, he had to leave red and white at home.

To sum up, really all you need to do is reflect back to what you mother or grandmother would have done. After all, they were in the same situation themselves back in their day too! But for them, the world was all about colors and color combinations. They just went with the flow and did what seemed natural to do. Making the world a little prettier has never been a problem for anyone. So my recommendation is just have fun, let some color flow and if that gets old, change it around! If you want a dead on match to your house color then that’s all cool as well! The important thing is to make yourself happy and enjoy the outdoors. Of course an added benefit to having multi colored lawn chairs and gliders out front, your pizza guy or visitors won’t miss your house!

Party on All Y’all and remember, don’t toss ‘m, save ‘m!

Louis (Skip) Torrans