In celebration of springtime, I made a big purchase.
Big as in size (this outdoor umbrella has a colossal 9-foot wingspan), as in impact (a Crate & Barrel design with vibrant Marimekko Madison yellow fabric), and as in value (originally priced as a $359 set, it was marked down to $161.95!). OK, big as in expensive too, because savings aside, this was still a bigger item than I’m used to splurging on. I’ve been wanting to gradually update my outdoor furniture collection even though it’s not a big priority in the grand scheme of things, and this was just one of those seize-the-opportunity-and-save-serious-dough moments that I couldn’t pass up.
But now it’s apparent that I need a bigger table.
Like, way bigger, because my little <$100 table and chair set looks child-sized. Hopefully I’ll find a can’t-pass-me-up deal this fall when lawn furniture isn’t quite the hot ticket item as it is right here, right now.
Back to the ‘brella. The fabric, so cheery and yellow, adds a lot of vibrance and happiness to the back deck, and also plays nicely with the gray siding and eggplant door of the sunroom. Oh, there’s Pete working in the sunroom. Hi Pete.
The quality, I’m impressed with. The framework is strong; strong, as in heavy-weighted and durable, and also as in capable of strength. Unlike other umbrellas I’ve had the opportunity to carry/raise/lower, there’s no fighting this mechanism, and it glides open smoothly with the turn of the handle. And more importantly, it stays that way. None of that use-all-of-your-muscles-and-hope-it-doesn’t-slide-back-down, that thing goes up and stays up. Even in a breeze on a Wednesday afternoon, which is when I was taking these pictures.
Also noteworthy, it has a tilting mechanism like I’ve never used before. With a twist of a cuff on the the pole, the entire top of the umbrella tilts to whatever angle you set it to. Worth pointing out because it’s different mechanically than some other models; no worries about pinching your fingers while the whole top is flopping around in the breeze, and no stretching up towards the sky awkwarding exposing your summer midriff to Grandma.
Umbrella quality has certainly been improving since I was a kid.