A Tale of Two Chairs

So, here’s the new Adirondack style chair I purchased to replace the one that recently suffered a serious crack in the plastic. It was nearly two decades old and had spent all those winters outside in the snow and changing temperatures.

Perhaps I shouldn’t make such a rash assumption but I’m wondering if this one will last as long.

I might also mention that, though the price was similar to the one purchased nearly twenty years ago, the size is smaller (just like airline seats have become, though humans tend to be larger as time goes on), and the style less attractive, less classically flared like a real Adirondack.

Normally I try to be authentic when I can, but I do like plastic rather than wood for these types of chairs. Easier to drag to a spot in or out of the sun as the day warms. And they come in an array of non-fading colors, from traditional to trendy.

Now for the rest of the story – we purchased a recliner for our living room less than three years ago. It was a well respected brand. In December, when the chair was barely two years old, the supporting features of the base basically disintegrated, rendering the chair useless.

Thankfully due to the warranty, the base was replaced. A few weeks ago, when the base was less than six months old, the same thing happened – thankfully including the replacement warranty as the chair is still less than five years old.

The chairs of my childhood lasted for decades. What has happened to quality design and pride in producing a great product?



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Penny Mason

Penny Mason is a writer who loves mysteries, pets, nature, gardening, vintage style and culture, classic rock, the New England Coast and the North Coast.

4 thoughts on “A Tale of Two Chairs”

  1. I work at Pier 1. I unload, unwrap, and assemble furniture. It seems like every year the quality becomes less and less. Some is good quality, but some is just ridiculous. I’ve come across stuff that was put together with rusty nails. Rather disheartening.

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    1. Yes, it is. I wonder if pride of craftsmanship and respect for the retail purchaser will ever return to replace today’s manufacturing focus of pinching pennies in the pursuit of profit. Thanks for sharing your experience.


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