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September, 2011 - Issue #83
photography by Ted Dayton
photography by Ted Dayton
The Best Time to Buy Patio Furniture
We've come to accept the inevitable: Each year, the cost of goods only goes one direction - up.

We see this truism in every facet of our lives, from what's in our grocery cart to what goes in the tank to get those goodies home. But there are some places that this proverbial truth may not seem so evident: patio furniture.

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Quality patio furniture is made from sturdy metals and fabrics; making and shipping those items can't be cheap.

Which brings us to the point: When does "the new year" start for patio furniture? According to the pros at Oasis Garden & Patio, new designs and styles are released in mid September to October - and the prices are, on average, about 10 percent higher than the year previous.

That makes "right now" the best time to buy patio furniture, especially when one considers that Oasis Garden & Patio will be hosting their annual Labor Day Clearance (all in-stock sets on sale!) again this year. Get there early for the best deals - it's "first come, first serve"; 255-9909

Save Dollars when Screens make "Cents"
There are few things more unappealing than a beaten up home-improvement-center window screen. Even on their best days, traditional screens obstruct views, block access and make window cleaning a chore.

Santa Clarita residents are frequently turning to Phantom Screens - those miracles of technology that roll up and out of sight when not in use - for doors, French doors, windows and even large openings, like patios.

Right now you can save $25 per each single, and $50 per each double, when you mention the ad in Inside SCV on page 19. The offer is valid through September 31, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy end-of-summer breezes, bug-free fresh air and zero glare. View photos and get more information at the company's website, www.phantomscreens.com; 888-742-6866

Save 20 Percent on Any Item in the Store
Douglas Furniture is offering an incredible 20-percent-off coupon on any item in the store (We have our eyes on solid Appalachian black cherry bedroom furniture and are already wondering who we should leave the heirloom-quality pieces to in our wills.). Grab the coupon on page 7 and get shopping before September 15; 255-8366
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