Buying an outdoor patio umbrella can be difficult to do locally, because it seems that they are only available to purchase for a few short weeks in the spring, and then they are gone until next year. However, many people may not be able to buy an outdoor patio umbrella until summer arrives, or they need to replace either the outdoor patio umbrella itself or the stand for the umbrella, mid-summer.
My husband and I bought an outdoor patio set--table and chairs--when we moved into our house almost 20 years ago, but even though the furniture is still in good shape, our seat cushions and outdoor patio umbrella are shredded and torn. This year we decided it was time to replace both the seat cushions and umbrella, but by the time we were ready to buy them, local stores had a poor selection, and even those were mostly gone.
I wanted to have an outdoor patio umbrella with a least a bit of style, so we started to research patio umbrellas online. And what we found out was that Ebay was the best place to buy outdoor patio umbrellas (patio furniture and cushions too!).