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!).
Patio umbrellas tend to be on sale for most of the spring and summer in the UK - I guess it is just in case we actually get some prolonged sunshine :)
@Dustytoes I was very pleased with the variety of styles, sizes, and shapes of the patio umbrellas. We like one with a directional pole so we can move it with the sun.
Just yesterday I was sitting on my sunny deck and thinking I would need a patio umbrella by summer. My deck is very small, so I definitely need to consider the size and I guess the base comes separately? Good info here Paula.