Monday, April 27, 2015

Teak folding chairs for spring


I was contacted some months ago by Teak Closeouts. Would I like a teak bench, or perhaps four folding chairs, for the terrace? Plus matching items for a giveaway?

Hmmmm. The wrought iron chairs' feet are beginning to fall off. Good timing. Yes, please.

But first, some questions:

Sustainability is an issue, with teak (Tectona grandis). When I asked, I was told that Teak Closeouts began a program in 2014 where one tree would be planted in central Java for every item sold; this will be documented on the website as the planting season gets under way in 2015.

The company is based primarily in Indonesia, with a warehouse that stores, cleans, photographs and boxes the furniture, with a Kentucky office answering calls and shipping, stateside. They do not manufacture, but buy up overstock, slightly damaged furniture, or stock from companies that closed. They then restore it if necessary, in-house.

When I arrived home from Cape Town there they were, already unpacked and on the terrace, a really beautiful welcome home surprise. The Frenchman, who received them, says the packaging was thorough. They were actually much newer-looking than I was expecting, and with time will weather to that silvery grey.

Here is the giveaway:

A winner drawn at random from the comments below will receive four chairs, shipping included, within five days of the draw.

Only residents of the 48 contiguous states are eligible.

To qualify, please leave a comment below, telling us where your chairs will go. Comments must include:

1. Your name
2. Your state

Comment deadline is noon, April 28th, EST. 

Good luck!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED
Lucky winner is: Gabriela Harvey, NYC
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78 comments:

  1. I think I would place them strategically around the garden for wildlife watching. The chairs are beautiful.
    Tiffany Hrach
    Pennsylvania

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  2. I've been thinking of teak chairs for the still not built back patio. The metal ice cream table and chairs there currently are out of place and uncomfortable before the end of a single drink. We live in one of the many beautiful parts of VA.

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  3. Gabriele here, and teak chairs look divine. It does rain a lot here In Washington.

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  4. How gorgeous! Would love to have some on the patio here for wave watching in California! -Natalie Aldern

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  5. Jessie, in Pennsylvania. To hopefully accompany a single aged bench near the pretty fig.

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  6. They do look nice. And would probably look nice here in Michigan also!

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  7. They were my "dream chairs" for years; it would be wonderful surprise gift for my daughter in CT

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  8. What beautiful chairs. And I love the company's story. I would put them outside the dorm where my family lives with forty high school students in MA. Thanks, Teak Closeouts and Marie for such a generous giveaway. Jenny

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  9. Deborah in Alabama. They would be lovely on my porch for our lazy brunches and evening wine.

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  10. Hi, I'm Cathy from Brooklyn. I have a little terrace waiting for my tomato seedlings to move outside, and I'd love to enjoy my rose and container garden in these great chairs!

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  11. Wendy in California. It looks like they fold--nice for moving them to and fro, following the sun.

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  12. Yes please...On the newly restored co-op roof with an added deck overlooking the Hudson and the Palisades in Hudson Heights, NYC! Welcome back! Best regards Gabriela Harvey

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  13. In the back yard garden in northern Virginia!

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  14. These would be wonderful on my just being built new deck in Southern Oregon. Love your blog. Thanks, Mariah

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  15. We are in Seattle. Our 20 year old wood deck chairs have broken and I've been looking for new wooden chairs!

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  16. Oh boy! The chairs will come to beautiful Atascadero, California and will look lovely out in my backyard, which is in almost full bloom right now. Thanks! Sally Derevan

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  17. Teak is just about the only wood that survives our horribly hot summers in the Panhandle of Florida Would love to have these chairs for the courtyard under the bue vitex (Chaste) trees. Thanks. Mary Wolfe

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  18. Would love them on my deck overlooking the back yard here in Seattle. Thanks, Dorothy

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    1. Ashley B. Hoping to win from Minnesota. :)

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  19. Beautiful, and perfect for my sailor husband, too! Beth Sorensen, Portland, Oregon.

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  20. Nancy in Upstate New York. The chairs are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway offer. We would have to put them on our deck overlooking the pond. We have a windy spot and sometimes have to act quickly to prevent things being knocked over, so the folding feature would be great.

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  21. Beautiful and wonderful idea of planting a tree for each chair. They would go on my Brooklyn stoep, NY, Lindiwe.

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  22. Cecile from Peoria, Illinois-They would look so nice on the porch of my 109 year old house! Such an nice thing this company is doing, too :-)

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  23. I just gave my sunporch a facelift - so that's where they'd go! Kaesmene, from Massachusetts.

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  24. These would be a lovely addition to my third-floor veranda, which faces into a small forest preserve. Therese in Hillsboro, Oregon.

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  25. We have a deck on the back of our house in New Jersey. These would be wonderful there! I checked out the company's website and they have lovely benches and tables too.
    Pam in NJ

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  26. Joanne in Brunswick Maine. The deck out back could use some beautiful chairs. As of now, I carry the kitchen chairs outdoors when people stop by for a drink. What a lovely "welcome home surprise" for you!!!

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  27. Candy in Pennsylvania. We built a stone house with lots of deck (3 to be exact) surrounded by woodland overlooking a large pond. These chairs would be wonderful for relaxing on the deck watching the wildlife go by--deer, bear, fox, porcupine, birds and lots and lots of squirrels!

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  28. Oh this is awesome! The chairs look great on your terrace. My name is Deb - I live in Arizona.

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  29. I would love to have those chairs on our shady, tiny backyard in Brooklyn, NY. Best, Kerstin

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  30. Janet in Pennsylvania. We are refurbishing a greenhouse that my parents ran for 21 years. We are making it into a garden shed with an attached picnic area. I am also creating an herb/flower garden outside the back door. I'm thinking "cocktail" garden. These chairs would be fabulous in this garden. Thanks for a chance at such a wonderful give-a-way.

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    1. I had technical issues with selecting a profile for publishing my comment. Here is my email address: janetconn@msn.com, for Janet in Pennsylvania. Thanks again!

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  31. I'd use chairs like these on a covered porch on a house we're building during the coming year. Jean Miller in Virginia

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  32. They would go on our screened in porch around a green painted table. Inga Byleckie Rhode Island.

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  33. Carole Coates in NC--they'll be perfect on the deck overlooking our garden--and when we have extra guests, they'll double as dining chairs.

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  34. Love their commitment to replanting what they use! These would be lovely on our deck in the Catskills, especially since we don't have much in the way of furniture yet. - emily in NY

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  35. A Brooklyn terrace...Rachel in Brooklyn, NY

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  36. Just what I've been seeking for nature watching on my patio, with friends and drinks, perhaps?
    Mary Ann Jones
    Oregon

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  37. The deck on my apartment won't fit four with all my plants (it's not nearly as big as yours!) so two would be for me and two would go to my parents. Their patio set has gotten to that stage of dry paint rubbing off when you touch it; not fun to sit in.

    - Jennifer, Kansas

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  38. These would look lovely on my little terrace! Megan in Utah

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  39. Under the tree in my front yard.

    Nancy Raftery
    Florida

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  40. We built a cypress log home with a wrap-around covered porch overlooking the pasture of the farm I grew up on in Oklahoma. The chairs would be a beautiful addition!

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  41. I would cook a beautiful pasta for my loved ones, with a glass of wine..... under the Cherry trees...the chairs are a perfect match!

    Claudia A.
    NJ

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  42. My back garden. My dining set has finally fallen victim to the Seattle rains and the chairs would be a very welcome addition. Kathy in Washington or keporter@comcast.net.

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  43. I would place them around a "rescued" patio table on our deck so I can keep an eye on the morning glories and moon flowers. They get a little rowdy sometimes.
    Ember Blackwell
    Minnesota

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  44. A couple down by the fire pit and maybe near the back gardens, so we could admire the sunset and the flowers, and keep an eye on my garlic crop. ;) Laura O in Rhode Island

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  45. My back deck, under my 100 year old Willow Oak trees!

    Jessie Brown
    Tennessee

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  46. On the back deck in Colorado...or maybe around the kitchen table in a pinch!
    Nelson Bartley/Colorado/Texas

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  47. On our herb filled back porch!

    Kayla Murgo
    Massachusetts

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  48. I would love those beautiful teak chairs to enjoy watching the birds and wildlife at my new home in the Catskill Mountains in NY!
    Debbie Reilly

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  49. Lovely! Chairs would go in my slate paved and "steppables" planted back yard in Seattle, WA
    Sasha Pollack

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  50. Wow, what a nice giveaway.....I was hoping the giveaway was my ass in one of the seats for a spring dinner on the Harlem patio, but I would happily take some for my NJ patio. :)

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  51. I like everything about your Teak Closeouts deck furniture, and we have two decks and a Northwest rainforest garden that need, and would provide a very good home to, four Teak Closeouts chairs! Thank you for the information and the opportunity, Leslie

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  52. Ashley B. Hoping to win from Minnesota.

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  53. Nothing like a giveaway for voices to be raised! Rebecca in Pa who is still so darn excited about all of my spicebushes.

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  54. Webb in Virginia. Would love to have some half as nice as those. You are a generous woman! and so is the teak man.

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  55. To quote Marie, "Yes, please!" the would look lovely in my yard in Massachusetts. Judith A. Ross

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  56. Debra Ponte
    Massachusetts
    I need these TEAK CHAIRS,as my metal chairs rusted out! I will place them on my back deck where I will container garden for my Veggies & Herbs, as w/Chronic Lyme the deck is safe and I will grill also. The chairs will make it so cozy. Never have I owned such lovely chairs, they'll make my small deck look divine!

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  57. Larissa Bailey
    Ohio

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  58. What a lovely thing of you and Teak Closeouts to do! We could really use some deck furniture at our pad in San Anselmo, CA, where South African native plants bloom happily in the full sun. Cheers Marie!

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  59. Would look lovely in Texas.

    Lorlee Bartos
    Texas

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  60. They'd be perfect for our patio garden here in Clarence, NY.

    Toni
    New York

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  61. They'd be perfect for our patio garden here in Clarence, NY.

    Toni
    New York

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  62. It's finally starting to get new here in Ohio, these would look beautiful in our back yard - this is our first summer in our house :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. They will go on my brick patio surrounded by my 100 plus containers in Lancaster Pennsylvania.

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  64. I have a great back patio, veg garden and small orchard, so I'd put two on the patio and two out in the trees so I could sit wherever depending on the view I wanted. Thanks for the chance!
    Leslie in (way too dry) northern California

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  65. Wait for me!! I know I've already won the cookbook but let me give this a shot.

    They would go on my front"terrace" ( aged, cracked concrete) along with my table and lots of pots of flowers and herbs.

    I would sit on them in between weeding, the cats would take naps on them and neighbors would sit and visit.

    All this would happen here in Virginia.

    If I don't win can I come and sit on yours?

    xo J

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  66. my folks had a beautiful set of teak furniture and I've always loved it, never owned any. Plus, the Ikea deck furniture did not handle two winters well...Lynn Yenkey in Chicago, Illinois. What a great giveaway!

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  68. KarenLR
    Vermont
    Such a generous giveaway!
    These beauties would travel from the new deck, to the brink of the overlook, to the veggie gardens, to the skinny little front porch, to the fire pit for s'mores, to the meadow for star gazing...

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  69. The teak chairs would be perfect in the garden by the lily pond here at Dove Cottage in Woodstock, N.Y. -- Joan Knight

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  70. Here is my email address:
    jkmacgriff@aol.com
    Joan Knight

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  71. Mmmm great for the seasons to come. Dreamy.. Emmy in nyc

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  72. Having just ripped out the remnants of the prior owner's postage stamp lawns, the chairs would be in the front native plant beds. Very useful for bird/bee/people watching (often with bonus wine).

    Sandra, N. California

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  73. That's a generous giveaway. Yours look great in your garden. Would you mind if I ask a nosey question? where do you find the terra cotta pots? I generally only find small ones here.

    Dee L. New York

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    1. Hi Dee - at my local hardware store. They ordered some large (22") ones for me, but they had sizes up to 18".

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  74. Such a wonderful giveaway! The chairs are beautiful.
    Julia - North Carolina

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  75. Thanks. I love your foraging posts. I never knew you could eat Japanese knotweed. My grandmother grew it in her yard.. She called it bamboo. It still grows.through the asphalt near the spot where her house used to sit.

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