5 Of The Best Places To Find Old Metal Lawn Chairs For Sale

Do you want to get involved in an exciting new DIY hobby?

Do you like to go around to thrift stores and flea markets looking for something interesting you can work with in your spare time?

Are you also in the market for new outdoor decorations and seating options?

If any of this sounds like you, then you should take a look at old metal lawn chairs!

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You may not realize it, but metal lawn chairs are making a comeback in a big way. This type of chair has recently become a very popular option for DIY projects for people of all skill levels.

But why are people interested in finding old metal lawn chairs for sale, anyway? In short, this is something that’s easy enough for just about anyone to work with, and there isn’t a lot of prep work involved, either. You only need a hand sander and some safety gear to be able to complete this project, as well as a few supplies you can purchase from your local hardware store.

Because of the ease of working with metal chairs and the customizability you can enjoy from them, you’re sure to find out soon just why so many people are interested in this type of project. So let’s get started shopping!

1. Antique Stores

  • Antique stores are a good place to find metal lawn chairs that are in better condition than you may find in some other locations.
  • These chairs have sometimes already been stripped and finished or painted, however, so if you’re looking for a project they may or may not be the way to go.
  • This is also a good solution if you’re trying to find a set of matching chairs, as many people will sell their old sets to antique stores.
  • These chairs may be more expensive than some of the others available in other locations.

2. Yard Sales

  • Yard sales can be very hit or miss, and it may take some time and driving around to find metal lawn chairs for sale at a yard sale or garage sale in your area.
  • Of course, if you’re the type of person who loves to drive around and go to sales like these, then by all means, go for it!
  • You can often have the benefit of haggling with the seller when you find a chair you like at a yard sale, although keep in mind that not everyone will be willing to haggle.
  • This is a good option for finding sets of matching chairs as well.

3. Flea Markets

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  • Flea markets are one of the best places to find metal lawn chairs as long as you’re willing to take the time and do some digging to find what you’re looking for.
  • These chairs are usually not going to be available in matching sets, although you may get lucky sometimes.
  • Chairs you find at a flea market are likely to be in worse condition than those you may find in other locations, although this is not always the case.
  • If you regularly attend the same flea market, you may be able to ask some of the sellers to be on the lookout for chairs for you.

4. Craigslist or eBay

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  • eBay is a good option if you don’t mind paying for shipping, but keep in mind that lawn chairs may cost a lot to ship and may require assembly when you receive them.
  • Some eBay sellers do offer local pickup, but this is hit or miss.
  • Craigslist can be helpful if you take your time and wait for good items to show up for sale.
  • You can post a wanted ad on Craigslist to help you find what you’re looking for, but you will probably get a lot of junk email responses among the real offers.

5. Facebook

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  • Look for local Facebook buy/sell/trade groups for your city or county.
  • You may also find local yard sale groups that list more specifically what will be for sale at upcoming yard and garage sales.
  • If you are a member of a group like this, you can easily post a wanted ad and should be able to find what you’re looking for more easily without running the risk of spam responses like you might get from Craigslist.
  • Facebook groups can be helpful but may take a while to help you find what you want in your next metal lawn chair.


Were you able to find a great place to go shopping for a metal lawn chair or two? Don’t forget that there are always plenty of options out there when you’re looking for something like this, and you can usually find some great deals as long as you’re willing to take some time and go digging around locally as well as online for the lawn chair of your dreams. This is a fun and exciting hobby that more and more people are getting into, and you’re suer to find chairs that you’ll love and want to use for your next big DIY project in no time.

But how can you clean and refinish these chairs? Is it really all that easy to work with them once you find them? Will you be stuck with them looking old and worn out with rusty patches and chipping paint forever?

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Not unless that’s what you want!

It’s very easy to strip and refinish metal lawn chairs. All you need is a sander and some sanding pads, some acetone, and spray cans of Rustoleum or some other type of metal spraypaint and finish.

You will simply need to sand down the paint and any rusty spots using the sander and acetone, clean off the chair with mild soap and water, let it dry, and then spraypaint it as desired! There are many different colors and styles of weatherproof, metal-appropriate spraypaint out there, so take your time and look around your local hardware store to find just what you need to accomplish this task.

In no time, you’re sure to have a chair you’ll want to use again and again and show off to your friends and family, too!



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