It's Memorial Day and time to rock out! Saw this white rocking chair on a porch near the beach we were visiting, and, seeing a "for lease" sign, figured I would go up to the deck and take a beautiful picture! Of course, when I got close to the chair, I could see it's a cheap one - a bit rickety, put together by visible hardware (which is already degrading in the seabreeze and humidity), and already rotting in the joints as almost all rockers do. You have to get a rocker made of a weatherproof wood if you're going to leave a rocker outside! I didn't sit in this one - after all, I wasn't invited to the house anyway! - but I could tell what it would feel like - stiff and cheap - and didn't really want to. So basically what you have here is a rocker that makes for a beautiful, peaceful scene, but not what you would want to invest in if you are going to live with it. And hey, if you put your house on the market, you should consider high quality, not low quality porch furniture - otherwise discerning buyers will assume your house is cheap too!
Several people posted comments to my blog post about the low quality of Cracker Barrel rocking chairs. One lady said she wished that she had read my blog before buying the chairs, another said "I agree 100%!". A third reader asked if I can recommend another chair. Well, my favorite high quality rocking chair so far (I'm still looking as always!) is the Independence Rocker, which is the photograph I used in the masthead of this site (click on the name for a link to the chair itself on the Decor Americana site). I also appreciate the fact that they have volume pricing, so that if you buy two chairs, you pay a lower price per chair, and for four chairs, a lower price still. And yes, they cost more than Cracker Barrel! But I imagine that's because they are actually weatherproof and well built, which is my whole complaint about the Cracker Barrel ones, which just don't hold up, and frankly are not comfortable compared with many other rockers. I took some pictures of the incredibly flat seats and backs of Cracker Barrel rockers, and I will post those when I find them. Any rocker is comfortable, but the difference between "any rocking chair" and truly great one IS A PLEASURE!!
Holden loves rocking chairs and loves writing about them almost as much.