Forget beach bod envy. This summer is all about beach chair envy.
“You can’t discover a beach chair anyplace,” Brooklyn-based mother Dawn Mark instructed The Post. She stated she scoured the Web for 3 days earlier than she lastly scored one — for $90.
“It was actually overpriced, however I had no selection,” stated the 41-year-old, who wished to sunlight herself in her yard whereas watching her 5-year-old play. To add insult to harm, she bought an e-mail days later that the supply was pushed again — to Jan. 5. “What am I going to do with a beach chair in January? It’s laughable.”
Beach chairs are this summer’s scorching seat now that socially distant hangouts — in backyards, on seashores and in parks and even in parking heaps — are the one technique to play. And costs are getting jacked up resulting from demand from determined beachgoers.
“Someone provided me $500 for a beach chair,” stated Butch Yamali, proprietor of Malibu Shore Club in Lido Beach, LI. “I don’t even have any to present! People attempt to take the chairs from the pool space to the beach. They’ll do something.” Plus, as a result of Corona Virus pandemic, having your personal chair is important: The thought of stretching out on a floor touched by another person’s sun-blocked bum is so final 12 months. “No one desires to share anymore,” Yamali stated.
Mark, who additionally hit up her native ironmongery store, Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Costco to no avail, stated she’s witnessed worth gouging for beach chairs: A pal shelled out $180 for a secondhand piece on eBay.
“One website listed a primary plastic beach chair for $300. Last 12 months, these chairs have been 40 bucks,” she stated. “Everything is both out of inventory or ridiculously overpriced.”
Beach chairs aren’t the one white-whale product of the summer. Above-ground swimming pools have been hard to come back by now that persons are hunkered down at house with few choices. The Post just lately reported that retailers can barely sustain with demand now that almost all youngsters’ camps are canceled for security causes and leisure must be out there at house.
“We paid round $300 greater than the really helpful retail worth, as a result of I couldn’t purchase it anyplace else,” stated one Westchester mother, who requested to stay nameless. “We thought it was value it for our 7-year-old twins, who had a blast splashing round in it over Memorial Day weekend.”
With all of the drama round finding the season’s hottest merchandise, Mark has a new technique: Think forward.
“I’m going to order my salt for winter now, simply in case,” she stated.