Topic: Have a seat: Patio furniture shortage tells US economic

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Have a seat: Patio furniture shortage tells US economic



In this July 6, 2021, photo John Hessler, 62, the patio section manager at Valley View Farms in ****eysville, Md., poses for The Associated Press in his showroom. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)



People used to go to Valley View Farms to buy five tomato plants and end up with $5,000 in patio furniture.


This year is different. After a pg slot auto record burst of sales in March, the showroom floor is almost empty of outdoor chairs, tables and chaises for people to buy.


The garden supply store in suburban Baltimore has been waiting six months for a shipping container from Vietnam full of $100,000 worth of wicker and aluminum furniture. Half of the container has already been sold by showing customers photographs. The container should have arrived in February, but it reached U.S. waters on June 3 and has just docked in Long Beach, California.


“Everyone is just so far behind,” said John Hessler, 62, the patio section manager. “I've never seen anything like it.”


The Biden economy faces the unusual challenge of possibly being too strong for its own good.


There is the paradox of the fastest growth in generations at more than 6% yet also persistent delays for anyone trying to buy furniture, autos and a wide mix of other goods. It’s almost the mirror opposite of the recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009, which was marred by slow growth but also the near-instant delivery of almost every imaginable product.

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