As the summer draws to a close, I eagerly await opening day of hunting season– outdoor furniture hunting, that is!   We’re beginning to see the first decent sales of the year on outdoor furniture at many popular retailers.  Now, let me preface this post by telling you that prices on outdoor furniture will drop again, right around the beginning of October.  But, at that point, you’ll be shopping in-store clearance and availability may be scarce.  If you have your heart set on purchasing a complete outdoor set, I would recommend purchasing in the next 3-4 weeks.  If you’re looking at single items, like a chair or ottomans, I recommend holding out a bit longer!  Here are a few of the deals on now!

Vasant 5-piece bar height dining set, $149, (reg. $298) at Lowes
This set is constructed on a rust-free aluminum frame.  The online reviews are great–looks like a great set!  Price cut is valid until 9/27/11.

Grafton Charcoal 5 pc Dining Set $358.99, (reg $599) at Home Depot
Wrought Iron frame and mesh table top; orders over $249 ship to your home, for free. Plus, you can get 13% cash back when you shop through ShopAtHome.com!

Splurge: Chesapeake Picnic Table and benches $579.99 (reg $999) at Pottery Barn
This solid eucalyptus set seats up to 8.  Cushions sold separately.

Lisbon Bistro Set $103.00, (reg $299.99) at Patio Furniture USA
This wrought iron set is available in 3 colors and ships for free.

Kids Outdoor Patio Rockers, $61.60, (reg $154.00) at Target.com
These rockers are made of eucalyptus wood, available in 4 colors, assembly required. ShopAtHome.com is offering 13% cash back when you shop through them.  Be sure to sign up for an account and then click through their links!