It is time to get serious about ordering chairs for Tent Revival season. Our first revival of the year starts 11 weeks from yesterday in Citronelle, Alabama. That will slip up on me quick. The chairs I used last year belong to Bro. Whiffen so they were returned with the tent. They were light weight and folded very small which is very important with hauling everything around the country. The one drawback to them was their 220 lb. weight capacity.
I have found the same light weight chair in an 800 lb. capacity for around $10 including shipping. That comes to a shade over $2000 for 200 chairs. I know that is a bunch of money but we have to have them unless we expect everybody to stand up! This is the best deal any where online and the company is great to work with. They will even ship to a home or church without a loading dock. THAT is a big help. Most more expensive places would only ship that many chairs to a loading dock.
We do have a decision to make before we order them. The decision should really be black or white. In fact it does come down to black or white. Do we order black chairs or white chairs? There are some pros and cons of each.
These chairs are going to be handled dozens times in the first year. They will be leaned against poles, stacked on the ground, carried 6-8 at a time and will travel several thousand miles strapped in the trailer. They will be used outside in all kinds of weather and endure some rough treatment. White or black these chairs are going to get scratched, dirty and stained.
The one white chair we ordered as a sample was scratched with light use in the bus in just a few days. We are sure these will show wear and tear much more quickly. 200 white chairs will look nice and neat under our new white and blue tent. In the heat of the day I believe the white chairs will absorb less sun and be cooler to sit in.
The black chairs would probably hide stains and scratches better and would be easier to touch up with a marker. 200 black chairs will still look nice and will probably hide scratches better but will they be hotter in the sun?
What do you think? Which chairs would you recommend we buy and for what reason if any? I will tell you that there is a consensus of opinion in my house and among others that we have asked but I am the lone dissenter. Everybody we have asked agrees together but I still lean toward the other color. I won't tell you which until I hear from some of you.... It doesn't really matter to me I just want to spend $2000 wisely.
Speaking of $2000... These need to be ordered shortly after February 1st. I mentioned earlier (In Odie's Newsletter I think) that we had some money toward the purchase of these but not all of it. God has proven faithful in this whole venture so I am confident when the time comes there will be money to pay for it. God provided the money for every Tent Revival last year. He provided the money for the new tent and plenty of places to put it up. I believe God will provide this as well.
Here are pictures of each chair and links to see more pictures and information... Let us know what you think, please....