New Source for Outdoor Furniture

Left: Yardbird’s Eden Collection has a faux weathered teak finish on an aluminum frame. Right top: The Addie Adirondack chair is made from recycled plastic bottles and milk jugs. Right Bottom: Pillows and cushions are covered in Sunbrella performance fabric to prevent fade and wear and tear from the elements.

When it came time to open a new showroom for Yardbird, a Minneapolis-based outdoor furniture company, owner Jay Dillon looked where his customers were coming from.

“Kansas City topped the list,” he says.

So he opened a showroom in Overland Park. Customers finally got to see the furniture for themselves after stores reopened following COVID-19 orders. Sectionals, dining sets, and fire tables are available in a number of collections, made from wicker sourced from recycled ocean plastic, aluminum and teak.

Dillon founded Yardbird on the premise of cutting out the middleperson, dealing directly with material suppliers to keep costs down.

So far, the top seller among Kansas City-area customers has surprised him.

“Teak,” he says. “Usually that’s more East Coast than Midwest.”

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