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Patio furniture, plants on sale in April

What's on sale in April?
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In April, you can find deals on outdoor furniture, clay pots and some blooming plants.

You might not get the best prices on outdoor living goods in April, but that doesn't mean you can't find a discount.

If you're in the market for some patio furniture, you can find markdowns of 20 percent to 30 percent in April, says Daniel Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation.

In April, many garden centers run specials on terra cotta pots -- a favorite for container gardening, says P. Allen Smith, author of "Living in the Garden Home" and host of "P. Allen Smith Gardens." While the discounts aren't as big as you'd score in October (as much as 80 percent off), you can get deals of up to 20 percent off, he says.

Nurseries and garden centers will also run superlow prices on select items in April, hoping that you'll buy other things once you're in the store. So look for loss-leader prices on things such as hanging baskets of blooming plants and flats of perennials, Smith says.


 

 

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