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With the travel industry crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more than likely that people will be staying close to home this summer.
Furniture and home goods retailers are reporting huge spikes in sales of outdoor furniture along with pool, grill and gardening items, as consumers look to make their staycations as fun and relaxing as possible.
“People are finding that the more time they spend in their home, the more time they want to have those things that make it more meaningful, more beneficial,” said Ron Hilton, chief sourcing and operations officer for Overstock.com.
The online retailer initially saw an uptick in outdoor furniture in March, but since then, demand has “exploded,” according to Hilton.
While Overstock usually sees increases in outdoor item sales around springtime, the huge spike this year has been driven by the pandemic as people stay home more, Hilton said. He noted that there were noticeable sales boosts around the time when the…