|He still looks happy.|
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that my big purchase when I sold my first novel was the Cedar Summit Play Set from Costco. I wrote a review about our experiences putting it up. and it’s consistently my most frequently visited post. Really, I think my blog traffic would be cut in half if I deleted that post.
(I’m not even kidding.)
Because I’m a mom, and because I do think people should do their research before buying something like this, I wanted to do a “one year later” post so people would know how well it held up.
The swingset looks almost as good as it did when it was brand new. We had two hurricanes last year (in addition to unusually heavy rainfall), and there’s minimal fading of the cedar color. Even the steps to the clubhouse, which get a lot of use, are barely faded. The slide is still bright yellow, and there’s no fading that I can see. The swings, chains, and hardware all look great. There’s not a single spot of rust that I can see. There’s a slight creaking noise when my son (55 lbs) swings hard, but the set doesn’t rock or sway at all. It’s very sturdy. None of the bolts seem loose or weak.
All in all, I think it was a great purchase. Considering the Rainbow play systems were about five times as expensive, I think we definitely got our money’s worth.
(Oh, and as you may recall, I was pregnant back then. This is what the baby looks like now. I think we got our money’s worth with him, too.)