When you’ve been to an outdoor furniture store, you may have seen the name “Carnival Parks” or the “Riverside Village” stamped on some of the products you’ve seen.
You’ve also seen that the prices of some of these outdoor furniture items are higher than you’d be willing to pay at home.
But what exactly does “carnival parks” mean?
Are these outdoor shops really “crowd-funded”?
Are they “self-funded” businesses?
Or are they just some big-box retail chains selling “cargo furniture” and “lunchboxes” that have no employees and are designed to make you feel like you’ve just spent a long time at a carnival?
These questions and more will be answered in our “Cargo Furniture” column, but first, let’s start by looking at some of our favorite outdoor furniture retailers in the U.S. What is Carnival Parks?
Carnival Parks is a major outdoor furniture retailer in Southern California, which is where we got our first look at Carnival Parks’ line of outdoor furniture.
In addition to outdoor furniture, Carnival Parks also sells food and beverage, and accessories.
You can see some of their products in our favorite brands of outdoor chairs and stools in our article “The Best Outdoor Furniture for Kids.”
What are Carnival Parks “CAMPUS” and what do they do?
Carnival parks, which are sometimes abbreviated as Carnival Parks, are basically retail shops where people who can’t afford the full retail price of outdoor products can pick up a “campus” set of outdoor accessories or outdoor furniture and get them for less than the full cost of the product.
If you buy a set of Carnival Parks furniture for $15, for example, you can get a “Campus” that is $10 cheaper than a “Furniture Set” of the same model that you paid $20 for.
What makes a Carnival Parks product “campuses”?
Carnival Parks makes many of their outdoor furniture products “Campuses.”
These are outdoor furniture pieces that are “camps” in the sense that they have the same functionality as an outdoor chair or stool.
For example, a Carnival Park Outdoor Furnace set might be used for sitting, or a Carnival Beach Chair might be a camping chair that can be used to get a great view of the water or the ocean.
Carnival Parks can be sold at many different locations in Southern and Northern California, but the locations where they are sold vary.
For instance, you might see Carnival Parks in downtown San Diego, but you might not see them in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or any other major city.
What’s the difference between “Camps” and outdoor furniture?
Carnival Park outdoor furniture is usually sold at a “Campus” price and is sold in either black or gray colors.
Carnival Park indoor furniture is sold at the “Fully Furnished” price, and it’s sold in any of the colors that Carnival Parks uses.
For Carnival Parks Outdoor Furnishings, the full price is usually $40 to $70, and there’s usually a minimum order of four “Camping Sets” of furniture.
For indoor furniture, the price varies depending on the size of the set, the type of furniture, and the size and shape of the piece.
Carnival parks outdoor furniture are also available in some colors that don’t look like camping chairs.
In general, though, the outdoor furniture that Carnival parks sells in the United States is not “camped.”
You’ll find the same furniture at Carnival parks indoor furniture stores in other countries like Canada, Australia, and Japan.
Is Carnival Parks a “self” or “catering” business?
Some of Carnival parks furniture is “catered” to “members,” meaning that they pay a monthly fee to rent the furniture.
The furniture, however, is usually “caped” for you, meaning that it comes with a guaranteed return policy, and that you can return the furniture within 30 days.
You might also find that Carnival Park sells its outdoor furniture online or through other retailers.
You could also buy outdoor furniture from “carpet-buying” companies that advertise themselves as “cancelled” businesses, but these companies are generally not accredited with the Better Business Bureau.
When it comes to shopping online, the only place you’ll find indoor furniture from Carnival Parks or its “campus partners” is Amazon, and they have a long list of outdoor and indoor furniture to choose from.
You’ll also find many outdoor furniture stores on Craigslist, but they often charge higher prices for outdoor furniture than they do for indoor furniture.
Carnival has a large catalog of outdoor clothing, but it’s usually only available in a limited number of colors.
For many people, these colors are too expensive and too dark to wear in public, so they wear them as “cement” pieces or “ceiling fans” to keep out the sun.
What are “Campers” and why do they matter? Campers