My mother-in-law taught me all I ever needed to know about beach chairs. My parents were never big beach goers so I had to rely on her. All her years in a Rockaway bungalow made her an expert.
First thing is never buy a beach chair without screws. This way, when the web breaks, it can be easily replaced. Next, she taught me how to replace the webbing. She showed me how the webbing from a broken chair can be recycled to one with a good frame. She taught me how to prowl the beach blocks looking for discarded chairs that could be used. She never worried about matching colors.
My mother-in-law would be so proud of me. It is not easy to find webbing anymore, but I found this other stuff that works almost as well. My chair has strips of 5 different colors, only a few of which are ripping at the moment.
My kids hate this chair. They called me trailer trash for using it, long before I was called trailer trash because of my classroom. They've offered to replace it many times. My husband even bought me a new one that I have yet to use.
My frugal upbringing will never leave me and I will never get rid of my chair. This is our 28th summer together.