I bought a pair of wooden folding chairs for $6.90 each at the local thrift store. They are both in great condition. I wanted something I could put outside at Pennsic and not cry if it got damaged. Pennsic is known for many things - including sudden downpours and flooding. I'm not leaving my super expensive, period correct, Savonarola chairs outside without extreme supervision. However, I do want to leave something out for guests that is comfortable. Normally, my encampment had four or five Viking chairs out. Since it's just me for the main encampment (there is a branch of our group camping right next door), I thought a bench might be nice. However, when I saw the folding chairs, I realized that might be a better idea.
Now, the folding chairs are comfortable but I thought some cushions might be nice. I bought a 4 pack of very plain beige chair cushions from Wally World (ie, Walmart) for about $8 USD. At home, I had some left over fabric from my SIL's Renaissance Fair gown I made her a couple of years ago. It's a simple floral damask that isn't period but the color looks really nice and the pattern isn't discernible right away. So, I doubled the cushions and made slip covers for them out of the mint green damask.
Oh. And I added pink tassles. Because, although this isn't period correct, all medieval cushions appear to have tassles. Therefore, since this is for a medieval event, I needed to add tassles to make it look more medieval ish.
Now back to more Pennsic prep....