That is something my Italian grandmother used to always say. I heard it so many times it is a continual thought in my mind. About 6 years ago a friend of ours was getting rid of his wicker furniture for a new set. It was heavy duty and solid. However it was badly faded. Grandma’s words echoed through my head and I spoke up “if you decide to get rid of it, let us know”. We got it a few days later.
I bought a spray paint for wicker furniture ($4.99 USD) that was very close in color to the original. We then spray painted each piece and picked up some cushions from a great store by us (Pier One). We have used it on our deck for the past 6 years. I have touched it up every year and it’s perfect. Waste not Want not!!