6.06.2012

Yard Sale Garden

As I hunt and gather for you, I am always on the lookout for vintage treasures and goodness for my gardens. Last weekend, I found the elusive garden potting shed table I have been looking for. While it's still in the operating room, getting some changes and refusing to be seen on camera yet, I thought I would show you other sweet things I have found to use....most for just a few pennies. 

 Hidden inside that mass of purple clematis is the sweetest little wren house. I think I paid 50 cents for it and it was covered in pretty gray-green lichen. Momma bird has a little brood in there so I didn't want to get too close.

As you are out looking, don't pass up the cracked, the broken or the faded and worn.  Sweet pieces like this cracked bunny add so much whimsey and charm to the garden. (If pottery pieces, just don't forget to bring them in for the winter.)

This piece I found just two weeks ago.  Do you know what it is or was?  An old vintage stand up ashtray.  The base was broken off the bottom so I just shoved it down in the dirt. I purchased a cookbook and the lady gave me this piece for free. Will make a dandy holder for bird seed this winter.

An old metal tea cart, now holds bright red happy petunias.  I have my hummingbird feeders hanging near this old piece and am rewarded with a  couple of those amazing zooming tiny creatures.

Don't pass up old garden hangers and hooks at yard and garage sales.  I am always needing a hanger for something or other. Love the rust on this one.  We have also gotten lots of our garden tools at the sales too.

Time marches on and the garden waits for no man.  The previous owner of this pressed board wall clock no longer wanted it.  I did!  Looks fabulous in the garden and the weather has given it a delightful patina. :)

Found this old wooden chicken crate at a farm sale this Spring.  My chickens love this piece outside their Romantic Roost.  They also love to ride that bicycle.  ha!

I was lucky to get this garden sign.  A green nursery was going out of business last Fall and I nabbed it.  I also got one for my booth at the Antique Center.  

Another time, I read where an antiques store/green nursery was going 'out of business'. I was there opening hour and got this darling little wooden folding table, perfect next to my K-Mart metal so Frenchy folding chairs. 

Last summer I hunted and hunted for the perfect old wash stand to use as a beverage container at my son's wedding party.  Found this and fell in love with the black and white double metal basins.  This summer it's my veggie garden.  Yellow squash, zucchini, basil, tomato, cucumber and parsley all squeezed in there. 

 I have a thing for harp motifs and was delighted to find this old rusty three tiered planter.  The old French blue terra cotta pot I bought on my recent trip to Luckett's Market :)


In the old walnut tree, hangs a vintage wooden child's swing, found at a yard sale just up the road. It even still has the old decals on it.  I have had the pleasure of having those tiny precious babies in this swing but now it's a fine place for a sweet basket of impatiens. Maybe some day it will swing another.  :)

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And in the salute to Yard Sale Gardening, ...today I am joining Stephanie of Angelic Accents in her annual tribute to weddings and I can't think of anything sweeter than an old fashioned garden wedding.  How lucky I was to find this piece.  Flowers, bearing their secret messages of love, are traditional and ancient in origin as a garland or bouquet for the bride and groom.  I was so lucky to find this charming vintage nosegay, perfect for a flower girl or maybe even the top of a cake. Nestled in a bed of tulle, worn and weathered ribbon streamers, and paper doilies, the bouquet is a riot of pastel flocked petite flowers. (this sweet old piece is for sale on my website here) Thank you Stephanie for including me in your day. xo
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41 comments :

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Ohhh I love all of your old yard stuff. I'm always telling people not to pass up things like that too! But now I wish I had not thrown out that old clock a few weeks ago. I get so many neat ideas from blogs for so many things in the yard from dishes to clocks! Thanks for sharing~
~betty

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh What Wonderful Finds!!! I (((LOVE))) the clock face! Actually everything YOU bought, I would have loaded into my SUV too,hehe...Isn't thrifting FUN?
I had that metal plant cart Back in the 80s. It sat in my dining room PACKED with African Violets(my PASSION of the time when I had over 600 DIFFERENT ones growing in my house. I can't believe I don't have a SINGLE ONE(at the moment). ALL my gardening is done OUTDOOR these days!
Thank you for sharing all your new treasures.
Have a fun week,
Hugs
Donna

Candy said...

Love ALL your finds, but especially the double tub. And, isn't it great filled with your garden plants. Oh, how I wish I had time to get into my yard and PLAY.
Thanks for sharing. What fun.

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your garden looks beautiful

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, All of your garden decor looks wonderful and I am glad you found a place for your harp planter. Thanks for joining the Open House party and hope to see you next week!
Hugs,
Sherry

Toni said...

You have such a fun, interesting and beautiful garden. So many things to draw the eye. Lovely!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Goodness girl that was a lot of blogging, I love all of your rusty garden pieces, the bike and cute little swing! You are the best picker. I love the nosegay too! Hope all is well I will have to drop you a longer note so we can catch up!

Carol

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Picture after Picture of Pure BEAUTY! Love it all!

XO, Aimee

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- I think this is my favorite post ever here. I love all your sweet garden treasures tucked here and there. You obviously have a wonderful green thumb. Everything looks lush and beautiful. Blessings to you- xo Diana

Shirley said...

What wonderful finds..but my heart belongs to the childs swing..I adore that. So presious..I can see a happy babies smile and giggles as one is pushed with love..for now..yes, the flowers look great, but it will be awesome to see a baby there..hugs...

chateau chic said...

You have so many fun vintage items in your yard. Love that iron ash tray you got for free.
Mary Alice

Betty Stapleton said...

Love all your garden items, we have an auction company and I get to pick up items all the time through the years too. I can really relate to what you have and what you have done with it all. Love it. thank you for sharing...

Ruth said...

Your garden is beautiful!! I can't believe that vintage standing ashtray and the fact that you got it for free.

M.Kate said...

I would love to attend a yard sale. Over here, its UNHEARD of, we dont have yard sale and these people will rather be caught dead than having one...thinking that one has gone bust for having a yard sale. I know thats not the reason for having one, but over here...its just unheard of. Though, I wish they have plenty of them, it would be so cool to be able to buy beautiful stuff at such an interesting price. Happy weekend soon. missing you :)

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

I love all your garden spaces! Everything looks so inviting and would love to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee on your little Kmart chairs. Great stuff!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I love all the whimsy in your garden! So very beautiful - the repurposed ashtray is gorgeous! So happy you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Lynn. I so love all of your garden pretties. I think my favorite is the old ashtray stand.

Stephanie is going to be our featured blog this weekend. I love her, too.♥

Jody and Stan said...

You're garden is gorgeous! So many wonderful things to look at and all your beautiful flowers. Love It!


Jody

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Really amazing finds... lucky you :)
Ciao,
Mary

Jennifer Watkins-Jones said...

I love all of you cottagey accents for your gardens. I have got to find time to get up and go thrift shopping and soon! All of your flowers look so lush and pretty! It has been the prettiest spring I can remember in a long time!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, you find some neat stuff for your garden, Lynn! Love the old cart with your petunias. I never would have guessed ashtray, but it will definitely make a great bird feeder now.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lynn,
You are one lucky gal with all these thrifty finds...I think my fav is that "cool" sign!! Hop over and share with us at my NTT party.

Blessings,
Linda

Liz - Imageremix said...

Lynn, Seriously, I'm sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out how you can find so much fabulous stuff and then make it all fit so perfectly in your garden. Gorgeous, enchanting and charming. I'm loving it all. The swing with the flowers in it was the final straw. I could use your magic touch at my place.
Liz

Marianne C. said...

Lynn, I just love garden scenes. Yours is a real delight. Gardens are the place to seriously relax and rejuvenate.

Oh, the little vintage nosegay is wonderful. I remember having little flowers like that for my hair when I was a child. They are not easy to come by these days.

Blessings for the day,
Marianne

The French Hutch said...

Oh Lynn, your garden vignettes are glorious. The purple clematis makes a knock out photo. The two photos at the end of your post gave me goose bumps, just so lovely. Beautiful pics.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Linda M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday Lynn, You are a great finder of things! I love all your garden finds. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So much cool garden stuff! I would LOVE to find a garden sign like that! I would have to say that finding vintage garden things are one of my favorite things to hunt for. I love using them inside as much as out. Have a super weekend!

jennspeacornpopnuts.com said...

Hey there. I was scrolling and reading and wondering where the wedding stuff was. Found the basins and the flowers -precious flowers and nicely photographed. Great gardening photos ...I didn't find the bird house :(

Anyway - I'm posting w/Stephanie today too! Having fun, how about you?

Grace said...

What pretty garden flower displays. You have a very Pink Green thumb! lol Happy Pink Saturday Grace xoox

RobinfromCA said...

I just love all of your clever garden ideas! My garden has been put on hold during my "broken foot incident" but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I can't wait to get some flowers in and some creative juices flowing. Thanks for the inspiration!!
Have a great weekend,
Robin

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a magical oasis you've created with your sweet romantic finds!
I love it all!
Hugs,
Patti

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

My PINK, have a nice weekend.

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

the nosegay is so sweet! I enjoyed your pictures!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Lynn, thanks so very much for linking up to the Wedding Party! I adore your sweet little nosegay. Don't you always wonder where it lived many years ago, who carried or played with it, what it decorated?!? Love it, thanks for sharing.

Now, as for all your lovely garden accessorizing, girl, you have got it going on! I love all of it, but especially the FREE iron ashtray stand!! You were in the right place at the right time. The clock face and chicken coop are tugging at my heartstrings, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

That is a much better use for the ash tray and I can't believe how much you've got growing in that wash tub. I am really on the lookout for new garden ideas and I am so inspired by your post. Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

Cat & Cricket said...

HPS!
love all your garden treasures!
Love that ashtray!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Smiles~
Cricket @ gypsea nurse

Babs said...

Lynn, Your garden pieces are wonderful and I'm getting so many great ideas! I'm re-doing my potting bench and looking for vintage things to use. Can't wait to see yours when it's ready. Have a great weekend,
Babs

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Thanks Lynn...
Pesto.... a couple of garlic cloves per cup of basil, nuts, ( about 2 tbl per cup of basil, ) I like to use pine nuts (classic) or walnuts, or almonds. always toasted first, parmigiano reggiano about 1/4 cup , extra virgin olive oil to cover. I do this in a food processor by pulsing, first garlic, then nuts, then basil, then cheese, then oil. Put in a jar and cover with olive oil to keep it nice and green . keep in fridge. Great on pasta , or chicken or on a panino. Buon Appetito.
Ciao,
Mary

Sue McPeak said...

I'm so envious Lynn of all your beautiful plants and garden pieces. No plants except for cactus for me this year...already soooo hot in Texas. Super photos throughout this post. Enjoyed it all so much. Happy Pink Saturday!!!!

Victoria said...

Wow, that was some beautiful eye candy! Gorgeous plants! Popping in from Stephanie's wedding party:)

Ann said...

Visiting from the Wedding Blog Party, I simple adore that vintage bouquet. The flowers are fabulous. What a sweet bouquet.
Ann

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