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My Thrift Store Vintage Finds for the Garden

Do you love shopping at the thrift store for vintage finds? Me too. Wait until you see my thrift store vintage finds for the garden.

As I’ve mentioned before, northwest New Jersey is not the easiest place to go thrifting.

Stores have limited hours and there isn’t much close by where I live. So I make do with what’s around.

Since I’ve been planting the gardens daily, I’ve only gone shopping a few times.

And each time I’ve gone, I’m on a specific mission.

I’m looking for cottage-style items I can use either in my garden or decorate my home.

Wait until you see the cool things I found thrifting with the gals this month!

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If you are coming from Laura’s at Vinyetetc, welcome! I love her cool vintage style. She finds some great stuff!

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My Thrift Store Vintage Finds for the Garden

Because I’m spending SO MUCH TIME in the garden these days, I’m looking for thrifty vintage pieces I can use in my gardens.

Whether I find them at the thrift store or at one of my favorite vintage shops, my garden needs some decor to add to the cottage garden charm.

The Bicycle I Should Have Bought

I found this cool bike a few weeks ago at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. And I really wish I bought it when I saw it because it was gone when I went back for it the next day.

Does that happen to you too?

I’ve started to overthink it in the moment so I talked myself out of it. But I should have just gotten it. Ugh. Cause it was gone when I went back a few days later.

Add a cute wicker basket and pot it up with some flowers and it would have made a great accent to my cottage garden.

Ah well – next time!

Vintage green bicycle found at thrift storeThrifting Near Me with Friends

A Pretty Vintage Garden Print for the Mudroom

While I was shopping in my favorite local vintage store, I found this GORGEOUS print on reclaimed wood. It’s not really for my garden, but with all those pretty flowers, I had to have it for my home.

I wasn’t sure where it was going when I bought it, but isn’t it something? Those blooms get me every time I look at it.

For now, I hung it in the mudroom so I would pass by it every day on my way out to the garden.

In addition to this amazing print, I found a vintage soil sifter. Have you seen one before?

I thought it was so cool so I hung it on the wall and topped it off with this cute basket and faux greens.

Flower Art in salvaged wood frame close up -My Thrift Store Vintage Finds For the garden
Mudroom with lockers and cubbies with wicker baskets, area rug and vintage soil sifter with plant

An Vintage Urn

While out thrifting this month, I also found this cool container for $5. It didn’t look very pretty before, so I spray painted it with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

I may or may not plant it because I kind of like how it looks as it is for the moment. So for now, I’m going to let it sit there until I decide what I want to do with it.

Since the garden is just starting to leaf out and bloom, it takes me some time to figure out where to put things. But so far, I’m liking it here next to my climbing roses.

Now I just need to get some annuals to plant around it.

Vintage urn that was repurposed for the garden -my thrift store vintage finds

Vintage Potting Bench

But my favorite find this month?

This amazing vintage potting bench. Isn’t it so pretty?

It will make a great plant stand for my houseplants or would look amazing in one of the gardens to add more detail and create some height.

When I saw it, I was thinking I could drop it in one of my borders and add some terracotta planters or something on it.

But, I could even use it on the deck as a bar cart or small table? For now, I’ve been using it to pot up some of my annuals when I get home from the nursery.

When I’m done planting annuals, I’ll find a final resting place for it.

What do you think I should use it for?

Thrifted vintage dining cart used as potting bench with spring flowers and copper window box that is ready to be planted - Window Box Planting

Bargain Finds in Vermont

When we head to Vermont, I love dropping by this awesome antique vintage flea market every weekend.

I usually find lots of old vintage salvage items that accentuate my gardens. Like old jugs and milk cans to tuck in among the plants and flowers.

I found these beautiful jugs at one of the vendors but didn’t buy them because they were a little more than I cared to spend.

Vintage decor found at the flea market -Thrifting near me

But I also found this old rusty milk can that I thought would be a fun rusty accent in the borders.

It’s moved around a few times, but I love it in my backyard garden among the greens.

As a side note, it’s important to add some drainage holes so it does not accumulate water inside.

Vintage milk can in backyard garden

I’ve considered planting the top too.

As we thrift around, I’m hoping to find cool rusty things like these wrought iron gates and settee.

Wouldn’t they look great in my cottage gardens?

Hopefully, I’ll find some cool stuff when we head up there.

Next up is my good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells. I love to see how she uses her vintage finds in the garden too!

Now Let’s See What the Gals Found This Month

If you’ve been following along our thrifting adventure, my friends and I from all over the country shop for thrift store vintage finds.

Some of us live in areas that have a lot more thrifting opportunities than others, so it’s pretty cool to see what the options are and how different it is across the nation.

Be sure to stop by and see what they found!

Kim from Shiplap and Shells

Cottage style living room on the coast of the Pacific northwest

Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse

Vintage farmhouse bedroom idea with quilt and diy throw pillows

Ann from Dabbling and Decorating

Vintage toolbox centerpiece with cobalt blue glassware in outdoor living space

Kristin from White Arrows Home

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Laurie from Vintyetetc

Want to See More Thrift Store Finds?

I’ve been sharing lots of cool items I found for our new home and garden.

Come thrift with me!

Close up of thrift flip idea planted with scaevola on front porch with different varietes of coleus in terra cotta pots, a white porch swing and outdoor area rug

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  2. Hi Stacy: I’m loving your gardens they are magnificent! Your new potting bench is actually a bar that I also had. Purchased in the 70’s, it is made by Woodard. The front rack holds bottles. I used it of course on the deck but it also found a home in my kitchen for a time and then made a perfect changing table with a cushion for my granddaughter. Unfortunately it is one of the pieces I let go of when we changed the furniture on the deck. Kicking myself but it was sure fun to see again. Enjoy it. Please stop over to my blog, I think you might enjoy it.

    1. Hi Shelley! That is so cool! If it had wheels I’d call it a garden cart. It makes the perfect potting bench. xo

  3. Stacy, I love that sifter you found, and you styled it beautifully. The containers and that table are all so wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much Ann! I can’t wait to see the gardens fill in and bloom to see how it all comes together. xo

  4. Hi Stacy! I LOVE your garden so much and the vintage goodies you’ve thrifted are perfection, that potting bench! Ugh, gorgeous! Thanks so much for letting me tag around with you all on these thrifty adventures, I had a blast! xo

    1. Laurie thank you SO much! I can’t wait to see them bloom! I’m so glad you joined us this month! I hope you join us again! xoxo

  5. This was so much fun to read Stacy! I love the iron trellises you found. I always love getting those and always find a spot in my garden for them. I hope you find the perfect vintage bike and basket!

    1. Thanks so much Kim! I wish we lived on the same coast so we could hunt for all things garden together in person! xo

  6. I love seeing your finds and how you use them! That sifter is so perfect the way you used it and I love that floral print!!

  7. I love seeing your treasures! That sifter is so beautiful and I love how you used it! I love that botanical print too!

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  9. for that $5 container my first thought other than its gorgeous is fillet with water and put a solar fountain in it! If its big enough them maybe some water plants , lily pads or something

  10. The type of stuff you find in thrift shops are only found in antique shops here in the UK, costing an arm and leg. More down to earth stuff please.

    1. Down to earth? I live in NJ where the pickins for thrift stores aren’t the best. I find better “down to earth” deals in Vermont. So you are preaching to the choir.

  11. Oh my Stars…..love love all your ideas. We have the same sense of style. I love repurposing and reusing them says, and bringing new life to those items. You are an inspiration to me right now I’m going through a hard time of the loss of my mother and trying to put my life back together again I’m using a lot of her items that she had in her home and I am adding them to my home now. Again, thank you for your inspiration and style.
    Yours truly Nancy from Maine