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.
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!
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!
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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
Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse
Ann from Dabbling and Decorating
Kristin from White Arrows Home
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!
- 9 Garden Treasures You Should Never Leave Behind at the Thrift Store
- 7 Fun Finds from the Thrift Store Near Me
- Prettiest Thrift Flip Idea for the Front Porch
- How to Decorate on a Budget with Thrift Store Finds
- How to Plant a Fall Garden in a Flea Market Find
- Thrift Unique Decorating Ideas
- My Thrift Store Vintage Finds for the Garden
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