Spring is a time to dream. Thoughts of balmy breezes and slow meanderings through a lush flower garden full of color means rounding up the gardening gear and plant catalogs to map out a plan to make those dreams come true. Since spring also marks the beginning of prime vintage and flea market shopping ahead with a season chock full of outdoor events, it only follows that any rational person would find a way to include some of these favorite found treasures in their planting plans to create the perfect flea market container garden!
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Are you are a full on Flea Market Diva who longs to be totally surrounded by upcycled acquisitions from numerous junking adventures? Or, perhaps, you are more of a Flea Market Enthusiast who finds their style leanings to be eclectic in nature, working vintage and flea market finds in with pieces that bring modern comfort to their homes.
You may even be a Flea Market Fledgling who, while enamored with the sense of adventure that flea market and vintage shopping presents, has yet to find your comfort level in making this style work in your home. What could be better than incorporating a few favorite found vintage treasures into your outdoor decor as a great way to test your flea market wings!
No matter where you fall in the spectrum you are sure to find inspiration from some of my favorite container garden ideas created from flea market treasures! Prepare to be amazed!
Can we all just take a moment to fully admire this old floor lamp base turned flower stanchion? Who wouldn’t love this salvaged treasure standing in a place of honor on a patio or next to the front door!!! Luckily, old floor lamps with interesting detail work are fairly easy to find and many will already have all of the electrical wiring removed. Nestle a simple wire basket lined with moss for planting and you have a spectacular display!
Rusty bed springs as petitie pot holder!!! Bed springs are another item that can typically be found in abundance in flea market shopping situations. Be sure to visit multiple booths to find the size you want at the best price. This would be a great way to use them inside as well as outside. Display several of varying sizes on a tray, or use just one in a farmhouse style vignette. So cute!
This whimsical mop bucket planter is the brain child of Kelly from KellyElko.com. Vintage rolling mop buckets may not be quite as easy to find, but you do see them now and then so be ready to scoop one up when you find it! Adding the second level to the planter by inserting a smaller galvanized farm bucket balances out the bulkier base and allows for flowers to drape down into the planter below. Be sure to visit Kelly to see the other flea market objects that she used for this outdoor space!
How precious is this old chicken feeder turned planter!!! The length of the this piece lends itself to be used as a centerpiece for a coffee table or picnic table on the patio. Just plant with flowers appropriate to the size of the feeder. These violas are the perfect proportion for the scale of this more petite piece. No time to head out to the flea market? Check out this reproduction piece to get the authentic chicken feeder look!
Another piece to stand in awe of! Antique wall sinks are so amazing and come in many different shapes, sizes and finishes. They can be pricey so be sure to have a price range in mind before you head out on your shopping trip! (How To Shop The Flea Market) Also be sure to take into account the weight of some of the heftier styles so that you can plan for securing it to your exterior wall. Let’s face it . . . anything planted in one of these beauties is sure to be a show stopper!
Who doesn’t need a wall of bird cages to host all manner of planting vignettes? I am totally smitten!
Flea markets and vintage sales are a great place to find bird cages of all shapes and sizes! The prices can vary wildly so be prepared to shop multiple booths. However, being a bird cage lover, I am definitely open to paying a bit more if I run onto one of a particularly unique shape or design. The condition of these pieces can also be drastically different. To use them in the manner above, look for cages that are very structurally sound. Don’t forget to check the cage floor to make sure it can support what you plan to put in it. If you are planning to hang the cage, check that the hanging mount will be able to support your plantings. Succulents are a great choice for using in bird cages because they do well in light weight planting medium.
Vintage books! Need I say more? I think not! We all know my affinity towards vintage books!
What a “novel” addition to a screened in porch, covered patio or interior tabletop! Again, succulents are a perfect match for this project since they need very little soil and water. Be sure to hop over to see the full tutorial!
This falls under the category of buy what you love! If you find yourself constantly drawn to certain items, look for ways to retrofit them to your gardening needs allowing your unique personality to shine! An upcycled alarm clock would be the perfect addition to the flea market container garden for clock lovers!
Are you yearning to walk on the wild side? Succulents can be added to almost anything!!! They provide the perfect crowning glory to this cow skull. There is something for everyone at the flea market! This is another category that can get pricey so be prepared to shop around in order to find options that are in your comfort zone. Like the look, but not a fan of having a skull in your garden? Check decorator stores for ceramic reproductions to achieve the same look.
Beach lover? Tuck small plantings into your favorite shells! Estate sales are a great source for large sized shells if you haven’t collected any of your own. What a great way to bring the feeling of sand and sea to your back porch or into the house!
Y’all knew I wouldn’t miss a chance to work in some vintage silver! There are so many options of silver serving pieces readily available when flea market or vintage shopping. An assortment of sizes and shapes will lend themselves to many different types of planting for your container garden. Use large trophy cups or pedestaled bowls for small hydrangea bushes. smaller pieces like the ones above work for everything from petite flowering plants to succulents or mosses as a way to add greenery to your container garden or interior displays.
No matter what level of vintage shopper you are, or whether your style leans toward farmhouse or vintage elegance, there is an amazing array of container garden options waiting for you on your next flea market or junking adventure!
It’s time to think beyond the terra cotta pot!
Hugs ’til next time!
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