How To Use Flea Market Favorites To Create Container Garden Magic!

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!


Your favorite vintage finds become magical flea market container garden pieces with a bit of ingenuity and a touch of DIY! The possibilities are endless!

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How To Shop For Vintage Like A Pro!

It’s happened to all of us. You are out and about doing a little recreational vintage shopping and spy an object that stops you in mid meander. We’re not talking a fleeting glance or passing fancy here! But, rather,  a subtle gasp accompanied by an immediate flip flop of the heart while your brain simultaneously starts racing with all the reasons that this is the perfect object to satisfy every life issue that you have ever faced! Okay, maybe not every issue, but you know with all your being that it is a VERY special find!

You turn over the price tag and the age old internal debate begins. Is it really worth the asking price? Could you do better? Is it in the budget? Those pesky questions that are the rational side of your brain endeavoring to recapture your attention in order to bring you back to an emotional state that will enable you to make a wise purchasing decision. It is the eternal dilemma for every flea market and vintage aficionado!

My most recent brush with this dilemma happened when I came upon this pretty little girl while wandering through an antique mall a couple of months before Christmas. My heart did that little flip flop, my breath caught a bit and that’s when it happened–I fell just a little in love with her!


Vintage shopping is far from an exact science! Arming yourself with a few basic guidelines will turn you into a seasoned pro at the vintage shopping game!

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Collecting and Displaying Vintage Finds

Collecting pieces that speak to your heart provides the opportunity for your home to be totally unique. Let’s face it though, collections can quickly get out of hand, becoming cumbersome to manage while ultimately overpowering a space.

My major collecting vices are vintage silver and ironstone. I also have a substantial Father Christmas collection. The question becomes how much is enough, and when does one move beyond being a collector and tip over into the realm of hoarder? Here are the tricks I use to keep my collecting in check.


Collections add personality to a home, but can also become overpowering. Here are some basic strategies to use to keep displaying your collecting in check.

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Reader’s Favorite Home And Garden Posts–2016

Are you ready for new adventures in 2017? I’m right there with you in spirit! However, with the end of the year flu that hit our household last week I’m struggling to feel quite my adventurous self physically speaking. So while I work on disinfecting our domain and making the switch to winter decor, take a few minutes and peruse through the final wrap up of 2016.  Last week I revealed your favorite DIY projects of the past year.  Today I am putting the spotlight on your top 5 overall favorite posts of 2016 for the home and garden!


Wrapping up the overall reader's favorite Designing Wilder posts of 2016 featuring both home and garden ideas, tips and a few flea market shopping tricks!

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