Updated December 2019
Hi there! Many of us vintage-y DIYers enjoy decorating (inside and out) with vintage garden collectibles. They are unique among many types of collectibles in that so many are wonderfully functional and continue to be useful for years, sometimes decades and generations.
Galvanized metal objects, well-oiled tools, and good gardening books can serve their purpose for many years, while also contributing to the vintage look we want in our gardens and/or our homes.
Vintage Garden Collectibles
Terracotta planters, big or small, add warmth and texture to our outdoor spaces, especially beautiful pieces like this flower box. The signs of mineral seepage only add to its character, right?
I love decorating with genuinely aged terra cotta pots, complete with these white mineral “stains,” chips, and cracks, so I pick them up for a pittance whenever I come across them. But if you’d like to age some on your own, you’ll find help here: how to age terracotta pots.
It made it no further than my own deck, after I gave it a light scrubbing with a wire brush to remove some of the densest part of the mineral deposit. When I get ready to sell it, I’ll price it at about $20-25.00.
Here’s another great find that remains in my personal possession–a small tabletop green house. Though constructed of plexiglass, it has a great vintage look and would go for about $30-35.00.
Plant stakes made out of anything but plastic remain a popular collectible, and this set made of copper proved that true by selling almost immediately for $18.00.
Vintage Garden Hand Tools
Vintage Garden Gloves
Work gloves, like this leather pair, are useful for garden-themed decorating or for actual use in the garden. (SOLD via Etsy 2015 for $12.00)
This canvas pair with the farmhouse-style star on the wrist have proven very popular; I’ve quite easily sold several pair at $8 each.
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I snatch up every birdhouse I can get my hands on and sell them in the $15-30.00 price range. (SOLD for $18.00 from my antique booth) Use them as table decorations on the deck or attach them to a stake and place them in the garden or your landscaping.
Vintage Garden Books
Many gardeners I know have quite a collection of gardening books in their personal library. I tend to buy them low and price them in the $4-6.00 range. Stack them in your enclosed solarium as a “readable” side table.
This book about Tasha Tudor the children’s book author is a cross-over collectible for both gardeners and Tudor fans. (SOLD for $10.00 from my antique booth 2016)
I often pick up newer garden books as well, for personal reading and to pass onto customers, usually at a fairly low price.
Vintage Garden Watering Cans
Galvanized anything makes a great addition to the garden: watering cans, mop buckets, fish bate buckets, and tubs of all sizes, for example. Watering cans like this one run about $25-35.00 in an antique shop, versus $3-5.00 at a garage sale.
At a garage sale not so long ago, I picked up a similar watering can at a garage sale with succulents growing out of it. I placed it in a landscaped island in my front yard and they come back every year!
Those with interesting shapes, like this child’s green version with the great, swooping handle, are even more desirable. It’s for sale in my antique booth for $22.00 (SOLD).
Vintage-style Garden Statuary
Some concrete statuary in the garden always adds a nice touch. This piece, which I referred to as “David” when I first bought it, has found a new home with my sweet friend Nancy, otherwise, I would have priced him at $40-50.00.
This is my latest concrete find, for sale in my antique booth for 38.00 (SOLD). Pieces like this, whether antique or made to look that way, add real interest to a garden, so long as you don’t overdo it with too many pieces(!).
Vintage Garden Signage
“Garden,” “Flower,” and just about any other garden-related sign also adds charm to the garden or to a kitchen wall. My “Raspberries” sign hasn’t made it out of my garage yet, LOL. I will likely price it at about $35-40.00.
Here’s a peek at a garden display I had in my antique booth last year, complete with books, hand tools, plant markers, and jute.
I could see some of these items decorating a book shelf or how about on a coffee table tray? For relatively little money, either could be put together with ease and provide great satisfaction.
Are you a vintage garden supply fan? What’s your favorite to decorate with?
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