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Turn flea market finds into a galvanized garden

Watering cans and galvanized milk cans can be transformed from trash into vintage flea market treasures.
  • Rusty or Rustic: it's in the eye of the artist.

    Finding vintage treasures at flea-markets can be fun and exciting, but how do you turn that excitement into a vision for a final garden centerpiece? Follow along on a Saturday adventure and see what we found and how we turned it into a galvanized container garden in a little shady spot by the house.

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Flea markets and vintage fairs

    It's not hard to find antique shows, flea markets, vintage fairs, or garage sales popping up all over in town or around the countryside these days. Scope out the events you want to attend and make plans to attend with a good friend or family member.  You may need help carrying all the good stuff you find!

    We found a unique shady spot to browse in Waukee, Iowa, called "The Rustique Ranch Flea & Vintage Marketplace."

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Finding what's hot

    There are many items that folks consider collectible: Watering cans are hot and you'll find them in a multitude of sizes and shapes. Whether painted or not, they'll add a bit of charm to any garden display.

    From antique to just slightly vintage, galvanized cans can be still be useful as watering vessels. If they are past their prime and won't hold water, turn the top into a container to hold a pretty plant. 

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Be open to inspiration

    I saw this chicken feeder turned container garden and my mind started spinning. Even though this feeder didn't make it into my purchases, it gave me inspiration for the rest of the day.

    Follow this vendor, Caryville Country, on Facebook for more ideas!

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Shopping around

    The market that day had many stands with similar items, but one in particular had so much more merchandise. Asking about the origin and history of the items gives them authenticity. Almost all of these milk cans came from a barn in southern Iowa. 

    Shopping and collecting come naturally to my partner in crime, pictured here. She has a great eye for knowing what to walk away from. I don't seem to have the same power over her though ... interesting. 

    Follow this vendor, Old Market Primitives, on Facebook.

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Know your limits

    I really liked this wash stand and thought it would go perfectly with my fabulous finds. Alas, it wouldn't "fit" in the car, so it didn't come to my house. If you are looking for a larger items, make sure you bring a truck and take measurements beforehand of where you are wanting to place things.  

    Other things to keep in mind while browsing: Bartering is OK. Haggle a bit and you may be surprised that you'll pay what you offer.  

    Wear comfortable shoes whether on rough terrain or sidewalks. Dress in layers if you need to and apply sunscreen!

    www.facebook.com/CaryvilleCountry 

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Little red wagon

    The wheels are shot, paint is gone, handle is bent, so what good it this rusty wagon to anyone? It's going to be a great addition to my little project garden; a shady area by the house beneath the maple trees where the sun just doesn't ever shine.  

    Other "toy" items to watch for: tricyles, bikes or baby cariages could all be great focal points for a garden area.  

    www.facebook.com/Oldmarketprimitives

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Have containers... add dirt

    These once-forgotten items found their way to a flea market, and now have a new life as container gardens alongside of the house. My idea came together very nicely and the array of flowers adds a nice pop of color to the area.

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014
  • Galvanized garden

    Galvanize. verb - to cover (steel or iron) with a layer of zinc to prevent it from rusting.  

    These handy tubs, pails, buckets, bins, watering cans, and rusty milk cans are what to watch for around the markets, shops, and fairs in your neck of the woods. You can easily turn someone else's trash into a beautiful garden treasure you'll be proud to display.

    Date Published: June 5, 2014
    Date Updated: June 9, 2014

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