Vintage Gardening

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Recently I visited the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle and was blown away by all the vendors with new and old garden equipment.

Vintage flower arranging "frogs"
Vintage flower arranging “frogs”

So many vendors, that I spent two days wandering the aisles trying to take it all in. My favorite part though was the “vintage gardening” section.

Vintage items creating a new bird house
Vintage items creating a new bird house

And if you are confused between the designation “vintage” and “antique” like I was, because I just think of these items as being “old”, then wonder no longer. Vintage defines items as at least 50 years old but no older than 100. Antique is older than 100 years old.

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 I had no idea that gardening items were a hot ticket when they became over 50 years old. I think I have lots of these relics sitting on my shelves at home and I still use them!

An old fire truck toy used as a cooler for drinks
An old fire truck toy used as a cooler for drinks

Flower “frogs” are made of lead, pottery, glass, or bronze and sit at the bottom of a bowl or a vase to hold even the trickiest flower arrangements firmly in place. These can often be found at yard sales, garage sales, or flea markets for a song. But they are gaining popularity as a “collectable”.

Collectable "frogs" are sought after and can be made of wire, metal, or plastic
Collectable “frogs” are sought after and can be made of wire, metal, glass, or plastic
A "vintage" sink becomes a potting bench
A “vintage” sink becomes a potting bench

Also old items can be repurposed into “vintage” gardening stuff. Such as the sink above made into a potting bench or old items made into a new bird house.

Potting bench made out of vintage items
Potting bench made out of vintage items
Bird house made out of vintage items
Bird house made out of vintage items
Old gardening tools
Old gardening tools

I found this fascinating web site of old and antique gardening tools that is a reference for looking up old tools at http://www.oldgardentools.co.uk. If you want to see some really old gardening tools or clothing, check this web site out.

An old trailer that displays vintage gardening equipment at the Northwest Flower and Gardening Show
An old trailer that displays vintage gardening equipment at the Northwest Flower and Gardening Show

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Old watering cans used as decorations
Old watering cans used as decorations

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