Vintage Vibe  ~

It’s day two, for me…at the 2013 NW Flower & Garden Show’s

Silver Screen blockbuster and I’m going

shopping!  Somewhere beyond ‘OZ’ and the river that runs through it…

in the far back corner… 

a dozen or so, rusty & ‘chippy’   little booths are

causing quite a 

commotion. Everyone it seems, is talking…about

 the first ever Vintage Market, at the

garden show, where time worn  is the norm and

re-purpose is the new  normal.


Just so ya know, I love me  some Vintage!

I put on my reporter’s hat and with I-phone rolling, I

struck up some inspired vintage conversation with the

ladies of Snohomish.

Tamara, (in the middle)  from the The Vintage Nest  and Debi from Garden Party  were 

gracious enough to take me inside their worn world  and pose for a pic.

Thank you girls!

Tamara calls herself,  a ‘Vintage Pirate’…going on treasure

hunts several times a year. She believes vintage, is

 the ultimate in going green!

Debi meanwhile, says vintage pieces bring soul  into your surroundings and that

the possibilities for working them into the garden are endless. Couldn’t

agree more!


Kimberly, of Faded Elegance digs  that

each pieces is unique, loaded with 

history and unabashedly admits, she is in love with



I asked the ladies, if they might share some tips  on giving your

garden that vintage vibe.

 First, inspired garden containers!!!

~ Try rusty wagons brimming with plants & moss

~ Suitcases! Cut a hole in the top,

pop in a waterproof container & plant!

~ Use old plates to edge  the garden

~ Flank a garden window with vintage shutters

~ Turn old pickets into lovely supports…for your roses

~ Use anything galvanized…

rusty or chippy!

Love this entertaining idea…

~  Vintage industrial carts, re-purposed into an outdoor bar!

(So going there!)

~ Bring vintage chandeliers outdoors

~  Tucking anything under glass…especially in the old gardoon!

And here’s the thing…re-purposing worn old pieces,


using them in new  ways…gives your garden a one of a kind, soulful,

Vintage Flair. No wonder everyone is talking…

So go ahead, add a little vintage vibe  to your garden…

think outside…

the suitcase!