Friday, May 14, 2010

Washday!



Deep in the throes of winter one day, I made a trip "to town" and stopped in at the local antique mall. I went in looking for a vintage postcard for a friend with a Valentine's Day birthday and I found what I was looking for: cute as a button and cheaper than a new card at Hallmark! I love that! She loved her little card, too--which makes me happy. I had wrapped some vintage linens for her so the card just made it all seem right somehow.





While walking through the maze-like aisles on my way out, what did I see? Oh...it was something I've been on the lookout for...for a long, long, time!







Double washtubs! In white! In great shape! Just the right size and just the right price...in fact, I couldn't even believe they were priced under thirty dollars! Now folks, I go to lots of garage sales and haven't seen one of these in the last five years at all.







It just so happened, I was driving the pickup, and it amazed me how lightweight they were, I didn't even need help getting them out and loaded.


Now they have a happy home, and these geraniums look just perfect, just like I had imagined it in my mind all this time I've wanted a set.


Oh, and that cute-as-pie sign there? It's done by Dee of Farmhouse Country Style...you can find her little mercantile here.


When it gets old as a porch decoration, it's coming inside and I'll have some plywood or a piece of barnwood cut to fit the top and it can be a table (with storage inside those tubs!).

I love the versatility and usefulness of vintage objects....they were made to last and that fact makes it possible to use them well past necessity and into just being plain fun!


The bonus? MADE IN THE USA!





12 comments:

Patty said...

So excited for you!! I love to come across good finds! I call them delights. :) Your flowers look beautiful in them!!

PBKISSES said...

Your home is lovely. My Grandma's house is that same classic farmhouse style and has a special place in my heart. Your washtub is darling. I LOVE red geraniums!

Shirley said...

I LOVE the wash tubs as a planter!! That looks so good and the way you displayed everything with it. I think you made a really good buy!!!! I need a pickup truck!! It's hard hauling in a Honda!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

Love your precious washtub! Precious idea, Love it!

Donna said...

That is an adorable porch accessory! I've never seen one around here!

Mary of Front-Porch-Ideas-and-More.com said...

Joni, I love how you come up with such fun creative ideas. You're just amazin'.

Mandy in Mayberry said...

I love it! Geraniums are my favorite so that makes it even better!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Love the washtub! We had the frame and tubs here for years. Now that I want them for flowers, we can only find the tubs.. not the frame :( Isn't that the way it goes? Someday! -Tammy

Laura said...

Love it! Your geraniums look so bright and cheerful in the white washtub!

Lori said...

Love this! The red geraniums are perfect for it and I like the idea of making a table out of it.

Paula Gildow said...

Love the washtubs.........what a great idea. Looks great with the red geraniums! I love going to the antique malls.........so many great recycling ideas there. My favorite place to shop!!!

Kathleen Grace said...

These washtubs look adorable on the porch filled with red geraniums! What a great deal:>)