Vintage Push Cart Plays a Starring Role in My Michigan Garden


This $7.00 flea market cart has played a leading role in my SmallHouse Under a Big Sky garden designs over the years. It gets moved around each yearas I get inspired with new ideas and ways to use it.

It has held straw and pumpkins, mum’s, Red Willow stick and fall berries as well as variousseasonal decorations. It has been used spring through fall to decorate andinspire visitors who visit our 5-acre garden site in SW Michigan.

When I bought this vintage all-metal cart with rubber tires about twelve years ago, it was asolid aqua color and very pretty. Over the years it has rusted into this lovelyaged patina. My husband is always telling me to “paint it.” But I love it justas it is!
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This push cart looks nearly new and was all aqua in our spring garden photograph. This photo was taken in front of the former White Oak Studio & Gallery.
This push cart looks nearly new and was all aqua in our spring garden photograph. This photo was taken in front of the former White Oak Studio & Gallery.
The early autumn scene shows climbing hops at their peak and the welcome of not yet in bloom all mums. This photo is taken along side of our metal pole barn near our home.
The early autumn scene shows climbing hops at their peak and the welcome of not yet in bloom all mums. This photo is taken along side of our metal pole barn near our home.
A late autumn view of the aqua cart was the "Welcome to White Oak designs vignette for an weekend open house in 2013.
A late autumn view of the aqua cart was the "Welcome to White Oak designs vignette for an weekend open house in 2013.
Here's another fall image of the cart filled with white mums and pumpkins at three-seasons entry to the Small House.
Here's another fall image of the cart filled with white mums and pumpkins at three-seasons entry to the Small House.

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  • Pamela Knott
    on Apr 10, 2014

    I never thought to use it for display. I let a girlfriend have it, as it became too small for my usage when we moved to a bigger yard. She said she doesn't need it anymore and wanted to know if I wanted it back. I DO! I'LL USE IT FOR DISPLAY! Mine is darker green! Thanks for reminding me!

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    on Apr 11, 2014

    That is sooooo funny. I never thought of using mine as a wheel barrel,,,,only as display!

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