Asked on Sep 13, 2014

Rustic, rusty, repurposed. Should I retire my vintage wagon?

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Below you can see what I used my red wagon for this summer. Now it's time to make a decision. Do I retire it until the Spring or, do I add mums, pumpkins, etc. Suggestions for the fall anyone?
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My little red vintage rustic wagon Estate Sale find $5
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Early plantings in my little red wagon
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Fully grown in my little red wagon
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Removed the dreary white impatiens last week. Still hanging onto summer as long as I can!
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  • Katie Lloyd Mansfield Katie Lloyd Mansfield on Sep 13, 2014
    No, don't retire it. It would be adorable with pumpkins and mums.

  • My wagon is out almost all year -March -Dec 1st or so. I agree with R.Adam. You need to seal the bottom if you are going to keep using it as a planter-i learned the hard way with my vintage wagon. I used rubberized undercoating to seal it. and I use pots instead of planting in the wagon. have fun and decorate for fall!

  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Sep 14, 2014
    @Trash Find Redesigned i leave mine out year round i painted the inside to protect it, most of the time it hold patriotic things but fall pumpkins and Christmas stuff for it at the proper time bought mine at a thrift store for five bucks tires were almost rotted off it was so pitiful i had to bring it home xx

    • @Chris aka monkey OOOOOO!! The Christmas idea I like! I mean, wasn't a shiny red wagon always one of Santa's gifts for the little boys (okay, and tomboy girls lol) in the family!! My idea, though, would be to bring an old wagon back to its once shiny self, and place their Stocking Stuffers in it -- just for fun! Also, for inside Christmas deco, fill one with greens and holly (a quick trip through the neighborhood at night - clippers in hand -- bad girl), and candles and ribbons. A few years ago, I did same thing with an old, handmade wooden toolbox.

  • Natalia Natalia on Sep 14, 2014
    Use to carry groceries from the auto to the kitchen.

  • I have one that I sanded an repainted the inside of, to inhibit more rust. Once it had to be dumped of a few rainfalls, the rust took over again, so I've got it inside right now. I'm wondering about Red Wagon Glass Topped Coffee Table?!?? Will update.

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    • Stormie Remus Stormie Remus on Nov 13, 2014
      Oh That will be so cool!! Great idea :) Red Wagon glass table. Will you leave the handle on? Can't hardly wait to see pictures. Ty Kelly for sharing that idea.

  • ByLightOfMoon ByLightOfMoon on Oct 26, 2014
    Just Beautiful, save it to use again...

  • Cindy.blashka Cindy.blashka on Oct 26, 2014
    refill with the mums and pumpkins

  • Annice Annice on Oct 26, 2014
    I saved my son's size 2T jeans & flannel shirt (he's now grown with family of his own); stuff them with newspapers to make scarecrow that sits in his little red wagon with mums & pumpkins & small hay bale. Every year, unstuff, wash clothes, store till next year! If you didn't save your child's or grand's clothes, try thrift stores. The more faded/ragged, better. I pinned shirt to pants & tied with rope belt. Face/head is gord. With Old straw hat. Once used foam circle covered with pantyhose for head/face. We look forward to seeing him created year after year - more than 30 years now!😊

  • Kathy Kathy on Oct 26, 2014
    U shd retire it. And ship it to me! Its beautiful!

  • Lisa Duenne Lisa Duenne on Nov 09, 2014
    I have been looking for an old, red wagon for a year. The more rusted the better. Lucky you!

  • Chrissy Morin Chrissy Morin on Nov 13, 2014
    I drove by a house this spring where there was a rusty red wheelbarrow that even had holes from the rest already in the bottom.. My husband thought I was crazy when I made him turn the car around and put it in the back! I haven't done a thing with mine for fall because it's behind some tall perennials but now I'm inspired.. gonna have to put some pinecones in it or something! :)

  • Stormie Remus Stormie Remus on Nov 13, 2014
    Found mine @ good will. $30.00. Grabbed it up so fast I nearly fell over.( Lil' Red Wagon)

  • Sharon Russell Sharon Russell on Dec 09, 2014
    We get hail here. Big hail. I use mine to hold transplants for the garden in spring - and I can run it right into the garage when the storms build up. Wonderful too for harvest decor and winter with greens and pinecones.

  • Kim Cunningham Kim Cunningham on Dec 30, 2014
    You could make a fairy garden with miniatures and succulents that do well even in winter in a carport or garage, then put in the shade the rest of the year. Requires little water.

  • Alesa Holden Alesa Holden on Dec 30, 2014
    love it love it love it!! Brings back my childhood. Use it until it rusts into the ground! LOL

  • Plsdenver Plsdenver on Dec 30, 2014
    I have flowers in my old red wagon foe two summers. But what I need now are new wheels. Where can I get some?

  • Stormie Remus Stormie Remus on Dec 31, 2014
    LOVE IT!!

  • Barbara Moeller Sellitti Barbara Moeller Sellitti on Jan 11, 2015
    I did this too a long time ago but I found the plants didn't grow so well because it can't hold enough soil. When I first did it I put a layer of small pebbles for drainage. Then a few years later I drilled a few holes in it & tried that. Now I have an oval pot in the middle & left the dirt around it. The animals keep pulling out anything I tried planting around it. So frustrating.

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    • Barbara Moeller Sellitti Barbara Moeller Sellitti on Jan 13, 2015
      I still like the look so I have it in the garden. It's been there so long that the wagon comes off the front wheels so now I just rest it on them with the handle in place. The Squarrels dig in it & pull the plants out. Lol Oh well, I keep trying.

  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jan 11, 2015
    Never retire it~ it's a collector's item and vintage! Enjoy it!

  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Jan 14, 2015
    I put pine boughs in mine along with winter/Christmas decorations and have it by our front door.

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jan 15, 2015
    If, by'retire' it, you mean not use it anymore--no!!! ep using the wagon as you have been, with plants, flowers-It looks lovely, and as you can see, many of us would love to find one like it

  • I love it, I have one too I bring my inside and at Christmas I fill it with my kids toys from years ago. Vintage toys.. Looks adorable.

  • Cindy Caretto Cindy Caretto on May 11, 2015
    I leave mine on the front porch all year long. It sits beside the front door, under an overhang. In the fall I use Pumpkins, real and artificial, fall flowers and anything rustic. During December I put my now adult boys old Christmas bears in it and for Easter their old Easter Bunnies sit in it with some plastic eggs. Always looks cheerful and welcoming.

  • Kelly Kelly on Nov 01, 2015
    I'd keep it out all year and change it for each season. Mums for the fall and packages and greenery for Christmas. Use your imagination for each season. It's just too cute to put away. I've been looking for one to use in my yard for a long time.

  • Jessica Jessica on Apr 01, 2017
    Do you have to drill holes in the bottom?