With snow still covering the frozen ground where I live, I decided to turn my home improvement efforts inward by trying to source new rugs, perhaps an interesting cabinet and maybe even a nice light fixture on my local Craigslist. But I quickly got distracted, as some of my best Craigslist treasures over the years have been for my garden.
I wanted to see what I might be able to find across the country as spring approaches, and I found some really great deals for the garden maker who is looking for a bargain.
1. In Atlanta: Pineapple Garden Finials: $80. I can never have enough slightly craggy and rustic pieces like this. They are perfect for constant and satisfying re-arranging.
2. Near Boston: Rose Trellis with 6 roses: $800. It is actually down on the cape —but this trellis is a steal and if the roses are even a little special this is quite a package.
3. In New York: 10 Terracotta pots with perennials ($50 ea). The mystery of the perennials is what really hooked me into this ad. Some of my favorite garden plants are those that I had no idea what they were when they came to me (except perhaps loosely — I knew it was a shrub) and I have always enjoyed the surprise and mystery of figuring it out.
4. In Portland: Raised Cedar Beds: $50. I paid the same for my cedar raised beds, but they didn't have the nice capped corners and finished edges that these offer.
5. In Chicago: Pair of Cast Iron Urns $275. Elsewhere in the country I found similar (or in worse shape) for two to three times the price. Snatch these up if you are in Chicago!
6. In LA: Metal Bamboo Chippendale Patio Set: $900. So Hollywood Regency and LA perfect. I think it would be lovely to re-powder-coat these, but it isn't necessary. I would, however, ditch that wood top pronto - glass would be much nicer.
7. In Phoenix: A collection of Large Saguaro Cactii: $3000 for the set. What fun it would be to have a cactus garden — especially these huge ones. A northern gardener's playful dream... a Phoenix gardener's reality.
8. in San Francisco: This Mid Century plant stand ($160) is quite chic and unique.
9. In Miami: 1930's Iron Gate: $175. Use it as a gate or a trellis — either way this beautiful piece is a very classy addition to a formal and feminine garden or a wild and bohemian scene.
10. In DC: Pair of Vintage Horse Plant Stands: $175. These are playful pieces that would add personality to any garden or patio.
My personal favorites are a pair of large boxwood shrubs that I got for $50 (they would have easily cost $300 each in the nursery) that are the prettiest shade of dark blue-green, unlike all the others in my garden. I also got a massive pile of recycled granite cobblestones that helped me expand my patio for less than $400. Have you scored any great garden items from Craigslist? Do share.
(Image credits: Craigslist Atlanta; Craigslist Boston; Craigslist; Craigslist Portland; Craigslist Chicago; Craigslist LA; Craigslist Phoenix; Craigslist SF; Craigslist Miami; Craigslist DC)