I found some great vintage planters at a church rummage sale recently.
I've wanted some of these forever and a day, but I rarely run across them when I'm out and about.
So I was super excited when I spotted two of them at the sale and they were only $5 each. And that included the minister toting them to the car for me.
And best of all, they somewhat match my birdbath that's sitting to the left of the porch.
Last year I got tired of cleaning the birdbath ALL THE FREAKIN TIME, so I planted succulents in it instead of using it for a birdbath.
This year I decided to give the birds a break and let them use it for a birdbath again.
It's their last chance to prove that they understand that birdbath does not equal public restroom.
This time around I added some little pieces of copper pipe (found for way under a dollar each in the plumbing section of Home Depot).
It's supposed to keep the algae and gunk in check and still be safe for the birdies (you probably have copper pipe in your own home's plumbing). We'll see how it goes.
The rock is just a place for them to sit while they
do their business get a drink.
Update: It works! I have an update one week later posted here.
I have one of those pots - you got a great bargain especially the toting part - they are heavy! Hope the birds mind their manners.
Shabby chic Sandy
Love those planters--and a great deal too!
Vickie @ Ranger 911
Great planters and a great price, too! I've never heard of the copper theory, but I'm willing to give it a try. My poor birdies are wondering if the cleaning lady quit.
Something Nice and Pretty
I love the planters and the price of them too!
Ohhhhh, darling planters. I love them. Great find!
Thanks so much for the tip on the copper piping. I'm gonna do that for my birdbath. What a great idea.
Also love the stone in the middle!
Your birdbath, by the way, is adorable, too. Suasn
susie @ persimmon moon cottage
Your planters are wonderful! It looks like they may be from the 1930's or 1940's with the design that is on them. Your birdbath is a perfect match. My birdbath is currently a planter, and I've got other bowls sitting around for my dirty birdies. They are easier for me to clean and refill. Next year I may try your copper trick.
Nice score on the planters, they look great.
I thought I would share my birdbath cleaning ritual. I buy a small bottle of bleach at the beginning of the summer and one plastic handled scrubbers that are used in a sink. I dump the dirty water and splash a glug of bleach in the bath and use the brush to clean. Rinse with water from the hose and done. Bleach dissipates quickly and doesn't hurt the birds.
Perhaps this will help someone. The birds really appreciate water for drinking and bathing.
One Shabby Old House
I have never seen vintage planters like that before. They are fabulous and the price was awesome! They do look nice with your birdbath. I am going to have to try the copper in the bottom of our birdbath. It gets so gross sometimes! Thanks for sharing.
Kelly @ JAX does design
Why do birds poop in the same place they drink and take a bath?! The planters were a great find for $5.00 each + transport to the car 🙂
I never heard of the copper pipe trick. It'll be interesting to see if the copper does help to keep the algae down.
I love the planters , but have heard about copper not letting bacteria grow. I think there is a new company in mobile alabama that has the copper set up for keeping swimming pools clean.
I tried the pennies in my birdbath but was told they had to be 1982 or earlier. This definitely works but glad to know I don't have to dig for all those old ones. As soon as I can find a bowling ball will cover it with all those other pennies I have. Love the ideal. Even have an old bird bath base for placement in my tiny little garden behind my condo. Thanks for the ideas.