A Whimsical Idea for a Garden Bench

This was just outside a shop I was in recently…isn’t it a hoot?! Someone has cut holes in the seat and sunk the pots down into it. So, don’t throw out that old piece of furniture…just paint it with an outdoor grade paint and you’ll have a delightful planter for your garden.  Love it!

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A Classy Flea:

A few weeks ago, my all time favorite antique/thrift store, A Classy Flea, had a special evening of shopping just for BNOTP fans!

It was well attended with 45+ folks stopping by to take advantage of all the great finds and bargains. The wonderful folks at A Classy Flea prepared a delightful feast with a screened backdrop so us porch fans would feel right at home. 🙂

What a fun, fun night! I loved meeting all of you! I don’t have as many pics to share as I had hoped since I was busy greeting folks and wasn’t able to take any once the evening began.

Let’s do a little shopping and see what treasures are waiting at A Classy Flea!

Beautiful crystal basket: $29

Love this old painted iron bed…

Loveseat with down-filled cushions: $395

Sweet hankies…

This is one of the most beautiful tole trays I’ve ever seen…regret passing it up now.

Great stuff, everywhere you look…

Beautiful china cabinet with wonderful details…

If I didn’t already have an outdoor candelier, this would have gone home with me for sure…

Silver-plated chafing dish…

Pretty tureen….

So many pretty items to decorate with for spring/summer….

Birdhouse: $45

Soooo elegant! This would be beautiful in a tablescape.

Chandelier…it was on sale for $259…

Cute, floral, camel-back sofa…

Blue Willow teacup chandelier: $123

Isn’t it cute?!

Shabby Chic chest: $149

Great lamp and only $16…they had a pair of these…you can see them on the chest above.

I really liked this bench. I stood looking at it for quite a while…trying to think of a spot where I could use it. It killed me to walk away, but I left it for another lucky person.

Now, are these fun or what?! Great bar stools!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Susan, I would love to win that certificate and I will make the drive over.

  2. can't make a trip. love all of your items. rose

  3. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    When you were talking about the giveaway, I was thinking, oh shoot! I live too far away. Then when I started looking at the photos, I began thinking "wow! It's a good thing I don't live close to the C.F.! I would be bankrupt. What a wonderful place. The table set up for y'all's big night looks so pretty. laurie

  4. Momma Rhyne says

    Man, I wish I lived closer.. but I love the flower "bed" idea. So cute!

  5. Atelier de Charo says

    So beautiful treasures, the place is amazing!

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  6. fiberdoodles says

    So many pretty things. Happy Pink Saturday!

  7. What a gorgeous store! Makes me jealous I don't live closer! Also love the pink bench.. what a hoot!

    🙂 Hazel

  8. Allie and Pattie says

    Susan, we'll be visiting my SIL there, so enter me please! I would be DANGEROUS living too near that place!
    xoxo Pattie

  9. Susan, what a lot of nice things you have shown. I really love the pink flower seat. What a whimsical and nice idea. And also the tea set chandelier is just genious. Made me smile.
    Greetings, Johanna

  10. Joan and Kevin says

    Please enter me in the drawing. I just love your blog.

  11. Please enter me in the drawing!!! I had such a great time that evening! It was great meeting you and so many other wonderful ladies!!!

  12. Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com says

    Love the planter! Wish I lived closer so I could go shopping!


  13. I love the table Classy Flea set for you all. They ARE Classy! Just beautiful and I bet it was yummy!

    I am so very SAD that I cannot enter into the give away, well more sick, really. I would have loved to be considered. Every time you shop there I see numerous things I would love to snap up! I wonder if they ship? 😉

    From Virginia

  14. Naturegirl says

    WOW that pink potted bench!
    Love to see chairs potted up too.Holy moly what a selection of garden appropriate whimsy I see in the flea market images!

  15. Loved all your great photos, Susan, and the pink planter bench rocks! Have a wonderful weekend! Sincerely, Susan

  16. gabrieladelworth.com says

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    What a great giveaway!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  17. I don't think I could drive down there from Michigan…but sure wish we had a great place like that around here to shop!!!
    So many wonderful things!
    What a nice event arranged for you Susan.
    Have a blessed Saturday.

  18. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Morning girlfriend, what a wonderful place to shop… I'm soooooo in love with the birdhouse. What a statement it would make. Thanks for taking us a long on this fun shopping trip. A girlfriend and I are off in a bit to Nell Hill's Tent Sale. Girl I gotta tell you I'm one excited gal. I haven't done anything "fun" in over a year.. Hopefully, I'll have some pics to share. I hope all is well your way, we have soooo much catching up to do.. hugs ~lynne~

  19. WOW!!!! I wish I lived closer, this would be a great way to spend the day. Have fun!! Great post.

  20. Tennis Girl says

    I wish I lived closer so I could come over! I love that tole painted blue tray and the cup and saucer chandelier.

  21. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    What a cool bench! How lucky someone is going to be to win that gift certificate! They have such beautiful things ~ I saw several I'd go for just in your pics. Maybe it's a good thing that I live far away!

  22. I'd use the wicker-top bench at the foot of a bed. It would make a great luggage rack for guests.

  23. EEk! Behind the teacup chandy is a sign that starts OL and ends FF. I've got to know what it says! My last name is Olthoff. Can you find out if that's what it says for me? If it is, I'll have to have it shipped here!.


  24. Susan I love A Classy Flea! I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I have bought a few things there but believe me I could and probably will buy more. Great items at good prices and wonderful people who work there! Thanks Susan and A Classy Flea!

  25. Becolorful says

    :0 I am filing that image of the pink sofa/bench/planter away in a file on my desk so I don't forget to look for a piece like that. It just made me smile. Loved the color.
    I also liked that floral print sofa even though I said I would never have a floral sofa again.. EVER. Maybe in a girly office though? Sometimes I never learn.

  26. Hi Susan,

    What a wonderful post. I could use about 100 of the items you pictured in your post. To start with, I'll take all of the vintage hankies! lol

    Happy Pink Saturday,


  27. Classy Flea is a very classy center! As many have commented, if I were to leave nearby I ,too, would be bankrupt!

    Thanks for sharing such a fun night with the rest of us! I hope everyone went home with some great items!

  28. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Katie, I ran by the Flea today…so many great things in there I wanted to take home. The bench I spyed before was gone, as was the tole tray. I looked and the sign you asked about says, Old Stuff.

  29. Shugee @ Blue Heron Cottage says

    Susan, that bench is a hoot! I loved the white frame by the dresser. Also, the bird house is a good price.
    There are a lot of treasure in there.
    I think it so sweet how the went through all the trouble to make and create a beautiful table spread for all of you.

  30. Anu@My Dream Canvas says

    Oh I wish I knew about this when I lived in Atlanta !! Lovely post..I am hosting a giveaway on My blog, do stop by, would love to hear from you…take care Anu!!

  31. Brenda-shabbycatsandroses says

    That looks like a fabulous place to shop, but sadly I live too far away. Loved seeing the pictures of what treasures are inside! Thanks for showing these :0

    Happy Pink Saturday to you, warmest, Brenda

  32. Sailing Simply says

    This is a giveaway tempting enough to make the drive! But I think it might be a bit far for me from Columbia,SC. I would absolutely love this store! I really enjoyed the tour though, and so nice of you and them to host a BNOTP party night! Whoever wins will be one lucky gal!

  33. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    I would love an excuse to come back to Atlanta. My girls and I were down in April for a Beth Moore conference and to see the Princess Diana exhibit. Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks! Love & blessings from NC!

  34. Those price tags make me cry. We would easily pay 3 times that here if we could even find great stuff like that. Grrr.

  35. Those price tags make me cry. We would easily pay 3 times that here if we could even find great stuff like that. Grrr.

  36. Nanny Goats In Panties says

    Wow! I feel like I just went shopping! What a gorgeous store. And I love that pink bench – such a fabulous idea.

  37. I have to know how much the painted iron bed is…just because I posted a photo of a black one on my blog the other day. One of my local thrift stores (THRIFT STORE, not even an antique shop) wants $424 for it…

  38. Please enter me! I live in GA. Thanks for the chance to win. Donna

  39. The Paint Splash says

    Loved visiting your post. Have a great week. Debbie

  40. The Polka Dot Closet says

    Wow, I wish I did live close enough! I would love to shop at that shop! What a nice thing to do!


  41. Looks like it was a fun day in the shops!

    And i love the pink bench!

    Happy PS!

    Do These shoes match this purse?

  42. Looks like a wonderful shop, and I can see why everyone had a fantastic time. Thanks for sharing it with those of us who live far away.

  43. Well things are certainly cheap in your area, I am shocked from what is here in my area.
    Loved the tour.
    Take Care


    Hi Susan, I love the pink bench filled with flower pots, very cute! I also loved the teacup chandelier and the tray is fabulous! Thank you for sharing all the photos from your fun evening!

  45. Susan I love the bench as well, wish I lived closer!! I can tell you all had a great time!

    Art by Karena

  46. Kdottie Designs says

    Susan ~ Oh how I wish I lived close to Atlanta! Looks like such a fun time : ) Happy PS!

  47. What beautiful photos and lovely booths. I wish that I could just spend a day in there browsing.


  48. I love that potted bench! We have a bench that has seen better days so maybe instead of getting rid of it, I'll PLANT it! I don't live nearby so can't enter but it's probably good, I would spend WAAAY too much $$$$ there! So nice that they set up some goodies to eat while shopping and so beautifully! I know you all had a fun evening! XO, Pinky

  49. Happy Pink Saturday, Susan. I love the way this has been used as a planter.

    Your event at Classy Fleas must have been wonderful.

  50. LUCKY 7 DESIGN says

    hi susan, im addicted to your blog. i just started one myself and your buttons are on it. i want to share your fabulous ideas so that more people can gain the inspiration that I have from you and your posts. im just starting out but have as much passion as all of you wonderful tablescapers and hope to post some of mine on your Tablescape Thursday soon.

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