5 ways to spruce up your garden with second hand finds

When the sun is shining, we no doubt want to enjoy our gardens or outside space. After the colder winter months, our outdoor areas can sometimes need a bit of a spruce up. But why pay more than you need to, when you can liven up your garden with some great second-hand finds? And remember, with Rumage.com you can search multiple platforms at once – so you’ll have even more time to enjoy the outdoors. Here’s some great ideas on what to look for.

Plant pots

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Pots can be frightfully expensive from a garden centre or DIY store. Yet good quality ones can last for years, so they’re a great second-hand buy. If you’re crafty, you could also refresh used pots with a coat of paint.
Another funky idea for planters are bowls and wooden or wicker storage boxes which give a contemporary indoor/outdoor feel. Teapots and colanders bizarrely are often repurposed and upcycled into pots too!
To be extra thrifty, take some cuttings from a green-fingered friend to fill up your pots and breathe some new life into your outdoor space.

Solar lanterns

Solar lights are a lovely addition to any garden. Giving a soft glow, they add a lovely ambience after dark. From sophisticated ground lights to fun festoon lighting, you can find what suits your style.

Second hand garden Furniture

Garden furniture can come with a hefty price tag when bought new. But there are so many options available that have barely been used. A bistro set is perfect for a morning coffee, or a couple of comfy loungers are perfect for lazy afternoons in the sun.

Outdoor rugs

These underused soft furnishings are great for livening up a patio or decking area. Go bold or muted; whichever takes your fancy. With a plastic coating these rugs offer great longevity, but would end up in landfill if not rehomed. So snap one up and add a splash of indoors to your outdoors.


If you’ve got children’s toys, tools or winter equipment lying around your garden, it can look unkempt. Invest in a storage box which are much more affordable when bought second-hand. Alternatively, you can even find pre-loved sheds at a fraction of the RRP.

Here’s hoping you have fun when you GoRumage to give your garden a thrifty makeover! And, for more hints and tips House Beautiful has lots of ideas on giving your garden a budget-friendly makeover.

If you want to learn more about buying second hand garden furniture you can head to our Second Hand Garden Furniture Guide and find out more.

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