Gold Mine of a Find!

Well my friends, often when we find a treasure we’ve had to dig a little for it.  That’s what us ‘pickers’ like to do.

Not so with my recent find that I am sharing with you today.

One might think that I've been traipsing through an old mine.  Nope, I spied it at a furniture store, R. C. Willey’s a while ago.  Must admit, I thought I’d struck gold when I laid eyes on this vintage mining cart.


So much so that I had to bring it home with me.

With the cooler temps I was able to gather a load of pumpkins.  I made a few changes on the porch.  It's the perfect addition!


Instead of loading my mining cart with golden nuggets or precious ores I’ve loaded it up with pumpkins and gourds.

mine cart

Must admit that it was no easy task.  See, if you put too much weight on it the top lowers.  I’m sure it was a safety thing for the man riding in it.
It literally took me about ten attempts before I got the weight just right and it didn’t drop down. lol!  I’m sure if the neighbors saw me loading and unloading those pumpkins umpteen times they thought I was crazy!  Nothing new around here,  Hee-hee!

PicMonkey Collage
Don’t you just love the unusual pumpkins you can find now days?  The one literally looks like it’s  terrracotta.


A touch of Tobacco Plant and Pyracantha added for some extra color.


Notice the brake?  That would come in handy when taking it for a ride!  The other side has a really cool numbered label.  Didn’t dare turn it around for a photol  The pumpkins probably would have dropped down. (Remember my 10 attempts?)  I chose to use this side for now because it was a better rust color for fall.  The other side is more red.

Anyway, I love it and can see so many fun uses for it.  I’m thinking the red side will be perfect for Christmas!

Oh, and in case your wondering; the wheels were cleaned in March 4, 1994.


Wondering if they are due to be cleaned again.  Ha, ha!


When I bought this they had the coolest green metal open elevator that came out of the same mine.  Oh how I would have loved it!  Really, just didn’t have anywhere I could use it.  Wouldn’t it be fun in a boys room?


I love my new cart and who knows, someday I may take it for a spin.  Did I mention that my driveway is on a slight slope?  Favorite spot for the neighbor kids to ride their bikes.  Wonder what they’d think if this old gal rode down it in a mining cart?

Not a pretty picture!



I want to thank Jillian from Bella Rosa Antiques for featuring this post!
And Mila's Little things for featuring it at her Autumn Bash Party!

I will be sharing with these fun parties:
Thoughts from Alice for Sundays at Home
Make it Monday
Coastal Charm for Show and Share
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
The Scoop
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
Tuesdays at our Home
Bella Rosa Antiques for Let's Talk Vintage
Green Willow Pond for What We Accomplished Wednesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's it Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for WOW
Posed Perfection for Creative Ways Party
Rooted in Thyme for Simple and Sweet Fridays
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Autumn Bash Party
Knick of Time for Vintage Inspiration Party


Leslie said...

Great find. It looks fantastic on your porch.
Do it Jan.. take it for a spin!!!! Sometimes when i leave the super market with a cart full of bags.. I can be seen standing on the crossbar in the front and riding down the parking lot. People must think I'm crazy.. and maybe I am just a little ~ who says grown ups can't have fun!! : )

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Jan, very unique find. Autumn in a vintage mining cart. Your display is wonderful.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is a great find! Love how it looks on the porch!

Donna Wilkes said...

We demand a video of you riding in the cart! How lucky are you to see this in a furniture store. Love the display of pumpkins and gourds. I know you already have a special idea for the cart for Christmas. Thank you for sharing this on Make It Monday.

Linda W. said...

Very cute front door decor!

Etcetorize said...

What a great treasure! It looks awesome on your veranda. All the loading & unloading was worth it.
I'm so glad you shared your post at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

Gayle said...

I did not know that RC Willey had OLD stuff! I haven't been in one of their stores for years & years - might have to check it out now. Wonderful new treasure you have there - I love all the goodies you have displayed in it.

Unknown said...

Yes....I've never heard about or seen anything like this at our RC Willey's in Idaho....might need to go there more often to check it out! Your little cart is great and I love the pyracantha (sp?) branches....reminds me of my childhood home in AZ. Thanks for lovely photos!

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great find!! Love it!!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Wonderful find! I feel your pain over the tippy thing. I found a huge cornucopia in a thrift store but it is murder to get it to stand properly when it is loaded.

kate steeper said...

I do like that , but i think Mr Bah Humbug would take some convincing

Kris said...

What a wonderful find! It looks great with your Fall display! I would have had to wrestle you to the ground for it, if I were shopping with you. Teehee!!!
xo Kris

Cynthia said...

What a fantastic find. You get such great treasures and use them in such a fun way. Your porch is gorgeous as it is every fall


Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Love this, Jann! Your mining cart is the perfect container for the beautiful fall bounty you have! I'd love for you to share this at my Creative Ways Link Party that goes live on Wednesdays at 8pm central. Hope to see you there!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Oh boy! That is a vintage treasure! Perfect for linking up with my BRAND NEW link party: "Let's Talk Vintage!" (Every Tuesday)

Hope to see you there! :)


Tea in the Library said...

Looks great. I would never have know what it was!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Thank you for linking up!!! ;)
Much appreciated.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

A very unique item to use for every season. It will be gorgeous in the winter with greens and berries!

Audrey said...

Jann ... Love your vintage mining cart. Rare to find one of those. I guess I have never seen one for sale, or I would have bought it. Such a neat thing to decorate with ... you will really enjoy it.
Thanks for sharing.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I'd never have thought this was something we could find outsde a museum. It's a great find and you styled it with the perfect colours for fall!

Lori Lehman said...

That cart is so cool, I love it! You decorated it wonderfully!

Kameel huise tussen spore said...

What a wonderful find. It is so adorable. Lots of blessings from South Africa

Maria Elena said...

What an amazing find! Looks gorgeous on your porch.

Creations By Cindy said...

WOW! Love your find!!! Looks so darling on your porch! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Victorian1885 said...

What a great look for your porch! Your neighbours must all be enjoying it too!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What an awesome find! Can't wait to see the other side too. If you do take a ride, make a video and share it...that would be a hoot! Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
Hugs, Deborah

decorayadora said...

Que buen hallazgo amiga querida , que tengas un biuen día !!!

Laura said...

What a lovely find that hosts your pumpkins perfectly!
Laura from Sunday View

Unknown said...

What an AWESOME find! Isnt it ecxiting to find such a jewel?

Victoria Lavender said...

BAM!! Wow you are so lucky !!!!!We've been looking for years and only find the big ones. My husband is a mining engineer and we want a cart for the yard. Super congrats on this find! Hugs, Victoria

The Charm of Home said...

Well that is awesome!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a good find and I love how you used it <3 - Karen

Diana said...

There's something you don't see every day--what a terrific find! Love the wood and metal, and you decorated it so beautifully (sorry it took so long...). Blessings,

Mila said...

Thank you so much for linking up with Big Autumn Bash !
Your beautiful autumn decor has been featured :)