Move aside, pricey garage storage solutions. These thrifted finds are good for the environment and your wallet.

By Katie Bandurski

Need a spot to stash your garden seeds? An antique tool chest is the perfect solution. Its durable frame and roomy interior are perfect for holding seed packets, small spades, and garden gloves.

More Smart Storage Ideas

Old-School Milk Crates

Sports equipment can be tough to store. It comes in many different shapes and sizes, and balls have a tendency to roll around and get lost. Keep sports items in their place with heavy-duty milk crates mounted to the wall. These particular bins were purchased from a local dairy that was closing, but you'll also find them at flea markets and thrift stores.

Flea Market Furniture

Keep your potting needs in one spot by transforming an old cabinet, hutch, or buffet. Pots, watering cans, and other supplies are displayed on the open shelves of this vintage piece. The bottom has ample space to store larger items like soil. 

Reclaimed Wood Boxes

Garage storage works best when it gets items off the ground. Store small, lightweight items in old fruit crates mounted to the wall. This cute scene stores succulents and other plants, but the boxes could also be used to house extension cords, tools, or other small items.

Repurposed Cans

When thrifting, you never know what you're going to find. This set of tin cans from a flea market makes an adorable (and practical!) garden caddy. Gloves, tools, water bottles, labels, and more all fit inside the DIY storage unit, while a hefty handle makes it easy to transport.

Born-Again Buffet

Don't be afraid to modify a piece of thrifted furniture to fit your garage storage needs. This buffet was found at a flea market, but a few tweaks transformed it into a storage-savvy garage staple. The doors were removed and the wood received a coat of fresh orange paint. The buffet top was replaced with a solid-core pine door that doubles as a work bench.

Wire Baskets

Baskets are never a bad idea. They're accessible, affordable, and can be labeled with ease. Find durable wire baskets at thrift stores and garage sales, and update with a coat of spray paint. For baskets with a handle, hang on hooks to keep items off the ground that might be damaged by damp garage flooring.

Vintage Luggage

Spring and summer were made for outdoor dining, but it can be a hassle to lug silverware, linens, and other dishware outside. Make life easier by using a vintage suitcase to create an al fresco dining kit. Look for a box with multiple compartments to easily separate your dining essentials. 


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