For several years I have been searching for a cheap, rusty old bike that I can use as a garden ornament. I want to plant flowers in baskets and hang them from the bike. I would like to have ivy grow up through the spokes. Mabe just lean it against the fence or the side of the garage. I keep finding pictures of how other people have used bikes in thier gardens.
So you can imagine my delight when I finally came across this rusty old bike for $30. in a thrift store this past weekend!
I liked that it was already a bit rusty, and the price was right, and even the brick red color is the accent color for my house! I have never heard of the comany name of Phillips either so I just assumed it was a no name brand of some cheap old bike!
When ever I find a treasure at a thrift shop I come home and try to do a bit of research on that item. I like to know exactly what i have and if I got a good deal on my treasure. So it seems that my Phillips bicycle was made in Birmingham, England. I have figured out that mine was built in 1959. It’s almost as old as I am! Some of these bikes are quite valuable. I’m not sure of the value of this one for certain, but I’m not sure that I should be putting it in the garden to let it continue to rust and deteoriate futher untill I can have it appraised.
It’s not in great shape and it really doesn’t matter to me what the value is. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it just because it is old and rusty!!
So I guess I’ll do a bit more research…this may wind up becoming a wall decoration for my mud room instead of garden art!
The link above is some of the information about Phillips Bikes made in England.