I actually would love to have 2 radio flyers (I know I'm a little greedy...). A vintage one that I can use as a planter and a new one to haul gardening supplies and other things. One of the chores I hate to do the most is hauling groceries from the car into the house. We don't park our cars in our garage since it's hubby's workshop so just hauling the bags is a pain in the you know what.
How much easier would this be... why heck I might even start to enjoy it!
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I love just about anything vintage and the Radio Flyer is an American icon.
The company was started by Antonio Pasin who had immigrated to Chicago from Venice Italy in the late 1900s. Below you can see 16 year old Antonio in his woodworking shop. Pasin started out as a cabinet maker but had a dream of forming his own company. He began by crafting little wooden wagons for local boys and girls in his neighborhood.
His little wooden wagons became so popular he was able to hire a few employees in 1923 and start his own company, which he named the Liberty Coaster Company after the statue of liberty (an appropriate name I think for an immigrant who came through Ellis Island and whose first sights of our country were of this lovely lady).
In 1930, the company was renamed Radio Steel & Manufacturing from Liberty Coaster Manufacturing, Co. and is already the world's largest producer of toy coaster wagons. With new designs for its now classic wagons, Radio Flyer now featured them to the public with a series of brochures and trade shows. The radio name came from Pasin's fascination with radio, which was becoming very popular at the time.
Today vintage Radio Flyers are prized items in many homes and bring back memories of our youth. Did you have one as a child? I sure did and wish I still had mine.
Radio Flyers are not only utilitarian but can be beautiful as well. Here's one that a fellow blogger (Old Red Barn Company) painted aqua on the inside (a woman after my own heart!). She uses it to store and display handmade quilts.
Photo Credit: Old Red Barn Company blog
What about this! How cute can you get.
Photo credit: Zim Family Cockers
Ellie would love to go for a ride in a wagon. She loves riding in the wheelbarrow so I know she'd have a blast with this too.
A vintage radio flyer would make the perfect planter that I'd change out seasonally.
For spring some daffodils...
Photo credit: Shed Style
In summer some bright red geraniums...
Photo credit: Real Simple Magazine
In autumn a bounty of pumpkins and gourds would take center stage as a display in my yard. *sigh* one can dream...
Photo credit: Kino Eye Flickr
Do you have a little wagon? If so how do you use it? I'd love to hear your ideas.