How to Shop for Galvanized & Zinc Accessories



It is no secret that I have a deep love for all things galvanized.  I am always on the hunt for new and interesting items.  And by new, I mean sometimes new and often vintage.  So today, I thought I would share all of my tips and tricks for how to shop for galvanized accessories.

There is no better way to start than with my latest find – and I love her deeply.




This lovely little beauty was found on Etsy a few weeks ago.  The best part was I have been so busy I forgot that I ordered it and it was like a surprise present for myself when it arrived.

When I shop on Etsy, I simply put in the search term “galvanized” or “zinc”.  In the left column, there is an option to refine your search.  You just click to only show vintage.  Now, sometimes, “vintage inspired” shows up, but you pretty quickly can sort through them.  When in doubt, just drop a note to the seller for some clarity.

Often vintage items on Etsy are priced only for drunken sailors to buy them.  After a bit of digging, you find items that are reasonably priced and have unique items.

Once you find an item you like, I usually shop that person’s store.   If they have one reasonably priced item, they may well have another.  Also, you may find vintage items that aren’t galvanized that you like as well and you can save on combined shipping.

The good news is that when I found the toolbox above, she had a little sister in the shop as well.




Completely unrelated to shopping for galvanized, here is a little sneak peek of a candle line we will be carrying in our shop this spring – they are so cute and smell amazing!




And speaking of unrelated information, I had to share these roses.  They are starting to be past their prime, but they have faded into the lovelies vintage pink that is just so beautiful.




Ebay is always an option for finding vintage galvanized elements as well.  I have found bulk purchases there (coming soon to the shop!) that have been interesting but I am less likely to order single pieces.   The search function doesn’t work quite the same way as Etsy, so I search under “vintage galvanized” or “vintage zinc”.   I am too impatient to deal with the bidding process, but it seems that more and more sellers have the “buy it now” option.




DIY is always an option – and one of my favorites.  Dana and I created this memo board for our kitchen that used a vintage window and a new piece of galvanized sheet metal.




We found this galvanized milk crate at a yard sale and turned into a vintage galvanized milking stool.




DIY can be as easy as adding a top to a galvanized bin to make a galvanized side table.



If you are feeling really ambitious, you can make this DIY galvanized wreath.

This large barrel brings me to my other favorite place to shop for galvanized accessories.  Yard sales, estate sales and vintage shops are always a resource for me.  I don’t always know where an item will go, but when I find a unique piece that is reasonably priced, I bring it home.  

This is a picture of the treasured I brought home from Brimfield last fall.  The panels are still on a planned project, but I haven’t yet found a spot of the big tray on the rock wall.  When I do finally figure it out, I know I will love it.




Another favorite place to find galvanized accessories is the hardware store.  I made these galvanized succulent planters from stove end caps from the hardware store.




And of course, there is always new.  So many of the stores are carrying galvanized items now, especially Target and Crate and Barrel.  I also find that searching online for these stores often shows selections that are not available in-store and only online.




One thing I am trying recently but hasn’t panned out yet, is setting up alert notifications on Craig’s List for anything be under the decryption of galvanized and zinc.  So far, that has mostly resulted in a lot of boats for sale, but each time I open the email and hopeful it is “the one”.  I will certainly let you know if it ever is!

Happy galvanized hunting my friend, and thanks for reading!


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17 thoughts on “How to Shop for Galvanized & Zinc Accessories”


  1. You do have the cutest galvanized items Laura….and I love the creative ways that you use them…the tool caddy is so pretty and such a versatile piece..thanks for the tips on where we can obtain these beauties…Have a great weekend…Hopefully you are not under too much snow!

  2. Laura, thanks for the tips, I love Etsy. I’ve gotten so many great things for my home from the nicest people. One other place to look for galvanized items is a farm supply store. Just this week I bought a chicken waterer that I plan to plant with succulents and put on my porch. They also have a great selection of tubs and buckets too. I can’t wait to hear more about your candle line. Have a great day.

  3. I opened your blog with such enthusiasm this morning as galvanized items are my new love….and you did not let me down. Funny thing…..a few weeks ago I got that tool box, too, and have it on my kitchen island with almost the same decor! Minus the cute green car, but that could change any time now!!!
    Have the best day ever!

  4. Laura, I am beginning to laugh at how much I have in common with you. I posted recently about following my dream to open a shop in response to one of your posts. One of the candle brands I am going to carry is Produce! So funny. And I LOVE all things galvanized. I have the galvanized letters on my back porch with my plants spelling out “GROW”. Thanks for the search tips. I love to buy lots on ebay!

  5. Laura,
    My wife hase a galvanized washtub that is perfect for soda on ice for backyard parties, and we nestled a six foot alpine christmas tree in a galvanized pail and decorated it with cardinals and pine cones in our son’s room. I have a feeling there will be more.

  6. Thank You for shopping and taking about your Etsy finds. Us Etsy seller’s appreciate it coming from a blogger like you.
    But I too love metal and fell in love with a large galvanized watering can. I have a junk shop-antique shop I visit regularly. He knows me and gives me great deals. It was marked $45 but I have never bought anything at posted price. What do you think would be a good price? He has other pieces I will bundle with. Like an old sewing machine in its original oak cabinet With all the drawers! He offered to me at $40 off the posted price.
    I may go back this weekend for that. My hunny bunny wants one.
    Appreciate all the Etsy Love.
    Barbara Ann shop / barbaraannscreations

  7. I’ve recently seen galvanized letters at Michael’s craft stores. Love all your ideas and for spreading the love for etsy sellers. There are really some great finds and shop owners (me included)!

  8. It’s funny how a little thing like this makes a big impact on decor. I wouldn’t say that I venture out for galvanized materials because it really doesn’t catch my eye but the photos may have changed my mind! Thanks for sharing.


  9. I love your NY and NH cards on the galvanized board. Where did you find those? I am from NY and live in NH 🙂


  10. I love he look of galvanized metal both inside and outside of my home. I once hauled away a whole roof of the tiles you have in the photo. A bar owner bought a stack of them, turned them upside down and used them as painted martini glasses. Thanks you for promoting Etsy shops!

  11. Thanks for sharing your tips on searching for galvanized and zinc items. The tool caddys are perfect! The haul from Brimfield’s is amazing! Love the Indian clubs, too. I look for galvanized items in the hardware store, too.