I need Ideas on old power pole insulators

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  1. 2ofus

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    These are what I'm bidding on and if you can offer any ideas on how I can use them in my garden I would sure appreciate it. The only thing I've thought of is toppers for hose guides. I've been outbid and have to make up my mind how high to bid for them.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The brown ones have screw threads inside, they can be stuck on the end of dowels to make hose guards. I have used some of the colored glass ones on the the end of garden fork heads, stick the tines into the ground and make garden edges from them. I have several of them that I haven't used yet but I have put some in birdbaths to attract the attention of birds to the water.
    I don't know about 'junque' stores up there but down here they are selling for $3 to $6 dollars each.
     
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    Zuzu, that's just what I was looking for! Thank you! I ended up paying 100 dollars for 50+ and over half of them are amber or blue glass. I'm really happy.:smt041
     



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    You must let us see what you make with those insulators 2ofus. The link Zuzu gave you is terrific and I'm sure you'll be able to adapt them into something wonderful.
     
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    :D Great, glad if that link helps spark your creativity.
    Here's another idea that made me smile - it might be good if any of the insulators are in such rough shape that you might consider painting them --> Cute snowmen
     
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    Thanks again, Zuzu. Those are really cute AND I have a grand-daughter that loves to paint.
     
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    Well I sorted and counted them. I have 22 blue ones, 21 clear and 24 brown ceramic ones. A few of the glass ones are chipped and some look like they've been sand blasted. There are 2 that are very rare, 4 that are rare and I may get most of my money back on those and I can play with the rest. Not a bad haul.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Not bad at all for the price you paid!! If you sell the 6 that are rare and very rare then you could recoup quite a bit. It's good that you have three different colours and around the same numbers of each.
     
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    Who doesn't love a purchase that pays for itself?! :setf_016:Fantastic!!
     

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