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For me, one of the best parts about summer flea-marketing is the number of lawn games that seem to magically appear for sale. I do have a slight addiction to vintage croquet sets (you have probably seen a few of them as props in House & Home lifestyle shots — they are a bit of a summer go-to). If you don't have the patience or the time to troll the outdoor markets for things like badminton racquets, lawn bowling or bocci balls, you can get intact sets or hobble together pieces from many cute vintage shops on Etsy. Take a look at the ones I came across:

From Rustyboats.

From 5gardenias.

From Fishlegs.

But if you want them to function as well as look good, Pottery Barn is selling terrific repros on their website. All the pieces would be there ready for play, but the look is still fresh and fun. Like true vintage sets, these repros are dressed with summer stripes and colour:

Either way, whether for play or display, vintage lawn games are a summer classic. Pick some up before the season comes and goes!

For more outdoor inspiration, check out our Gardening & Outdoor Living Guide.

Photo credits:
1. Rustyboats' Wood Wedding Sign, Etsy
2. 5gardenias' Antique Wood Croquet Set, Etsy
3. Fishlegs' Vintage Croquet Balls, Etsy
4. Croquet Set, Pottery Barn
5. Lawn Bowling Set, Pottery Barn
6. Horseshoes Set, Pottery Barn

Author: 

Meg Crossley

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