Goat Carts – Friday Favorites

In this post – German goat carts, also known as German potato wagons or farm carts.

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This past weekend I went to the Portland Antique Expo Show and found an antique goat cart!

I was so excited to find one – and at a pretty good price!

 

I have been wanting a wagon for my porch for a while as I had visions of filling it with pumpkins like below…

 Then I thought, oh! I could fill it with presents too… turns out someone else had the same idea!

 

Filling it full of plants also seems to be a popular option.

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In my internet research, it seems that these types of goat carts originated from Germany around the 1900s.

 

They were used by the goats to haul things – goats are much cheaper to keep than horses!

 

Here I found a vintage postcard of the kids dressed in traditional wear hauling a goat farm cart of flowers.

 

Also found some vintage photographs of kids being hauled by their goats! These type of goat carts are different than the farm carts, but I had to include them because they made me smile!

 

 

 

The Amish are making repro goat carts, like below.

 It seems some of them came with baskets too.

I am so excited to fill mine and use it in my decor!  Of course I’ll have to share with you all!

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4 Comments

  1. July 21, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I have always wanted one of those carts too! Seems like they are always hundreds of dollars when I run across them so we don't have one yet. One of these days. 🙂

    You are going to have so much fun with yours.

    • July 22, 2017 / 5:32 am

      I have been looking for one for several years and even almost bought a new one from Homegoods last year but it just wasn't quite the right size so I didn't buy it… so glad I waited! Patience is key and you will find one too for a good price as well!

  2. July 22, 2017 / 12:00 am

    What a FABULOUS find! Half of the fun is just going to be thinking of how to fill it. I'm envisioning something spooky (ravens and all) for Halloween.