How to Display Houseplants on a Budget!


When it comes to decorating with plants, it can be expensive to purchase all the necessary accessories.

However, one cost-effective solution is to shop at thrift stores. Not only can you find high-quality items for a fraction of the cost, but you can also reduce the amount of new products being produced and potentially thrown away.

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In this article, we will explore some of the key items to look for at thrift stores to enhance your plant displays and care.

One of the first sections to check out is the glassware section. Look for plates, display dishes, and saucers that can be used underneath planters with drainage holes to catch water.

Additionally, the candles section can yield great finds such as risers for plants and ashtrays that can be repurposed. Wicker baskets are also a great option for housing planters without drainage holes or as plant stands.

Handmade pottery and propagation containers are other items to keep an eye out for. By shopping at thrift stores, you can find unique and affordable items to enhance your plant collection.

Key Takeaways

  • Thrift stores offer cost-effective solutions for decorating with plants.
  • Glassware, candles, wicker baskets, handmade pottery, and propagation containers are key items to look for.
  • Shopping at thrift stores can yield unique and affordable finds to enhance your plant collection.
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Thrift Store Shopping Benefits

Thrift store shopping has become a popular way to cut back on the cost of plant goods. It not only allows people to obtain higher quality items for less, but it also helps to reduce the amount of new products being made that end up getting tossed out.

In today’s video, Harli shares some of the things she personally keeps an eye out for at thrift stores that can be used for plant displays or plant keeping.

One of the sections she likes to check is the glassware section, where she usually finds saucers and smaller dishes that can be used underneath planters with drainage holes to help catch water. She also checks out the candle section, where she has found ashtrays that can be used as saucers, as well as little risers for plants.

The Wicker section is another area she likes to explore, where she has found beautiful wicker baskets that can be used as plant stands or cover pots for less attractive planters without drainage holes.

She emphasizes the importance of having an open mind when thrift store shopping and encourages people to consider unique items, such as handmade pottery, as potential planter pieces.

She also suggests keeping an eye out for propagation containers, as thrift stores often have a wide selection of glass containers that can be used for plant propagation.

Overall, thrift store shopping provides a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to enhance plant displays and keep plants healthy. By exploring various sections and keeping an open mind, people can find a variety of items that can be repurposed for their plant needs.

Key Items to Look for

When shopping for plant goods at thrift stores, there are a few key items to keep an eye out for. These items not only provide a cost-effective alternative to buying new plant goods, but also promote sustainability by reducing the amount of new products being made.

One of the first sections to check is the glassware section, where one can find saucers and smaller dishes to use underneath planters with drainage holes.

Non-porous dishes that won’t mold or get damaged by water are ideal. The candle section is another area to explore, as it often contains risers for plants and ashtrays that can double as saucers.

The Wicker section is also worth checking out, as one can find baskets to use as cover pots for less attractive planters or to raise plants off the floor.

Propagators should keep an eye out for glass containers, such as vases, goblets, and ceramic containers. These can be used for plant propagation.

Additionally, handmade pottery can be a unique find for planters and other plant-related items. Keep an open mind when shopping and consider alternative uses for items that catch your eye.

With a little imagination, many thrift store finds can be repurposed for plant care.

Glassware and Dishes

When it comes to finding items for plant displays and keeping, the glassware and dishes section of thrift stores can be a goldmine.

The section typically includes saucers, display dishes, and plates that can be repurposed for plant use. These items can be used as saucers for planters with drainage holes, to catch excess water.

While plastic saucers are commonly used, non-porous glass and ceramic saucers can be more durable and high-quality options. These items are usually priced between 50 cents to a dollar fifty, depending on the time of year.

In addition to saucers, the glassware section can also provide unique vessels for planting, such as ashtrays or small dishes that can hold sphagnum moss.

These non-porous items won’t mold or get damaged from water, making them ideal for plant use.

The wicker section is another area to explore for plant display items. Wicker baskets without handles can be used as cover pots for planters without drainage holes, or to elevate plants off the ground. Larger wicker baskets can even be turned upside down to create plant stands.

Handmade pottery is also a great find in thrift stores, as they can provide unique planter pieces.

Look out for ceramic pieces from college or high school ceramics classes that were discarded by the original owners.

Propagation containers are a staple for plant propagators, and the glassware section of thrift stores can provide a plethora of options. Any vessel that can hold water and plant roots can be used for propagation, including vases and goblet-style glasses.

Overall, the glassware and dishes section of thrift stores can provide a variety of affordable and unique options for plant displays and keeping. By keeping an open mind and using imagination, thrift store finds can be repurposed for plant use in creative ways.

Candles and Ashtrays

In the search for affordable and unique plant goods, secondhand shopping can be a great option. In this section, Harli shares some of the items she looks for at thrift stores, specifically in the glassware and candle sections.

One item she often finds in the glassware section is saucers for planters. She looks for smaller dishes to use underneath planters with drainage holes to catch water.

Although she has some plastic saucers, she is trying to switch to non-porous options like glass and ceramic. She also notes that these dishes come in many sizes, and she has found some very large ones at thrift stores. She suggests looking for anything non-porous that won’t mold or get damaged from water.

She also likes to check out the candle section for items like ashtrays, which can be used as saucers or risers for plants. She has found many durable and high-quality items in this section, including metal risers and ashtrays. She also notes that this section often has little risers with legs that can be used as saucers for plants.

In addition to glassware and candles, she also looks for wicker baskets at thrift stores. Although she can’t use baskets with holes as saucers, she likes to use them to sit underneath planters without drainage holes.

She has also found larger wicker baskets that she turns upside down to use as plant stands. She emphasizes the importance of having an open mind when thrifting and being willing to find creative uses for items that catch your eye.

Finally, she suggests keeping an eye out for unique planters and propagation containers, such as handmade pottery and glass vases. She notes that thrift stores can be a great place to find these items, as people often donate them after taking ceramics or glassmaking classes.

Wicker Baskets

When it comes to finding unique and affordable items for plant displays, thrift stores can be a great resource. One item to keep an eye out for in the Wicker section is baskets. While not suitable for catching water due to their holes, they can be used as cover pots for planters without drainage holes or as plant stands by flipping them upside down.

In addition to traditional baskets, other wicker items such as waste baskets and Kleenex box covers can also be repurposed for plant displays. It’s important to have an open mind and consider how items can be used creatively.

By shopping secondhand, not only can plant enthusiasts save money, but they can also reduce the amount of new products being made and potentially discarded. Thrifting for plant display items can be a fun and sustainable way to enhance a plant collection.

Handmade Pottery

Thrift stores can be a great place to find unique and affordable items for plant displays. One of the sections to check out is the glassware section, which often contains saucers and display dishes that can be used as plant saucers. While plastic saucers are commonly used, non-porous materials like glass and ceramics are preferred as they don’t mold or get damaged by water.

The candle section can also be a great place to find plant display items such as risers and metal ashtrays that can be repurposed as saucers. The wicker section may also have baskets that can be used as plant stands or to hold planters without drainage holes.

Handmade pottery is another item to look out for at thrift stores. Pieces made by amateur ceramicists may end up in thrift stores, and can make for unique and one-of-a-kind planters. These pieces can also be used for propagation vessels, which are glass containers that can hold water and plant roots.

Overall, thrift stores offer a variety of affordable and unique options for plant displays. By keeping an open mind and being creative, plant enthusiasts can find items that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Propagation Containers

One of the items that plant enthusiasts often look for in thrift stores are propagation containers. These containers are used for propagating plants, a process of growing new plants from cuttings or seeds. Propagation containers can be expensive when purchased new, but they can be found at thrift stores for a fraction of the cost.

When searching for propagation containers at thrift stores, it is important to look for non-porous containers that can hold water and plant roots. Glass containers like vases are popular choices for propagating plants. Ceramic containers can also be used, as long as they are glazed and non-porous.

In addition to traditional propagation containers, plant enthusiasts also look for creative alternatives to use for propagation. For example, glass candle holders and ashtrays can be repurposed as propagation containers.

When selecting a propagation container, it is important to make sure that it is clean and free of any residue that could harm the plant. It is also important to choose a container that is the right size for the cutting or seed being propagated.

Overall, thrift stores offer a variety of options for propagation containers, allowing plant enthusiasts to save money while still growing their collection of plants.

Thrift Shop Haul

Thrift stores are a great place to find affordable and high-quality items for plant keeping. In this section, we will discuss the items that Harlli personally looks out for at thrift stores.

She’s first stop is the glassware section, where they usually find saucers and smaller dishes that can be used underneath planters with drainage holes to catch water. They also check out the Home Goods section for items that can be repurposed for plant displays. She recommends keeping an open mind and using imagination to find ways to use non-porous items that won’t mold or get damaged from water.

The candle section is another area to explore, as it often contains items like risers for plants and ashtrays that can be used as saucers. The Wicker section is also worth checking out, as it offers baskets that can be used as plant stands or cover pots for less attractive planters without drainage holes.

She also suggests keeping an eye out for handmade pottery and unique planter pieces that can be found in the thrift store’s ceramic section. Propagation containers are another item that plant propagators should look out for. She recommends grabbing any vessel that can hold water and plant roots.

In the upcoming thrift shop haul, she will showcase the items they found during their recent thrift store visits with Ryan. Stay tuned to see the exciting finds!

Sandy

I’m just a plant lover from Central Florida with a passion for sharing knowledgeable facts about all things plants.

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