It always happens. You've found a beautiful new plant and go to buy a pot that will show it off only to get hit with sticker shock! Leave the high prices behind and take a look at these cheaper alternatives.
Check for nice clay flower pots in the home wares section of discount stores such as Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Ross. They often have ceramic and metal garden pots/planters for relatively little. Elegant, original pots that normally go for $10-$30 can be found for $2-12. Fancy 6 inch pots are often clearanced for around $2.99.
Scope out garage sales, thrift stores, and craigslist.org. While clay flower pots are heavy and, therefore, not a good ebay buys, they can be a great deal when found locally using these sources. You can even put a wanted add up to let people know what pots you're looking for size or color wise. Many times people will sell pots (and sometimes the plants in them) when moving.
Look for ornamental baskets of all sizes. You can find them at the above mentioned places, but take a glance around as you might find one lying around the house that you forgot about. Line them with plastic bags with a few holes poked in the bottom with a pencil or hole punch. Voila, pretty pots!
Be creative and turn decorative containers and wider, more shallow vases into pots. Carefully drill drainage holes or use several pieces of broken pottery in the bottom when you plant.
Tips & Warnings
- Think outside the box, almost anything can be made into an inexpensive flower or vegetable pot
- Just because pots tend to be expensive in home and garden stores it doesn't mean that those are the "going prices." There are options that are much cheaper
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