Masses of bright, yellow shiny faux lemons in a kitchen basket or a centerpiece bowl of ripe summer fruits made from stone can, paradoxically, add a sense of freshness and life to a room. Other than an occasional dusting and washing, fake fruit is a low maintenance, low cost alternative to fresh fruit and floral displays. Sold by a wide range of online and brick and mortar retailers, faux fruits can vary in quality and authentic appearance.
Craft & Floral Supply Stores
Craft store chains and big box retailers can be good sources for basic artificial fruits. Michael's crafts, Walmart and Target are stores that sell artificial fruit in their home decor and silk flower departments. Florist supply wholesale and retail shops will also sell artificial fruit and can often have high-quality versions that have been designed for use in floral arrangements and special-event settings. Here, you are likely to see the basic fruits such as oranges, lemons, apples, bananas and grapes, but other stone fruits and smaller fruits such as strawberries and more exotic fruits such as kumquats and kiwi may also be available.
There are many specialty retailers accessible online that focus on making and selling lifelike artificial fruits, vegetables and natural and prepared foods. Many of these also supply businesses, restaurants and entertainment and advertising industry prop houses. Specialty retailers often sell faux fruit in several different types of materials from rubber to stone, and the range of selection for fruit type is much broader than at craft retailers. The quality of craftsmanship is also typically elevated with greater attention paid to the natural detail of the fruits including skin texture, authentic coloration and shading, hand finishing and even slight imperfections added to make the illusion complete. Faux fruits from these specialist dealers can range in cost from a few dollars per piece to up to $10 per piece, depending on the material, size and craftsmanship.
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