Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thrifty Vintage Violet Planter Ideas: Great Gifts or Merchandise


I'm about to give you even more excuses to scoop up vintage planters and potter you encounter at the thrift store. Who wouldn't want to have fun filling it with kitschy creatures and lovely violets?


My guy gave me a pretty (and huge!) baskets of violets for the project. Transplanting them was easy. I used a little black aquarium gravel on the bottom for drainage and more on top as mulch to help keep the soil moist and provide a glossy, professional finish.


Violets are excellent houseplants. It's not hard to keep the soil the proper level of moist (not soaking!) and although they need a lot of sunlight they don't like hot direct sunlight, so a sunny windowsill is fine. They also thrive on artificial houselights and I've seen people keep them happy far from windows in an office. I'm going to put these three planters in my Treasure House antique store booth today, I wonder how they'll do!


I still have dozens of vintage planters to plant-up, stage, and play with. They're my weakness! What do you have trouble resisting at the thrift stores?
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30 comments:

  1. Love the fawns! I just did some thrifting abroad. Check out my score!

    http://dogsordollars.com/2012/09/05/lessons-in-thrifting-going-abroad/

    You've taught me to scoop up planters for my growing succulent collection. Then there's owls, and kokeshi, and I think I'm developing and board game commemorative plate 'thing'.

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    1. Excellent collections, each one. I never pass up a kokeshi if the price is right. I love all of your finds in that post. The chinese checkers vintage board, owl, cachti, kokeshi...all in nice bold primaries. Great scores.

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  2. I have a bunch of planters too, but I've never actually planted anything in them.Might have to rectify that.

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  3. I love tins! I can't resist them! And funny mugs! I've bought a lot of planters from the 60s and 70s because I think people can use them on desks or craft rooms to sort their stuff, and they are so bright and fun! The more I learn about them, the more I find!

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    1. I've stopped my tin collecting but I too never resist a funny mug. They sell well online, too. Fun the photograph as well.

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  4. I love your planters! I have a lot of those myself. I go out to the lake and take cuttings of prickly pear to put in them because they are super hearty and I'm not great with plants. lol. (yes, I was completely flabbergasted to see that TN had prickly pear when I moved back here a few years ago.) Besides the other stuff I collect, I have been scooping up vintage carnival prize plush. I find them all the time at the Goodwill Outlet and I can't resist them! :)

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    1. I love your super thrifty cuttings method of planting! I'd do the same but my herbs outdoors wouldn't do well in shallow vintage pots.

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  5. Very sweet, I must keep an eye out for plants.
    Loads of things onmy hard to resist list like retro aprons, retro floral linens, bags of crafty odds and ends that have a mind field of upcycling ideas and potential in them. Oh the list of projects to do and unfinished ones I have.

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    1. I'm so bad with my collections too, gotta make time to read all the books, paint all the stuff in the make-over pile...bad me.

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  6. you might want to be careful with violets. they tend not to bloom when watered from above. typically they only like their roots wet.

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    1. So you mean to use a skinny-nosed watering can below the soil line to give the violet's roots a deep drink? Thanks for the tip!

      Few plants outside of tropicals want water on the leaves or flowers, so don't mist your violets.

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  7. I've killed my violet a few years ago. I think I'm over it now and ready for another one. :)

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  8. I have a hard time resisting Pyrex & grab bags of vintage greeting cards & stationery!

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    1. Those are always pretty tempting. I can resist pyrex since I don't know enough about it and vintage stationary because I never sell it well enough.

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  9. Oh these are so cute and the flowers are lovely. I collect bambi and deer figurines and yours look so sweet amongst the moss and leaves. Thank you for sharing such a great idea.

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    1. Your little deers would be so cute in planters! Give it a try, it's a fun way to display your collection.

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  10. Van, you posted about planters a couple of months ago. Now every I see a planter I think of you. In fact, I almost took a picture of one the other day to send your way. It was a child nurse planter. The epitome of all cuteness.

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    1. I've seen those nursery planters, very cute! Glad I've got you looking at planters in a new way :D

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  11. Hmm...honest truth, I don't drink but I can't resist vintage barware/glasses. I'm always picking up glass jars with bold typography and vintage 80s looking mugs.

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    1. Same here, actually. I've got a barware/glass fetish...

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