I am missing my thrift store junking days. Thrift stores are not considered essential businesses. You all know what that means. 2020’s word of the year is essential. Anyway, I miss them. I decided to do this months second hand treasure on pots, which is another one of my all time favorite vintage items to buy.
I had three in my supply that have been waiting to be filled for a while now. I had some free time so figured I should design some pretty planters one morning.
The first pot was marked on the bottom Haeger. The company that started these pots closed in 2016 because they just couldn’t keep up with business from the recession and foreign competition. Gift shops and furniture shops had become a thing of the past. Only large store chains are able to function now.
When I read the history of this company I started thinking about all those small businesses everywhere around the world just trying to build their dreams and do the things they were born to do. There are so many gifted people all around the world and they have many talents that they would love to share with others but big store chains are hard to keep up with.
Most people buy things for price and not for quality. I buy a lot of used products to save money as well but also because I see so much waste everywhere and want to do my part in helping cut back on that.
Even though I love my second hand shopping adventures there are occasion when I will spend money on small business and artist items. Many items which include, a hand made glass turtle I picked up at a beach festival in California, tiny wooden box from artists in Belize, leather photo album made by monks in Italy, and many small business pieces in the city I live in here at our art festivals, all unique items. They are made well too, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking or falling apart after a year. Which seems to be the pattern with most mass produced items.
Anyway, back to the Haeger pot. This company had been in business for over 100 years. It was one of the oldest and largest producers of pottery in American history. Four generations from this family kept this business going until they had to close it down in 2016. It started out making bricks then moved onto artisan pottery. If any of you have some free time, look up the history on it and research some of their beautiful pieces they have designed over the decades.
When I purchase anything, I will leave it be for awhile before I get a feel for what I am going to do with it. Later I have fun figuring out which plants to add to my planters based off of their designs. This one I decided to turn into a mini cacti garden.
Since we are not really shopping right now I just walked around the garden to see what clippings I could use that I already had on hand and picked several varieties of succulents from around my garden.
Then filled the pot with dirt.
And added tiny rocks for more detail.
The second pot was another pot that looked like a Haeger but the only marking it had was made in USA with a number on it. I loved the speckled design and color of it. It didn’t have the three holes on the bottom like the Haeger planter did though.
Until the clippings take root I will have to be very gentle when watering.
Might be keeping this pot in the garden because my husband likes this one. He asked where I got it because he doesn’t remember seeing it. It had been out in our garden for awhile but empty it looks so different.
Now it is filled with all kinds of little succulent stems.
The last pot was this bunny. This one will probably be going to my neighbors little girl across the street. I filled it with elephant food clippings because it is such a hardy plant and I want to give her something that won’t die if she forgets it after awhile. Otherwise I would probably have added carrots or something, wouldn’t that have been cute?.
So that’s it on vintage pots. I just love searching those thrift store shelves for pretty planters.
Have a few around your home for those occasions when you need a quick gift but can’t get to the store. Plants are the perfect gifts to give, along with a pretty scented candle of course. Happy thrifting everyone…when they open again that is. Is anyone else missing those junk shops?