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The 8 Best Places to Find Vases

With the farmstand back open for dahlia season, I thought it would be helpful to share where I find vases so you can just plop your bouquets into a beautiful vessel and enjoy it right away!


I am a huge fan of antique, vintage, and up-cycled vases. I think they have so much character and not to mention, are good for the planet by reducing waste. You'll see nearly all of my recommendations are second-hand, but I do have a few "buy new" places when I'm in a pinch or need multiple of the same vessels for an event. Well, let's just get to it, shall we?


1. Antique Shops


Antique shops are my FAVORITE place to go. Seriously, if I could choose an itinerary for a "self-care day" it would be a vanilla chai latte from the local coffee shop, a few uninterrupted hours at the antique malls, followed by Chipotle for lunch. Yes, I'm acutely aware that I am motivated by food! :)


I usually look for solid colors, crystal, brass or silver. And don't be afraid to think outside the box. I found this silver pitcher at an antique store in Rosebud, Missouri for $13. Of course it was originally intended to be a vase, but that's how it's used now! I found the red crystal vessel used in this picture art Antiques and More near Freeburg, Missouri.



2. eBay


Every once in a while I'll randomly check eBay for vintage vessels. I found this brass "chalice" for less than $20 shipped. I'm really on a brass kick lately, so I'll just search "brass flower vessel" or "vintage brass cup"... sometimes you have to be creative to figure out what the seller might have labeled their items as.



3. Grandma's House


Okay, so not everything on this list requires purchasing. I actually inherited an antique set of china from my mom and my grandma before her. I pulled out one of the serving bowls to use for this arrangement. Bonus for fine china is they often have a floral pattern which you can play off for your choice of flowers.



4. Garage Sales


One man's trash is another's treasure. That's the theme of garage sales right? There are often so many great things that the owner has just gotten tired of. Garage sales are a great way to find some of those old Mother's Day flower vases and usually for less than $1.



5. Target Dollar Spot


It's literally impossible to do a little jaunt through the Target Dollar Spot, isn't it?! They almost always have some little bud vases that are perfect for placing together on a table to create a simple vignette.



6. Dollar Store


If I need several of the same vases for an event, I start at the Dollar Store (namely Dollar Tree). They have a few styles of clear glass vases that they keep in-stock and only cost $1 each... or is it $1.25 now? ;)




7. Walmart


Walmart.com has some more great choices for clear glass vases, those they tend to be more like $5-8 a piece. I bought some short, wide glass vases for an event and they made for a really cool shape arrangement. Sometimes they have them in-store, but it depends on the location. I'm a sucker for their free shipping, so I just order online. Of course mason jars make for a popular vase, you can find these at Walmart too.



8. Pantry


Where'm I going with this one? Save some of those pasta sauce jars after you use them! The Bertolli ones are my favorite - not for the sauce, but for the shape of the jar! I've found the easiest way to get the labels off is to first soak them, but then add a good layer of Goo Gone to the area. After a few minutes, use a plastic scraper and it comes right off.


I hope these have given you some new ideas! I really enjoy the "thrill of the hunt" and love that I'm giving second-hand items a new, beautiful life!


Sincerely,

Megan



This blog post was written in participation of a Blogging Bee-an online gathering reminiscent of the quilting bees and sewing bees of days past when women would bring their work together to create art. If you enjoyed this post about “Eight,” take a look at these posts from other farmers, small business owners, homesteaders, and creatives.


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