Don't you just love it when you come across some perfectly good garden item that someone's disposing of? It's almost as good as winning the lotto...well, almost. Okay, here's the scoop on these 3 plant conainers and a piece of ornate metal...I have a weakness for ornate metal pieces.
I took a different road leading to my home one afternoon...minding my own business...when I noticed two pots (with dead and live plants still in them) sitting out by the road for garbage pickup. Yes, garbage pickup. :-( And, while I'm not one of those people who goes through other people's trash...I have enough of my own...I have been known to brake for worthwhile garden items, as I previously confessed in Thou Shalt Steal.
I slowed down to look...drove on by...then quickly decided to turn around and check them out again. I didn't like the idea of being seen putting someone's trash into the back of my SUV, but these pots looked too good to pass up. And, I hated to see them end up in the dump. Soooo, I drove home...grabbed a plastic bag (to put the dead plant in)...drove back and quickly loaded up my "found objects." By the way, the dead tree had 2 1/2 foot roots growing out the bottom of the pot...it was impossible to pull it out, so I ended up taking the dead plant, too. Shhhh, don't tell anyone about that.
When I got home I noticed there was a third pot inside one of the large ones. I also found the ornate metal piece...which is broken...but hey, I can find some use for it in the garden. Did I mention that I love ornate metal pieces? :-) I was delighted beyond belief with my "found objects." They are in great condition...a little cleaning is needed...but otherwise, they're fabulous finds and certainly not inexpensive. The larger pots are probably worth $30 each (maybe more) and the smaller one...well, at least $15. That's $75 worth of flower pots....WOW...now I'm even more excited.
I gave them a good scrub with a little bleach and water, and look how beautiful they are.
I, especially love the smaller terracotta pot. It has a very pretty design and the shape of the pot is like no other that I have.
As I looked around at my own pots, I realized how many different shapes, designs, and colors they come in. And, how beautiful each pot is, in it's own right.
I like to find unique looking pottery for a low price. That pretty pot in the upper left corner is from Big Lots. I have many from there because they are priced so well. Terracotta pots look best when they have an aged look to them...like the strawberry jar in the upper right corner.
Terracotta pots have a vareity of great designs on them. Two of my favorites are shown above...upper right corner and lower left corner. And, who doesn't want one of those pots that sits on its side (upper center photo). They're great for trailing plants that softly overflow from the pot.
I'm thrilled with my new pots, and always open to divine guidance leading me to future "found objects." And by the way, in case you're reading this post Mrs. T (did I mention that I know the owner of these pots? She was my daughter's second grade teacher.), next time you're throwing away garden items.....pleeaaasssseee, call me! :-)
I guess the old saying (which I modified) is true..."One woman's trash is another woman's treasure!"