A Trip to The Salvation Army Store for Supplies for My Houseplants

by | Sep 15, 2016 | 2 comments

Did you know houseplant supplies can be found at your local second-hand store?

I have talked about this before but wanted to revisit the subject. Don’t get me wrong. love shopping for houseplant pots and accessories at my local independent garden center. I hope you do, as well. I also love to see what I can find at the local resale shops. These include the Salvation Army, Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, and other stores. that may be helping others with the profits from my purchases.

So, I visited the Salvation Army store with a friend, and look what I found.

I love the hanging owl planter that my friend gave me and she also bought it at a resale shop. Thanks, Jean!

Houseplant supplies like glass coasters and shallow dishes

I also found many shallow glass dishes that I use for saucers for my houseplants. Clay saucers look nice. But you have to buy the ones with glazed interiors to avoid ruining what you set the plant on. Moving a plant and finding a moldy black ring on your table is so disappointing. I speak from experience.

The saucers with the glazed interiors are pricey, especially if you have as many plants as I do. The four matching saucers were about $1 apiece. That is well worth it. There will be no disappointing mold rings from these glass saucers.

Pot sitting in a glass saucer
Pot sitting in a glass saucer

Glass saucers don’t hide the container

I like to use them if the pot is colorful or decorative so those things show through. The clay saucers may cover the color or decoration on the pot.

Often, you can find a colored glass saucer to match the container or plant. I’ve found pink, green, white, and amber-colored glass. I’ve also found a few square glass trays for my square containers. Those aren’t easy to find.

The pictures below are saucers I’ve been using under my plants. Ashtrays are the best and there are many of them out there. What a great way to reuse a beautiful piece of glass used in the past for something not so beautiful.

Houseplant supplies found at a second-hand shop
Both container and the ashtray were found at the resale shop
An Avon glass piece from resale shop
An Avon glass piece from a resale shop
Antique green glass coaster under my Euphorbia
Antique green glass saucer under my Euphorbia

So….next time you need a new container or saucer for your houseplant, take a look at the resale shops. You never know what you may find. Have a great day, plant friends!


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  1. Barbara

    When you have pot like the ones above without drainage, do you put in another pot with rock etc. below, or do you plant directly in the pot? Btw I love your blog

    • thehouseplantguru.com

      If I have a pot without a drainage hole, I drill one with a diamond tip drill bit. I don’t use drainage material as it shortens the soil column.


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