Where to Buy Cheap Planting Pots?

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Are you looking for planters that don’t cost a fortune? Forget about Lowe’s and Target!

In this article, we’ll look at other places where you’ll find planters just as beautiful as those in retail stores but without the retail price!

You can buy cheap planting pots at:

  • Discount stores
  • Thrift stores
  • Yard sales
  • Estate sales
  • Facebook Marketplace

The first option, discount stores, sells new planters at reduced prices. The rest of my recommendations are the sale of second-hand items because that’s where the cheapest finds are.

Let’s explore each one in more detail.

Discount Stores

Discount stores can offer planters at prices below the full retail price because they rely on bulk purchasing and efficient distribution. The cost savings are passed on to consumers, where you can get large pots for $8 and small pots for under $5. You may also find glazed ceramic planters between $8 to $11 each. 

Discount stores to buy cheap planters include:

Discount stores are abundant throughout the U.S. and always worthwhile checking out. Even if you’re not looking for planters in particular, you can find essential gardening tools are very affordable prices.

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are a great place to find good quality planters while being gentle on the wallet.

As not-for-profit groups rather than merchants typically run thrift stores, they aim to raise money for charities. For this reason, planters are often sold for very low prices to entice customers to buy. So, thrift stores are perfect for those starting out in planting and are on a tight budget.

One example of a thrift store is Goodwill.

Goodwill’s website boasts that 85% of households in the U.S. and Canada are an average of five minutes away from one of their stores. This makes Goodwill one of the most easily accessible thrift stores in the U.S. You can visit multiple of them within your area. There’s certainly no limit to the variety of planters you can find!

You’ll discover unique planters in thrift stores that you wouldn’t generally find in retail stores. These include antiques, original vintage pots, face planters, animal pots, and hooker baskets. The planters you find there are unique, and you’ll unlikely find the same design elsewhere.

My favorite part of shopping at thrift stores is finding items for 99 cents. For this price, you can find cheap small clay pots perfect for small succulents.

A lot of planters in thrift stores don’t have drainage holes. If you’ve got the tools, you can simply drill one in. Otherwise, you can use those pots as cache pots (especially ceramic ones), and these would be perfect without holes.

Yard Sales

Yard sales are a great place to find planters for a bargain. These sales are often held by private individuals wanting to dispose of items to free up space.

It’s common for homeowners and tenants to get rid of as many items before moving to another residence. So items are usually sold for a fraction of the original price to get things moving as quickly as possible.

The best way to look for a yard sale near you is through an internet search.

For example, Garagesalefinder.com and Yardsales.net are very popular and active search databases where sellers advertise their yard sales. 

Estate Sales

Estate sales are potential treasures for bargain hunters of cheap plant pots. All items at estate sales must be sold; if you’re lucky, you’d be able to score exquisite planters for a fraction of the original price.

The scale of estate sales is generally larger than yard sales. And these events are typically run by corporate estate liquidators.

After going to a few estate sales, you’ll notice that it’s the same companies running the estate sales. Take their business card and ask to be added to their email list for early notifications of nearby estate sales. Build rapport and be friendly with them. They will remember you and will be must more willing to negotiate on pricing.

To search for a local estate, I recommend searching on estatesales.net. Listings on estatesales.net have plenty of photographs of each item for sale, allowing you to browse through the available plant pots as quickly as possible without needing to travel to the property.

Facebook Marketplace

The Facebook Marketplace is a great way to find cheap pots in your local community.

Most people already have the Facebook app on their phones. You can browse hundreds of listings with Facebook’s simple user interface with a few clicks. And with many sellers wanting to get rid of their unused planters for a quick buck, buyers are spoilt for choices.

The advantage of Facebook Marketplace is that you communicate directly with the sellers. You can negotiate pricing and meetups that are suitable for both parties.

Sometimes, you’ll come across basic plastic pots for a dollar. Some sellers are willing to give them away for free.

There are so many choices in Facebook Marketplace. Planters vary from Terracotta pots, Chinese Ceramic hand-painted flower pots, concrete and vintage ceramic pots.

Final Words

For the best bargains for planting pots, you have go to second-hand markets. Such places include thrift stores and other sites mentioned in this article. These places offer the best bargains because they’re pre-loved items with the occasional dent or imperfections. Once you realize how much more you can get from second-hand stores, you will never pay full price at retail outlets again.

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Plantician Guy (Mike)

Hi I'm Mike, a self-proclaimed plantician (an invented profession to describe a plant enthusiast). Based in Sydney Australia, I enjoy the great outdoors and the greenery things around the garden, in particular, indoor climbing plants.

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