Can’t get enough of those sunny succulents? The geometric beauties of the desert now adorn homes across the world, and with basic maintenance they make great companions for on-the-go city dwellers. Following a few simple guidelines, you can keep your succulents happy and healthy, cutting out the guesswork or bad experiences of the past.
I’ll now be featuring a new planter every week, along with tips on how they’re picked, choosing plants to compliment your piece, and how to accessorize your planter to be a one of a kind gift or matel topper at your own pad. I specialize in sourcing specific 1950′s-70′s ceramic planters in great condition that are both aesthetically pleasing and collectible due to the nature of their age and brand. Something so delicate that has lasted over 50 years without a chip is truly a thing of beauty..! <3
This mid-century deer planter was found at a local flea market, lonely and in need of a bath for sure! I have a special fondness for figurative planters- they are harder to come by and yet still off the radar of your average thrift shopper. There are lots of ways to tell which are oldest, most valued, and covetable by examining them thoroughly.
First observe for age and cuteness- is it tickling your totes adorbz bone? Be careful not to be fooled by cheap modern knockoffs! Most of the cutest vintage 50′s-60′s planters are Japanese and feature big eyes, round smiling faces, hand painted details, and will feature a “made in japan” marking or shiny label on the underside.
A carving or stamp of any sort underneath will tip you off to its age, if there is no marking or label then chances are it’s not as old as you think, and may have just come from last year’s Kmart Halloween section. A few names to keep an eye out for are Napco, Inarco, and Enesco. You’ll gain knowledge just by going to the flea market or thrift stores every week, picking up every planter and checking for that magic label. Royal Copley also has a ton of lovely (and cute) styles of planter. You’ll get to know which vintage designs you’re more drawn to, as there are so many different kinds out there in the world. Here’s a few examples of classic Japanese cutesy ceramics on the web:
Next check for chips, cracks, and anything you can’t scrub off. If there are cracks, don’t go there. Just walk away. The last thing you want is a leaking plant, and it’s just not worth investing in the plants and your time only to have to take everything out because your planter is beyond repair. Chips are a bit of a different story, one or two won’t hurt if they’re in a place that can’t be seen, or can be repaired with a little touch up- I like Sharpie oil based paint pens. If there is evidence of wear inside the planter, give any dirty areas a scratch with the ol’ fingernail to see if it’ll come off and how easily. Some stains from use can become hard and crusty and can’t be scraped or cleaned off later, so make sure they’re not in any important areas like your dog planter’s face!
Later this week I’ll be showing you a step-by-step process for picking plants, moss, and rocks for your new planter and teaching you how to maintain your new arrangement. Stay tuned..! <3