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April 4, 2018

The Playful Planter

By Julia

One of the best bargains I’ve found since I started collecting retro things of my own was at an estate sale. They had a very cool set of blood-red depression glass dishes, a set of Geneva steel kitchen cabinets for next-to-nothing, and the first Broyhill cabinet I’d even seen in the wild. It was the last day of the sale, so everything was marked down. I wandered through the mid-century modest home, but I didn’t see anything that I needed to have until I got to the exit. Next to the ladies taking payment was the coolest fiberglass planter I’d ever seen. I asked about it and no one had claimed it. The best part was it was originally priced at $50, but I was able to score it for $10!

The bullet-shaped pot appears to be fiberglass, and the tripod legs are a near-perfect match to my magazine racks!

The atomic details on the legs fit in nicely with our decor. I love the patina!

The jazzy gold and white pattern on the fiberglass is further textured by a ribbed surface on both the inside and the outside of the planter.

I planted a sansaveria plant in my pretty planter. It’s commonly known as a mother-in-law’s tongue plant. I can remember my dad having a similar variety of plant in his office growing up. It just felt right in my new bullet planter.

Here’s one more of the planter itself. It looks like the legs are striking a “come-hither” pose from this angle. I must admit, the planter does have a nice shape. As a disclaimer, the plant is not plugged in. The cord behind it belongs to another story for another time.

How about you, dear readers? Have any of you found any estate sale bargains this spring?

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8 Responses to The Playful Planter

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 4, 2018 at 10:36 am

    $10!!?!?? WOW! That’s a total score!!!!!

    • Julia Reply

      April 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      I was so excited!

  2. David Reply

    April 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    “plant is not plugged in” lol

    • Julia Reply

      April 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      It kind of looks like it could be 🙂

  3. Chris Reply

    April 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    It is a plant 2.0 grows with electricity instead of water and gives off wifi.

    I recall my mother having one (or more) of those plants I’m pretty sure she still has one to this day!

    • Julia Reply

      April 5, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      HAHA! They are popular plants for sure!

  4. RetroRuth Reply

    April 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Now that is a score!

    Geneva cabinets, huh? Were they white? Now I am curious!!!

    • Julia Reply

      April 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      The cabinets were probably white originally, but had been painted a rust color along the way.

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