Don’t Be Fooled by Your Florals

If there is one thing that I hate doing, it’s paying full price—for anything. This rings especially true with things that the average crafty diva can do herself. During this time of year, you may be planning to have some family and friends over to celebrate the holidays, or ring in the New Year. In addition to the food (do a potluck!) your decor is just as in important in setting the tone.
Since no one is in the mood to spend anymore money, don’t reinvent the wheel and use what you have to get what you want. If you have a bag of tealights and holders and a matching set of glass tumblers, you’ve got yourself a centerpiece. So now what? The flowers!

First thing, DO NOT go to the grocery store, or that chi-chi little floral shop around your ‘hood. You will pay a markup of about 200-500% and be limited to their selection, so go to where they go…your city’s flower district/market. Every major city has one, here in NYC, it’s 28th Streets btwn 6th & 7th avenue. Bring cash and a good attitude, since most of the shops are wholesalers, they don’t take cards and won’t bargain with plastic—yes, you can haggle when appropriate! You will find a variety of florals that you can’t find anywhere else in the city, at rock bottom prices and without the annoying clear plastic wrap. Supporting your local flower district also helps to support local and independent business, here in NYC the flower district has shrunk since being overrun by condo developers.

Even if you don’t have the best green-thumb, explore. You just may find a new talent, or a new favorite floral designer standing right beside you.

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Here are some tried and true florals to look for that don’t require much handiwork and add instant style to your home:

Dendrobium Orchids (super cheap!)

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Calla-Lillies

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Amaryllis

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