Wreath supplies, and floral supplies in general, can sometimes be a bit pricey. As a designer, it can also be overwhelming knowing what to buy, and where to buy it for the best price. If you are like me, you are always looking for a way to save money.
Well, you are in luck, because here are some of my top tips for saving money on faux flowers, greenery, ribbon and all the necessary supplies to make wreaths and floral arrangements. I mean, we all love to save a little money, right?!?
1 . Always Wait for the sales – Rarely do we ever purchase anything from a retail store if it is not on sale. Hobby lobby, for example, typically has their floral stems, floral bushes, ribbon and greenery marked down forty to fifty percent off every other week, on a rotating cycle, so it is best to try not to shop on the week that the items you are looking for are not on sale. It is always best to wait until they are on sale and buy enough so that you have what you need on the weeks that they aren’t discounted.
2. Buy In bulk – Purchasing your items in bulk is one of the most cost effective ways to purchase your supplies. Materials that you know you will use over and over again, like eucalyptus, boxwood, or certain florals and greenery that you frequently use, are great items to purchase in bulk in order to save money and always have on hand when you need them. It is also a good idea to stock up on those items when you see them on greatly reduced or on clearance.
3. Purchase wholesale when possible – In order to be able to purchase wholesale, you will most likely have to have a wholesale license, seller’s permit, or other required business documentation. If you are making wreaths and floral arrangements primarily as a hobby, rather than a business, you most likely will not have the ability to purchase wholesale, but if you ARE purchasing as a business, buying wholesale is a fantastic way to find wreath and floral supplies at the lowest cost available.
Now, the drawback with wholesale purchasing is that many companies require a pretty hefty qualifying minimum order, and that can be an issue for some people. You definitely don’t want to purchase a ton of stuff that you may never use just to meet the minimum order, however, if there are specific greenery bushes, or florals that you know you will likely use a good bit of, or if the company you are shopping from has products that you know you will use within a reasonable amount of time, then purchasing your items wholesale can be a very cost effective way to shop.
4. Shop after season sales – Many stores heavily discount seasonal items after the season is over and this is a great time to stock up for next year. You can also find items in the sales that you can use all throughout the year so be on the lookout for those items. Roses, hydrangeas, peonies, can be used for multiple seasons, so if you find them eighty or ninety percent off, do yourself a favor and grab them!
We have had store managers tell us that they will often simply re-tag items after a season with the next seasons tags. For example, if you see a summer clearance sale with orange flowers on sale, they will often retag them as fall if they don’t sell. Go ahead and stock up because you can often use those same items in your fall wreaths and floral arrangements, even though they may be categorized and tagged as summer in the store.
5. Mix budget florals with high quality ones – Don’t be afraid to shop from retailers like, Dollar Store or Walmart. It is perfectly fine to mix in budget items with more expensive, high quality florals, and this is an excellent way to save money. Filler flowers are great items to purchase from these types of stores.
6. Save and use leftovers and scraps – Leftover greenery, florals, and ribbon can all come in handy to use as filler, so be sure to save your scraps and lone flowers. Also, you can save your leftover stems to make picks for fruit and other small accents that you put in your designs. We have a bucket of leftover greenery, and another bucket of leftover flowers from when there is just one left on a bush and we don’t want to throw it away.
7. Stay organized – I know that this one can be hard for many of us, but staying organized and knowing what you already have as far as wreath and floral supplies goes, will really help you to not buy things that you don’t need.
This is one of the things that I have to work on the most, because I am not always the most organized person. I am sure as a creative you can understand this. You may even have the same issue, but if you can stay as organized as possible, it will help you to be more aware of what you already have so you don’t overspend and purchase things that are not necessary for you to buy. It is very advantageous for you to keep your shop, studio, or craft room organized to save money.
Well, there you have it…my top tips for saving money on wreath supplies and floral supplies. I hope that this is helpful for you. Happy shopping, friend! If you are interested in selling your wreaths or floral designs, I encourage you to check out my e-book, The Wreath Business Blueprint, where you can find valuable information on starting and growing your wreath business.