Thursday, June 30, 2016

"You and everyone else..."

I happened into Anthopologie the other day, it's always good for a little inspiration. I love the cast planting cubes they're currently displaying.

Evidently I'm not the only one.

I turned to ask a salesperson if it was okay that I take photos, gesturing at them as I started to speak and she snapped "No they're not for sale, you and everyone else cannot buy them!"...

Well alrighty then, guess I poked at a sore spot.

They are pretty cool, and would be easy to make. That is if you're handy with the hypertufa.

And unlike West Elm (up the street a bit  I'd just been there) these plant choices are mostly good for an interior space, short term.

West Elm was selling succulents again. Light starved, near death, succulents. Oy vey...

These two reminded me a bit of the ones Claire (apotspot) makes, Only her's are better (IMHO).

Anyway nice work Anthropologie display people!

But maybe you should consider making some to sell?

All material © 2009-2016 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

19 comments:

  1. They are cool and the folks at Anthopologie must realize that if they use them as display pieces in garden-centric Portland, you and everyone else will want to buy them. I wonder if they ever have periodic sales of their old display stuff. The Bon Marche used to periodically do that and there were wonderful things to be had there at really low prices.

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    1. It was great fun to read the name The Bon Marche...oh that grand department store of my youth! I remember the display sales at Fredrick and Nelson, in Seattle, being especially wonderful. But back to your point. I seem to remember someone telling me that Anthro did do display sales, hmmm...

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  2. Those are cool! I need to go check out my local store for ideas. Wonder how they dealt with the weight of those. They're okay with photos, even have a tag for customer photos. #anthrowindows

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    1. Well of course they do! Thanks for pointing that our Shirley.

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  3. If the salesperson can stop being annoyed long enough to pass the praise along, maybe there's a chance these could evolve into products for sale. Between you and Andrew, I'm sure you could come up with something even better.

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    1. Oddly I have no desire to work with hypertufa. Our brief need to work with cement to pour footings was stressful enough. Maybe if I had a lot of space and a dedicated shop.

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  4. I wouldn't mind having some of the cubes planted up in my garden. Very cool. And don't snap at me. I'm not asking to buy them.........

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    1. You are a genius, Tim. My mind didn't even take them outside!

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    2. Imagine how wonderfully moss-covered they would become over time!

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  5. Strange reaction from her. I typically only think things are for sale when they have price tags on them. The metal cage makes them extra special I think!

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    1. Ya, she wasn't having a good day.

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  6. Those are some of the most interesting planting vessels I've ever seen, especially the ones inside the metal framing. Anthro has some amazing designers on staff, and Tim is right... How cool would it be to have some positioned outside??? WANT!

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    1. Do I see a hypertufa party in your future?

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  7. Way cool. Thanks for sharing this. Know anyone who knows how to make hypertuffa with this much mass? This seems like it may have some structure to it (?). Inquiring minds want to know!

    Funny about the sales-person's reaction. Evidently it pissed her off that the bridesmaids, so to speak, were getting more attention than the bride. And, oh yes, it took some of her precious energy.

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    1. Yes there definitely would need to be some sort of framework in there I would think. Chicken wire? (to flexible?)

      I get that retail is demanding, but yes! Listen to my request before you get all bent out of shape!

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  8. Even if they're not for sale by Anthropologie, someone is surely selling them to Anthropologie and it would behoove both parties to provide a more graceful way to handle inquiries. After years working inside corporate America, I sometimes wonder how big American businesses even survive - thank goodness for entrepreneurs. I love the planting tubes and if whomever is selling them hasn't negotiated a deal with the store to handle representation or referral, they should abandon ship now!

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    1. "I sometimes wonder how big American businesses even survive - thank goodness for entrepreneurs"...so true!

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  9. I wonder how well will they sell in garden centres? But with your super cool plant shops there, I reckon they will do well!

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