You will find planters at almost every estate sale, flea market or auction that you attend. I have to admit, I have a fondness for them. I grew up helping out in my grandparents flower shop, so there are many memories attached to planters. I recently found some that I've added to my Etsy shop . This one with the bright green elephant is Made In Japan. I think it is my favorite.
I love the simplicity of the next two. Unmarked, but from my research they are probably Morton Pottery and from the 1950's. Both are very heavy with an unglazed bottom. The first one is a water pump and a wooden bucket. It almost looks like a lid with the rim around the base. It sits upright though and it's listed as a planter everywhere I've researched. I call the pump color green, but I've noticed it called elsewhere as teal. It does have a bit of blue in the color.
I've found this planter listed several places but with a pink kangaroo. I couldn't find another blue one. It does have a bit of crazing in the glaze but I don't mind one bit!
I haven't had time to research this one. It's pottery and very heavy. I loved the soft muted colors and most people like birds.
Planters are easy to find, affordable and have many uses. They often come with a few flaws from the manufacturer such as roughness in the glaze or flaws in the colors such as the white spot in the kangaroo. The elephant one is just the right size to sit my cell phone or camera in. The kangaroo and water pump are perfect for brushes or pencils. If you have more uses for them be sure to let me know!
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