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Multiuse Planters

Martha Stewart Living, May 2001

Ceramic planters like these once brimmed with flowers and greenery on windowsills. In the thirties, forties, and fifties, florists stocked these vessels in shades of green, yellow, white, pink, and blue, in styles from classical to Art Deco. Now they're mostly relegated to attics and basements, where they hold only dust. As a result, you can find them often at prices from $5 to $30. Use them anywhere you need a colorful set of containers. Many bear the names of well-known potteries, such as McCoy, Roseville, and Frankoma; but even more are unmarked.

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Comments (3)

  • 7 Mar, 2011

    I would be careful about using them for food as some of the glazes may contain lead.

  • 7 Mar, 2011

    Love the tray! Any information on where to buy?

  • 7 Mar, 2011

    before using anything abrasive you might want to try warm vinegar as the buildup is usually just ime deposits