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Home Depot has a small design center in Charlotte and as part of their cutting back, that store is closing. We've bought some lovely glazed ceramic pots (2 are huge) from Vietnam on sale there. The 2 I bought were a lovely blue glaze and I think they were, like, $56 apiece! I was so happy. The ones I've been looking at are well over $200 each. So if you have a smaller design center near you, check to see if they're closing and get to the garden department asap. We've bought a total of six, not all that large, but they are all Vietnamese. Best glazed pots in the world.
Here's a photo of one of the pots DH bought last weekend at a further reduction. I think he said it was about $36. It's approximately 18 inches tall and 12 inches square. Haven't decided whether I like the brown color or not yet.
Vietnamese pots are tough because they have such thick walls would be my guess. I've had one out in the garden for years (no drainage in this one) without any breakage. I got mine at Hobby Lobby where they always have 50% sales or so it would seem. There are lots of stores that sell them so keep your eyes open.
hcmcdole: Just made a quick run to HL to check out their pots. Only thing from Vietnam were some gorgeous ceramic eggs, which I will purchase when they go on sale. We're talking maybe 16" tall. Gorgeous blue/green shades. Anyhow, one would look great with the planters and maybe a smaller one to place in another garden area.
The bad thing (or good thing) about HL is they are seasonal on a lot of their goods. It seems like they should be getting lots of pots in another month or so but they won't go on sale for a while. Usually they start putting sales on for their pots mid summer to fall.
Here is another pot I got there a couple of years ago. Talk about heavy - this won't blow over in a storm like a lot of other pots.
I'm so glad I ran across this thread. I just went to a gardening seminar last weekend and one of the speakers was talking about using Vietnamese clay pots for water features like bubblers because they are hard fired and won't crack in the freezing temps of winter. So I was going to ask about them and where to find them when... voila! I am glad to hear that they can be found in lots of different places. I am going to start hunting and keeping my eyes open for slaes (which I'm sure won't happen until mid to late summer and fall) It would be great to plant in them and not have to worry about cracking.
hey. we have a friend who is no long with us, a foreigner, as we say. wanted to let some of ya'll know that he didnt abandon us and tried to say g'bye. he just couldn't. he misses us and wanted a few to know.