Well, my friend, have I got some great places for you to shop! We are so lucky to live in an age where the retail environment has so many outlets that have what we need to create awesome flower arrangements. When I changed from traditional retail to being a studio florist, I was amazed at how much affordable product was right in my own backyard. When I see a good deal, I grab up the item so I’ve got plenty of things in stock to work with. From containers to birds and butterflies, anything you could imagine is available at our local stores. I know the economy over the last few years has allowed for many of these retail stores to pop up in every city, and it’s to our advantage. What the heck, if it makes our flower arranging life easier, why not take advantage of it? All these venues sell retail, adding sales tax to the total, depending on the county and state you live in. Another post will concentrate on wholesale (no tax charged and you will need a resale license to purchase from them) outlets to purchase from. Following is a list of my favorite retail stores with some ideas what can be purchased at each (this will save you some time when you go out shopping for all the great supplies to create your arrangements with). Continue reading Where The Heck Can I Buy My Supplies and Flowers?!