Do you live near a university? Don’t assume that if you are not a student, that they have nothing to offer you.
The university near me has a botanical society, and twice a year they host a sort of plant flea market. Local plant nurseries, hobby groups and craftspeople come out to sell their wares. Since I love to garden, I enjoy seeing what is new every sale.
If you yearn for something different from the standard plants at the local hardware store, this sort of event is for you. Personally, I love to haunt the rare fruit sellers. You can also find beautiful handmade garden decorations, sun catchers, and even jewelry. There is a person in my area that makes jewelry from seeds and dried fruit peels, and it is really pretty.
So check what is available near you. You might be surprised what you find!
This was originally posted on my old blog, Middle Class Poor.