How to Buy Floral Supplies on eBay

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How to Buy Floral Supplies on eBay

Flowers provide a distinctive touch to any formal or semi-formal occasion such as weddings, bridal and baby showers, graduation parties, and festive holiday parties. Decorative floral arrangements, attractive bouquets, and delicate corsages lend an air of formality to these special event. Colourful flowers and eye-catching floral accents also make vibrant centrepieces for casual get-togethers. With just the basic supplies and minimal skill, even a novice flower arranger can craft a beautiful arrangement, bouquet or corsage, blending personal style with elegant decorum.

When buying floral supplies, the buyer needs to determine what type of flowers to use in the arrangement. After the flowers are selected and the arrangement designed, the buyer can then select specific floral supplies to coordinate with the floral arrangement. The shopper should also consider decorative accents. eBay offers a wide selection of quality floral supplies to appeal to any buyer. There are listings for floral supplies in a variety of colours, styles, shapes, and sizes. Shopping for floral supplies on eBay is easy once the buyer understands the basic search methods, including how to conduct a keyword search and how to sort the listings using search filters.

Searching for Floral Supplies on eBay

There are several easy methods to use when shopping for floral supplies on eBay. They include a combination of keyword searches and the use of various search filters. To search using keywords, the buyer goes to the eBay homepage and types in 'floral supplies' into the search bar and then clicks the 'Search' button. The buyer can also look at the specific categories that list floral supplies. Floral supplies may be listed under more than one category. The buyer is directed to a page of listings for floral supplies. The buyer can sort the listings on the results page by using various search filters.

Types of Flowers

There are two types of flowers used in floral arrangements. They are real and artificial flowers. When deciding on the type of flowers to use, the buyer needs to consider the type of floral arrangement. Real and artificial flowers are used as centrepieces, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, sprays, and wreaths.

Real Flowers

Real or fresh-cut flowers are used in all types of floral arrangements. Roses, daisies, chrysanthemums, carnations, lilies, tulips, and daffodils are all popular choices. These flowers come in different colours and sizes. They are used in wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and altar centrepieces. Real flowers are also used in funeral sprays and wreaths. They are available in bundles presented in vases and containers, or as single stems in wrapped cellophane. Real seasonal and exotic flowers add a classic touch to holiday gatherings and special events.

Real flowers may be preserved through a natural drying process and used in combination with fresh-cut flowers as fillers or alone in seasonal wreaths and arrangements. When choosing real flowers for a floral arrangement, or to stand alone, the buyer should select a type of flower that is long-lasting, easy to care for, economical, and provides the desired visual effect for the specific occasion.

Artificial Flowers

Artificial flowers resemble real flowers in colour, texture, and appearance. They provide a good alternative to using real flowers in floral arrangements. The most popular artificial flowers are silk flowers.. Other types include synthetic, plastic, and foam artificial flowers. Silk and synthetic flowers are used in wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centrepieces, funeral wreaths, bundles and single stems. Synthetic, plastic, and foam flowers are easier to clean than silk flowers. They are also not as expensive as real and silk flowers. Artificial flowers are long-lasting, easy to store, and economical. They are great for outdoor events and for occasions where allergy-prone guests may be present.

Types of Floral Supplies

Once the floral arrangement has been designed and the appropriate flowers selected, it is time to consider the choices for floral supplies. Floral supplies include containers, foam, wire, tape, fillers, and decorative accents. Floral supplies come in a variety of styles, colours, shapes, and sizes. eBay allows the user to sort listings for floral supplies by selecting and deselecting the relevant options on the results page.

Containers and Holders

The type of floral container or holder is dependent on the type and size of the floral arrangement. Floral containers come in different shapes and sizes. The most popular types are glass vases, ceramic and clay pots, baskets, and boxes. A small floral arrangement such as a single stem rose or bunch of daffodils requires a small vase or box. A larger, more elaborate arrangement such as a wedding centrepiece or a funeral arrangement requires a larger vase, box, basket, or pot. Liners and trays should be used with boxes, baskets and pots. Bouquets use holders equipped with a handle for easy carrying.

Foam or Oasis

Floral foam, or oasis, holds floral arrangements together in the container or holder. Floral foam provides a firm foundation within the container for maintaining the flower's longevity and appearance. Oasis is placed in the bottom of the container or holder. Flower stems are then inserted into the foam and held in position. Floral foam comes in different shapes and colours. The most popular style is the green brick oasis. Floral foam can also be cut to fit any container or holder. It is used with real and artificial flowers and can be placed in water.

Floral Wire

Floral wire supports and secures the flowers, greenery, and fillers in large floral arrangements. It also stabilises artificial and real stems, and flower heads in bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. Floral wire comes in 18- to 26-gauge wire strength. Floral wire is available in different colours, and can be coated with paper, enamel, aluminium, and copper. It can also be used with floral tape.

Floral Tape

Floral tape holds together flower stems in bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, vases or containers. The stretchy, sticky tape wraps around the stems and floral wire to keep the flowers, greenery, and fillers in place within the arrangement. It can also stabilise the floral foam within the container. Floral tape comes in different colours such as green, brown, and white. It is waterproof and can be used with real and artificial flowers.

Floral Fillers

Floral fillers such as real greenery, artificial moss, cascading ivy, or dried branches shape and complement the arrangement. These fillers help to fill in the empty spaces in the arrangement. Baby's breath is a popular filler for rose bouquets. It is long-lasting and adds fullness and delicacy to the overall effect. Fillers frame the focal point (flowers) of the arrangement, creating an aesthetically pleasing picture. They also minimise the cost by reducing the amount of flowers in the arrangement.

Decorative Accents

Decorative accents add vibrant colours and personal style to any type of floral arrangement. Accents such as coloured gel beads, pebbles, and marbles can be placed in the bottom of a clear vase or container to disguise flower stems and floral foam. The coloured accents can be coordinated with the flower colours. Other decorative accents such as feathers and butterflies are placed in the arrangement to complement and coordinate with the flowers and greenery. They are inserted into the floral foam, adding subtle, elegant touches to the overall effect.

Ribbon

Ribbon wrapped around centrepieces, vases, baskets, bouquets, and bundles provide the finishing touch to any floral arrangement. The most popular types include satin, sheer, silk, twill, and raffia. Ribbon also discretely and delicately covers the holder or container's handle. It comes in different colours and sizes to coordinate with any flower colour or arrangement style. Wired ribbon is also used frequently in seasonal and funeral wreaths.

The following table examines the basic uses and features of the different types of floral supplies. This table does not include specific flower types.

Floral Supply Type

 Uses

Features

Foam or Oasis

Holds flowers, greenery, fillers, and decorative accents in position in the arrangement

Waterproof; available in different colours, shapes, sizes

Wire

Supports and secures flower stems, greenery, and fillers; may be used with tape

Different colours, coatings, gauges

Tape

Wraps around flower stems and holds them together; may be used with wire

Waterproof, different colours

Filler

Fills in empty spaces around flowers, foam, and in bottom of container

Real, artificial, or dried greenery, moss, branches

Container

Holds the entire arrangement in one place

Glass vases, ceramic or clay pots, wooden boxes, and straw baskets

Decorative Accent

Adds final touches to arrangement

Coloured gel beads, pebbles, marbles, feathers, butterflies, ribbon

The table above illustrates the basic uses for and key features of floral supplies. eBay offers a wide variety of floral supplies for any type of arrangement. The floral supplies listed on eBay complement and coordinate with real, dried, and artificial flowers. They come in different colours, shapes, and sizes to fit any budget or special occasion.

Other Considerations

The buyer should also select a sharp pair of pruning shears or scissors for cutting real or artificial stems, wire, foam, and tape. Real flowers also require a special floral preservative to prolong the life of the arrangement. The preservative is added to the water in the container and absorbed into the stems. Cellophane wraps around flower stems and bundles. It is used to cradle the flowers, and comes in different colours, and can be tied with brightly-coloured ribbon. Cellophane can also be used as a liner for baskets and boxes.

Assessing the eBay Seller

A buyer is able to sort the listings based on the status of the eBay seller. Those sellers with the highest feedback scores have earned the status of eBay Top-rated Seller.. The buyer can sort the listings such that the search engine only displays those listings posted by Top-rated Sellers. If the buyer goes into the seller's profile page, they are able to read feedback from previous customers. The buyer can also sort the listings based on the location of the seller. By entering a postcode and a search radius in miles, the buyer can limit the listings to only those posted by sellers in the buyer's local area.

Conclusion

Real and artificial floral arrangements add a distinctive touch to any memorable occasion. Their vibrant colours and unique shapes and sizes create a personalised works of art. These beautiful creations are crafted with the appropriate floral supplies. Floral supplies such as foam, or oasis, wire, and tape provide the groundwork, or foundation, for arranging the flowers, greenery, fillers, and decorative accents together in one container or holder.

When purchasing quality floral supplies on eBay, the buyer can create a personal masterpiece to display and share with others. The buyer can select floral supplies of specific colours, shapes, and sizes to coordinate with the specific types of flowers in the arrangement. The buyer can craft an arrangement for a wedding, a baby shower, dinner party, or holiday gathering. Flower arrangements can be given as gifts or simply displayed at home. eBay offers a large selection of floral supplies to appeal to any buyer's personal style and budget.

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