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More people are interested in buying locally made products than ever before. You can capitalize on many consumers’ return to local shopping by emphasizing that all components of your furniture are made in the United States, or in your town or area. The same applies to handmade goods. Individuals who are tired of mass-produced goods are often the same people who are interested in buying locally. Given this climate, it is a good time to start a handmade furniture business.

Where to buy plants online

Greenery delivered to your door

You’ve probably read by now that houseplants are an easy way to liven up a space while purifying the air too. But then what? Where can you get some for your home?

Besides brick-and-mortar options like the big-box retailer garden centers and local plant nurseries and shops, you can also find plenty of greenery that can be ordered online and shipped directly to your door. In fact, even big boxes, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, offer an online selection of indoor plants available for delivery.

Below, we round up some of the best places to buy houseplants online right now. Before you dive in, check out our guide to ordering plants online. (Like the look but just not ready to house a living thing? We hear Urban Outfitters offers an intriguing line of faux plants.)

Amazon

Yup! The ecommerce giant has a plant store now. Shop it as you would any other Amazon department: Browse by category (garden/patio, indoor, gifts, etc.), sort by price or rating, and look out for that handy blue “prime” label indicating free shipping.

Bloomscape

Launched this spring, Bloomscape offers potted plants delivered straight to your door (in the continental U.S. anyway),...


Greenery delivered to your door

You’ve probably read by now that houseplants are an easy way to liven up a space while purifying the air too. But then what? Where can you get some for your home?

Besides brick-and-mortar options like the big-box retailer garden centers and local plant nurseries and shops, you can also find plenty of greenery that can be ordered online and shipped directly to your door. In fact, even big boxes, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, offer an online selection of indoor plants available for delivery.

Below, we round up some of the best places to buy houseplants online right now. Before you dive in, check out our guide to ordering plants online. (Like the look but just not ready to house a living thing? We hear Urban Outfitters offers an intriguing line of faux plants.)

Amazon

Yup! The ecommerce giant has a plant store now. Shop it as you would any other Amazon department: Browse by category (garden/patio, indoor, gifts, etc.), sort by price or rating, and look out for that handy blue “prime” label indicating free shipping.

Bloomscape

Launched this spring, Bloomscape offers potted plants delivered straight to your door (in the continental U.S. anyway), proper drainage and detailed care instructions included. Bloomscape’s selection ranges from tiny one-foot-tall plants for your window sill to “extra-large” statement plants that reach three to five feet tall. Bonus: A “Plant Mom” who’ll answer your plant care questions by email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Garden Goods Direct

While Garden Goods Direct offers everything from flowers to trees and shrubs, it does have a robust houseplant section where you can get aloe vera, anthurium, jade pothos, and more. The website comes with detailed plant and care info. Do watch out for shipping restrictions by state.

 Greenery NYC
Philodendron Prince Of Orange and Norden Goods Planter in White Speckle, $60.
 Greenery NYC
Bird Of Paradise Plant and Cement Fiberstone Egg Pot, $200.

Greenery NYC

Greenery NYC is an interior plant design studio but it also offers a good range of plants à la carte online, including pet-friendly and low-maintenance varieties. Each plant usually comes with a handful of covetable planter options. Note: Only desktop plants are available for shipping nationwide; floor plants are only delivered to NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens).

Hot Cactus

For those who love—love—cacti, look to this LA-based purveyor of rare desert plants. Hot Cactus descended on New York City last summer with a pop-up greenhouse filled with 1,000 cacti, and then opened an online store last fall. New specimens are added each week.

ProPlants

Owned by the same company as ProFlowers, ProPlants is an 1-800-Flowers type of site that lets you browse by occasion and recipient. So this is a good place to browse plant gift ideas. The site also has a “Breathe Happier” collection that curates plants particular good at cleaning the air, such as snake plants and a variety of pothos.

 Terrain
Pilea peperomioides, Barrel Pot, $58.
 Terrain
Giant Tillandsia, $60.

Terrain

Terrain is Anthropologie’s garden brand, so you know the offerings are going to be a bit crafty and twee. Think succulent gardens in wooden troughs and olive trees in rustic metal pots.

The Sill

The Sill has been shipping plants to customers’ doors since 2012. The shop now has two physical locations in New York City, and of course, a wide selection at its revamped online store, where you can browse houseplants by size and categories like low light or pet-friendly. Products start at just $5 and come with a 30-day return policy.

Did we miss something? Share your favorite places to buy plants online in the comments below.

Greenery delivered to your door

You’ve probably read by now that houseplants are an easy way to liven up a space while purifying the air too. But then what? Where can you get some for your home?

Besides brick-and-mortar options like the big-box retailer garden centers and local plant nurseries and shops, you can also find plenty of greenery that can be ordered online and shipped directly to your door. In fact, even big boxes, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, offer an online selection of indoor plants available for delivery.

Below, we round up some of the best places to buy houseplants online right now. Before you dive in, check out our guide to ordering plants online. (Like the look but just not ready to house a living thing? We hear Urban Outfitters offers an intriguing line of faux plants.)

Amazon

Yup! The ecommerce giant has a plant store now. Shop it as you would any other Amazon department: Browse by category (garden/patio, indoor, gifts, etc.), sort by price or rating, and look out for that handy blue “prime” label indicating free shipping.

Bloomscape

Launched this spring, Bloomscape offers potted plants delivered straight to your door (in the continental U.S. anyway), proper drainage and detailed care instructions included. Bloomscape’s selection ranges from tiny one-foot-tall plants for your window sill to “extra-large” statement plants that reach three to five feet tall. Bonus: A “Plant Mom” who’ll answer your plant care questions by email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Garden Goods Direct

While Garden Goods Direct offers everything from flowers to trees and shrubs, it does have a robust houseplant section where you can get aloe vera, anthurium, jade pothos, and more. The website comes with detailed plant and care info. Do watch out for shipping restrictions by state.

 Greenery NYC
Philodendron Prince Of Orange and Norden Goods Planter in White Speckle, $60.
 Greenery NYC
Bird Of Paradise Plant and Cement Fiberstone Egg Pot, $200.

Greenery NYC

Greenery NYC is an interior plant design studio but it also offers a good range of plants à la carte online, including pet-friendly and low-maintenance varieties. Each plant usually comes with a handful of covetable planter options. Note: Only desktop plants are available for shipping nationwide; floor plants are only delivered to NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens).

Hot Cactus

For those who love—love—cacti, look to this LA-based purveyor of rare desert plants. Hot Cactus descended on New York City last summer with a pop-up greenhouse filled with 1,000 cacti, and then opened an online store last fall. New specimens are added each week.

ProPlants

Owned by the same company as ProFlowers, ProPlants is an 1-800-Flowers type of site that lets you browse by occasion and recipient. So this is a good place to browse plant gift ideas. The site also has a “Breathe Happier” collection that curates plants particular good at cleaning the air, such as snake plants and a variety of pothos.

 Terrain
Pilea peperomioides, Barrel Pot, $58.
 Terrain
Giant Tillandsia, $60.

Terrain

Terrain is Anthropologie’s garden brand, so you know the offerings are going to be a bit crafty and twee. Think succulent gardens in wooden troughs and olive trees in rustic metal pots.

The Sill

The Sill has been shipping plants to customers’ doors since 2012. The shop now has two physical locations in New York City, and of course, a wide selection at its revamped online store, where you can browse houseplants by size and categories like low light or pet-friendly. Products start at just $5 and come with a 30-day return policy.

Did we miss something? Share your favorite places to buy plants online in the comments below.


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Give your business a name. Name your business something that indicates what you sell. This will come in handy later on, when you are marketing your business and want people to associate your business name with handmade furniture.
File a DBA, which stands for “doing business as,” at your local county clerk’s office. You may want to do a search to ensure that no other business in your town is operating under the same name. If you live in a large metropolitan area, a search is a necessity.
Create a line of furniture. You’ll need to have models of each piece of furniture that you intend to sell, so that customers can easily visualize what you have to offer. Add to your furniture line each year so that your stock stays fresh and on-trend.