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Old 06-30-2015, 03:23 PM
 
Location: USA
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What would be the best store in US to buy containers for cheap?

I am about to plant 5-6 more veggie plants and I need containers for that. I went and checked at Walmart and the containers I need are about $6+. I was wondering if there is any other store where I can get containers lesser than this. I had made some out of milk cans, but I am out of milk cans as well now.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I found some great containers two years ago at Ollie's Bargain Outlet and sometimes any of the cheapo big box stores will get shipments in. You might have to drill holes in the bottom and you need to check carefully for cracks, chips, etc.
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Old 06-30-2015, 08:31 PM
 
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They can frequently be found at thrift stores too.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I would try both the thrift stores and garage sales. In fact I think I might give a few garage sales a shot today or tomorrow.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Check places like Old Time Pottery and Big Lots also, if you have access to them. Like NK said - be sure to check for cracks and nicks. If you do buy something at a yard sale or a thrift store - I would sterilize it before I planted anything in it - just to be sure you aren't inheriting anything that might kill whatever you intend to plant.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Not sure if you mean "containers" as the storage kind or just pots.

I got these free. Some from garage sales in their garbage pile, some from neighbors planting their shrubs/trees, some from nurseries that are about to recycle them.

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Old 07-01-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Regular privately owned plant nurseries, usually full service nurseries, (they do landscaping work), sell the black containers that above poster has his plants in for very little money.
I got a lot of really nice big containers from a private nursery by my home, they always have them.
Just look up online to see the closest private nursery near you, you can use your zip code in the search, and you will be surprised at the selection they have, most nurseries would be happy to either give you the containers, or charge very little for them.
Or, if you don't want to do that, you could always you Home Depo 5 gallon buckets, they are orange, they sell them for 2.97 each at any store. They are great for tomatoes.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't know what size you need.

Bakeries will often sell the 5 gallon buckets that frosting comes in Normally somewhere around 50 cents each. Those are food grade and big enough for most veggie plants. You just drill a couple of drain holes in teh bottom of them.
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Old 07-01-2015, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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paint cans(commercial) ,drywall mud cans, any builder supply cans, nursery pots, recycle bins..all can be used you just have to drill holes in the bottom.
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Old 07-01-2015, 06:36 PM
 
Location: USA
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Went and checked at home depot and they didn't had anything they wanted to recycle. However their orange gallon cans were for couple of bucks and big enough for most of veggie plants. I thought of checking out at walmart before buying those. I got just one frosting can from there which they wanted to recycle. Got few from thrift store. I will definitely check out nursery though. I am interested in growing more plants, but worried as well since I am planting stuff late and weather here will start freezing up after few months.
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