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Old 10-18-2016, 11:01 AM
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I've been sending a few flower arrangements lately and wow they are pricy. $50 for the flowers, $25 delivery, $15 for handling, $13 for tax? Out of control! I try to use local florists but sometimes hard to find them. Anyone have a solution?
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:00 PM
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Groupon and 800 flowers were a rip off to me

Cheesy chincy arrangements for what you pay

If you are sending to same place work hard to find a little local

Pick up if possible
I found a local one near my house that has cash and carry dozen roses for $10
I know the truck comes Wednesday so thurs I go and pick out gorgeous dozen
These things last 2-3 weeks and get me mega points w the GF
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:08 PM
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I got to know the florist at our local Farm Fresh grocery store. My wife likes a type of Lily and he fixes me a bunch anytime I call for under $15. They last about two weeks.
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My wife absolutely loves the farmers market type flowers ... And they are a lot better quality then 800flowers or the like.

Between them and the local flower shop it's great.

I'll never use website flowers again.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:53 PM
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Pick 'em up at the local market. $12-29.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:59 PM
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Flowers from my local small farmers market.......you get a hell of a bouquet for 15 bucks
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Local mom and pop or farmers market, those 1-800 places are a total rip off. If you must order online then Bouqs gets my vote, learned about it from another THT member last year...
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:46 PM
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Trader Joe's if you don't need them delivered. I'm looking a a big bouquet of beautiful roses I got there last week.......$7.99.
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I should have mentioned I usually go to Whole Foods, $12 and they last. These have been going cross country so can't pick up
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:54 PM
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I used to own a florist (ok my now ex-wife owned it, but it was half mine). Back then (pre-internet) your choice was pretty much going into your local florist, giving them an address and they would use one of the wire services like Telefora or FTD to find a florist in that city. You get a cut and they get most of the money. You also got a directory and could use it to get numbers outside of the system, but would pay with a credit card - worked well for personal orders. My advice is to search for florists on the receiving side that are close to the address, check out the website and give them a call.
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:07 PM
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You guys buy flowers? Way back when, I met this girl and we started dating. Come Valentines Day I did what any good, red-blooded, American hound dog would do - I bought her flowers. She asked me why I got flowers, thought they were a waste of money, etc. I thought to myself "I gotta marry this chick". Just celebrated 28 years last month. I know I'm lucky.
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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
You guys buy flowers? Way back when, I met this girl and we started dating. Come Valentines Day I did what any good, red-blooded, American hound dog would do - I bought her flowers. She asked me why I got flowers, thought they were a waste of money, etc. I thought to myself "I gotta marry this chick". Just celebrated 28 years last month. I know I'm lucky.

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Originally Posted by OReely View Post
You guys buy flowers? Way back when, I met this girl and we started dating. Come Valentines Day I did what any good, red-blooded, American hound dog would do - I bought her flowers. She asked me why I got flowers, thought they were a waste of money, etc. I thought to myself "I gotta marry this chick". Just celebrated 28 years last month. I know I'm lucky.
My wife also hates flowers. She will throw out the entire box unopened if somebody sends them to her. Add in her very lite alcohol consumption and I have saved millions these last 8 years.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:47 PM
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Overseen a florist business for a couple of years. Very disappointing was the actual connectivity. Story after story about nurses throwing fresh flowers in the trash. Just saying, send your nurse girlfriend something other.
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Old 10-18-2016, 08:01 PM
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If sending flowers to a hospital patient. Hyacinch dose a good job overcoming the hospital cleaning agents and are available as pushed from top florist.
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Old 10-19-2016, 09:19 AM
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We owned a flower store for about 5 years (my wife is an FTD master florist along with being a home builder) and the first thing you need to understand is "wired" flowers are at the mercy of the local store that received the "wire in". The company, whether it is FTD, Telaflora or any of the internet operations does have some standards but it is basically that the arrangement look similar to the picture within the limits of what flowers are available locally. Your best bet is to find a local florist near the recipient and call them directly. People will usually like the style of particular designers if they are knowledgeable enough to know the difference. A good designer can make a nice arrangement with stuff they find growing wild (AKA Roadsidia).
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:50 PM
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Agree with going local to the delivery spot if you can. Depends on occasion. For long distance I have found Costco online to be pretty good.
Personally have never known a woman who didn't like flowers, so I've ordered and bought them a lot becuase I am totally lame at presents.
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