Where can I sell my pine cones? I live in Canada in British Columbia in the Okanagan. I have access to a lot of pine cones and want to start selling them in their natural state. Can you help suggest any place that buys them. Thanks so much.
Have you considered bagging them up neatly and maybe even with a pretty ribbon and taking them in person to a craft shop or farmers market? We have a farmers market here and I found out they do not have to pay a fee to sit with their goods or produce on their trucks or card table.
They sell a variety of items so you never know. Try taking a couple bags in your trunk and a folding chair if you have one in your town or close by to "test the water" (so to speak). You might get lucky and actually enjoy yourself while making a little cash on the side.
Here's where to try to find one near you:
Here's some info about BC farmers Markets: bcfarmersmarket.org
Another thing you could do is to contact the florists around you. They buy them in my area to make holiday center pieces. (09/09/2008)
I would go to the florist wholesalers, and you could probably sell a lot. They may also buy pine cone wreaths. I have seen the wire wreaths, you soak the pine cones in water first and then it is easier to put the cones on the wire without having to wire them on. When they dry they shrink onto the wire and secure themselves. You might get a better price for the wreaths.
I lived in Tucson, AZ for three years. Each year, I got a month off to take a trip up here to Salem, OR to visit friends and family. On my way back, I happened to find a stand of sugar pines along a seldom traveled road in Oregon, just before you drop down into CA. If you know anything about sugar pine cones and Arizona, you know that one is seldom if ever seen in AZ, much less accessible.
I would pick them up on my way home, and about October, advertise them in the local free paper. For a price, they paid gladly, by the way, I sold each and everyone in about 4 hours. This would be my Christmas money for that year, and I put the rest in the bank for the next trip.
If you can take a nice photo, advertise them in the Craigslist listing in places like Tucson, Phoenix, Yuma, and places that can't get them. (09/11/2008)
Here in Ontario our Ministry of Natural Resources paid for pine cones. This was a few years ago, mind you, but do you have a Ministry dept. that you could check with perhaps? (01/07/2009)
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