I’m a browser. I love to shop, but I don’t necessarily want to buy. I’m not always looking for a great deal, the find or anything else. Sometimes I’m just looking.
If you look long enough, you eventually find things.
Antique shows, garage sales, swap meets, vide-greniers, flea markets, brocantes, tag sales. Call them what you will, but they’re basically old stuff for sale. Price negotiable. Caveat emptor: buyer be ware.
In my thousands of browsing expeditions, I’ve seen hundreds of small, glass half-circles with lots of little holes on top: flower frogs. Priced anywhere from $3-50, clear to pale pink to blues and greens and blacks. Even swirly multi-colored frogs. Tennis to soft ball sizes.
For years and years I passed them by, then one time in Paris at a weekend street brocante, the brocanteur displayed his glass frog next to his cash box, with several pens and pencils poking out of the holes, like little flowers.
Voilà: a gift was born
- I travel frequently and need host and hostess gifts. The flower frog is the perfect man-tique host gift. It’s small, practical, unique and not too expensive. Good chance he doesn’t already have one. Much nicer desk accessory than the standard pencil box. A conversation piece. And not too fragile or large or heavy to carry to your hosts’ home.
- A slightly smaller version is a perfect hostess gift: a brilliant display and storage container for makeup brushes: they’re easily identifiable and allow the brushes to dry properly after cleaning.
- They’re also great for arranging and displaying flowers! While a single glass frog artfully arranges flowers in a vase, who needs the vase! These glass frogs are pretty enough to display the flowers, and the holes hold enough water for the evening.
- Once you’ve started hunting flower frogs down, it can easily become a passion. Don’t stop at one. Run a collection of glass frogs, different colors and sizes if you like, down the center of your dining room table. They can display flowers, thin candlesticks, chopsticks, breadsticks, sparklers, flags: be creative!
- Know someone who crochets? No more searching for the right size crochet hook.
- Kids craft table? Store crayons, markers or paintbrushes.
I try never to pay over $10 for a frog, it depends how badly I need it and how many others I’ve seen for sale that day. Glass flower frogs are a great gift to stock up on for your gift drawer!
Moi note: Why are these flower holders called frogs? After doing some online research, the best answer I found was: a patent was issued in the 1940s where it listed this was a holder of flowers and sat in water like a frog. Thus the name stuck. Other articles attribute the history of flower frogs back to the 1600s. Moi has a delft brick flower frog I bought in Delft, Holland many years ago.