San Francisco Flower Market (wholesale)

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@valeried316:  I’m there all the time, since that’s where I get most of my flowers for events. Pricing varies depending on the vendor, season, and type of flower. What are you most interested in? Also, many of the vendors will not sell to you without a wholesaler’s badge number (or will only do so after a certain time of the day, when most of the vendors have packed up and closed).

Post # 5
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@valeried316:  You can get white flowers any time of the year; it’s just types that will vary by season. White is the most popular color for weddings, so you may have less to choose from if you buy during retail hours (since designers with wholesaler badges will have gotten first pick on the day you come). I’d go to buy for your event on a Thursday at about 9 AM; Thursdays tend to be less busy than Wednesday or Friday and anyone who is going to sell to retail customers will be open by then. The market is open on Saturdays but I’ve never been there on a Saturday so I’m not sure how many vendors will be open. Parking is free on Bryant between 5th and 6th; there’s also metered parking on 5th or it costs $5 to park in the lot. You will have to ask individual vendors for pricing on each flower type, since I think only one or two of the vendors post prices. Also remember that flowers sold wholesale will not be prepared for use; many flower types will be in bud form rather than open, roses will have leaves and thorns and everything else will have leaves. Also, many of the flowers will not come wrapped in plastic like you might find at a grocery store but vendors at the market will wrap your purchases for you in newspaper and twine to protect them. Hope this helps; feel free to email me if you have other questions about DIY flower stuff. emily at greensnapdragon dot com.

Post # 8
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59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Regular-sized white callas or mini callas? I think you could probably get those same flowers for cheaper at the flower market, and they’ll be fresher than what you’d get from Costco (which is probably grown in/shipped from Central America). But like I said, white is most popular and so you might have to buy from a few vendors to get as much as you need. I typically see white hydrangeas for $1/stem, mini callas for $2-2.50, the larger white callas for $1-2. Mini callas are usually cheaper at Trader Joe’s but there’s no color guarantee. Also keep in mind that hydrangeas can be temperamental and you will want to make sure you have enough buckets to keep them hydrated for your drive back to wherever you live and while waiting to arrange them, and learn how to care for them so they stay looking nice.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I went to the Flower District (in LA though, not SF) and they had centerpieces that I loved and that were more extravagent than the ones I’ve been thinking of for $25/each.  I’m actually going back there on Saturday to get some more ideas…I know it isn’t the SF one, but i figure both are expensive parts of Cali, so i’m sure its somewhat similar! haha

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

@hazyleyedbeauty:  There won’t be premade centerpieces at the SF flower market, but there will be some premade bouquets with the kinds of flowers you’d find in a grocery store.

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