Flower vendors expect brisk sales

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

VENDORS selling flowers and candles at the Ganza parking lot are expecting increased sales two days before All Saints' Day.

For flower vendor Cynthia Diplat, demand for flowers and flower arrangements increase 3-4 days before the annual pilgrimage of people to cemeteries and memorial parks.

Diplat said while they prefer to sell along Harrison Road due to its access and visibility to consumers, the current location of their stalls at the former pay-parking site is safer.


She said they need not worry about night market vendors obstructing their items at night.

"Dito po mas kampante kami na secured and safe kami na makakapagbenta ng bulaklak," she stressed.

Flower vendors said compared to the previous year’s supply, the lack of destructive typhoons and strong rains resulted to ample supply of blooms.

Roses, which they source from Barangay Bahong in La Trinidad, costs around P100 per dozen while Anthuriums fetch as high as P200 per dozen. Flowers such as Malaysian mums cost P80 to P100 per dozen while Yellow Balls cost P60 to P80 per dozen.

Orchids, on the other hand, could go as high as P500 per dozen while local Chrysanthemums cost P80 to P120 per dozen.

Flower arrangements, meanwhile, have more reasonable rates for as low as P50 for a small potted arrangement to as high as P250 to P500 per arrangement which includes the bamboo or wooden stand and other ornamental blooms and decorations.

While they claim prices for the flowers are expensive this week, they stressed this is the only time they could earn this much as compared to Panagbenga month or Valentine’s Day.

Candle vendor Mencias Ambigya, meanwhile, said sales oftentimes are either a hit or miss.

"It's a risk we have to take in order to live. We cannot compete with department stores when it comes to supply but we can compete with the quality and the design of our candles which are all imported," he said in the local Ilokano language.

But he stressed the candles he sells comes in assorted designs and colors to choose from with prices ranging from the cheapest P30 per pack to as high as P150 for beautifully crafted candles.

City Treasurer Alicia Onoza said they have some 170 stalls available for rent to flower and candle traders.

She added some 150 stalls are already reserved by flower and candle vendors and will be paying the city P650 for their one week stay.

The city dues, she said, covers garbage fees, mayor's permit, electricity and other maintenance costs for the use of area. Registered vendors will be occupying 1.5 meters by 2 meters area as she urged traders to maintain cleanliness in the trade area until Saturday.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 30, 2013.

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