Decorative Gourds for Decorating - Can I use them?

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Home Stager with Judy Heinrich Home Staging

I just purchased these decorative gourds from Sam's Club.  I've never bought them before.  I thought they might look good in a kitchen when staging.  Does anyone have any experience with these?  How long to they last, etc.?  I would hate to stage with them, then have them rot or something the next week.  If you have any advice, I'd love to hear it!

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Rhonda Hay Rawlins
Glastonbury Home Staging - Glastonbury, CT
Judy - We use them quite a bit here in Connecticut. Sometimes they are sold with shellac on them; which will preserve them for a while longer than usual. It is best to keep them in a cooler room, as with any kind of vegetaable they will rot. I love them they come in wonderful quirky shapes and sizes and the colors are so great. They do make artificial ones; you should be able to find them in a craft store, or even a places like Marshall's , Target etc

I would use those in your own home and get the artificial ones for any staging jobs.   
Oct 02, 2007 11:09 AM #1
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Gee Judy, those are pretty, why not?  I think though I'd keep it "season specific" so by Christmas might be time to change to something more christmassy!
Oct 02, 2007 12:40 PM #2
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Cindy Lin
Staged4more Home Staging & Redesigns // EcoJoe - South San Francisco, CA

I bought a squash 3 months ago and have been meaning to cook it.... It's still pristine. So I think they would work! Shellac may help to keep it longer too. I have actually been thinking about shellacing stale bread... What do you think? :)

Cheers,

Cindy*Staged4more

Oct 02, 2007 11:10 PM #3
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Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Rhonda - I love the quirky shapes and colors too!  I haven't come across any fake ones, I'll keep my eyes open for them.

Terry - That was one of my concerns (other than rotting)... I don't really want to have to change out decor.

Cindy - They do look a little shiney, maybe they have some kind of a coating on them already? I once staged with real bagettes.  I figured they'd just get hard and stale and that's exactly what they did.  No mold, nothing.  I even used them again in a second house.  I didn't even shellac them.

Oct 03, 2007 06:49 AM #4
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Cynthia Bartch
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Hi Judy,

If they are shiny they already have some form of protective coating. It wouldn't hurt to get a spray can of shellac or some other type of coating to re- spray just to be safe. But spray outside and cover your face w/ a mask like the painters use so you don't inhale the fumes.

I have used these and they last for many months, and they can give a rich, lush look to the kitchen. On the other hand, they definitely look out of place past Thanksgiving.

Oct 03, 2007 09:38 AM #5
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Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!
Judy,
These guys last forever! I bought some last year and I think I ended up throwing them out around February. Stage, stage, stage away with them!
Oct 03, 2007 09:46 AM #6
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Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Ok call me weird, but dont these vegetables look like they have a contagious disease!  lol

 

Oct 03, 2007 09:54 AM #7
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Lori Hakeem Oxley
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Tampa, FL

I agree with some of the other comments...they do last forever.  I'm sure you would want to change them for the season before they ever went bad.  I love them!!

 

 

Oct 03, 2007 10:06 AM #8
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Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta

I love using Gourds.  I picked up a bag at Costco for under $10. 

Yes, Marci, some do look a little ill.  Hid those at the bottom of the bowl. :)

Oct 03, 2007 10:14 AM #9
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Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA

Cynthia - Yes they would look odd after Thanksgiving!

Althea - good to know they last so long

Marci - You weirdo!  (JK)  They do look like they have a disease... but in a cool way!

Lori - That's probably why I wouldn't use them in staging... don't want to have to make an extra trip just to change them out

Oct 03, 2007 10:15 AM #10
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Marci Toliver
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Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging
Well- ok I know Im a weirdo - they look kind of cool but in a creepy way! lol
Oct 03, 2007 10:20 AM #11
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Judy Heinrich
Judy Heinrich Home Staging - San Diego, CA
I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder...  I picked the bag with the gourds with the most bumps!
Oct 03, 2007 10:56 AM #12
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Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

I think that these are neat for the fall season and used right (which I am sure you will) they can be very welcoming. People expect these little critters to look all bumpy and funny so I don't think it's too weird

Phyllis pafumi 

Oct 08, 2007 08:42 PM #13
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Judy,

I love the varying colors, textures, and shapes of these gourds and think they look so interesting!  Be sure to take a photo for us when you've staged with them, OK?

Oct 08, 2007 09:46 PM #14
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I think they would look fabulous in a kitchen.  Go ahead and use them.
Oct 08, 2007 09:49 PM #15
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Hi Judy,  I absolutely love these.  They look fantastic.  I am going to find these for my staging project right now.  Thanks for the idea.  Karen.
Oct 10, 2007 09:57 PM #16
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Monique

my mom grew oodles of them in her garden last year and this year.  put them outside with hay bales, pumpkins and the rest of her "fall harvest" display.  we got snow before she was ready to take them down, and ended up not doing so till spring.  they had rotted, of course, but not completely.  so we took them to the compost pile, where the seeds inside proceeded to sprout and now we have gourds growing out of the compost pile, too.  =)  they will last a long time, especially if you first clean the surface with a mild bleach/water solution (which you should do with all gourds that won't be used immediately, to prevent rot from the bacteria on the outside) then apply a coating of shellack or clear coat.  if you have your own garden you could remove the seeds, dry them and plant them next year.  be aware that gourds grow long vines and will climb onto anything, over a fence, through the fence, onto a trailer, up into nearby evergreen trees...

Sep 30, 2010 11:20 AM #17
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Phyllis McGinnis

Can you eat ornimental gourds, i have round yellow ones , green pair shape ones with littles bumps on them.

Jul 30, 2013 11:06 AM #18
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