Every time we go to spend a person on the last path or visit the left relatives, in memory of the memory of the memory of the memory of artificial flowers. This is a tradition, good, kind tradition.
And every time I get flowers directly in front of the cemetery, driving or passing through slim, dying paints, rows of merchants. What color only they do not have, for every taste, color and wallet.
There are 7 rubles, although … there are no such prices this year. The minimum price for the simplest flower begins with 10 rubles. There are 15, 25, 50 and even for 120 rubles. You can buy a wreath or a basket with flowers — here the price starts from 240 rubles and higher. In my native Magnitogorsk, the most expensive basket of artificial colors costs 1200 rubles.
You can, of course, buy live flowers, but the price of them is surrounded by a large number of zeros, so the absolute majority of buyers (and almost all stop at the birds of the rows) is limited to artificial colors.
It was always interesting for me who makes these flowers and how much he earns on such an unusual craft.
Today was lucky to learn about all questions of interest — met a friend with whom I studied at school. With Nikolai, we have not seen more than twenty years, after school I went to the institute on the teacher of history, Kolya moved to the business. So many years have passed, and we are engaged in handwork — I am glass, he knits (collects) flowers.
Yes, yes, yes, you did not hear, dear reader, Nikolai last in the city of the master — knitter of ritual colors.
Why the latter?
Because the flowers he collects pleasure, he likes to create non-standard compositions, bind everything into large baskets. And he does it only from love for the craft itself, since now there will be almost nothing on the colon assembly.
As always, China was to blame for everything. Today, artificial ritual flowers are much more profitable to bring from the subway, rather than collecting in Russia.
As I said, the cheapest ritual flower (1 head and 1 stem), which can be bought by the road, worth not less than 10 rubles. It is purchased in China by a large-scale price of 1 ruble 70 kopecks. Multicolor flowers that can be bought from minimum traders for 50 rubles, they are brought from China at a price of 8-12 rubles. A bouquet worth 300 rubles costs 85. The basket for 700 is purchased at 170 — 250 p.
The only thing that is not purchased in China is wreaths. These are large products, and they are much easier to collect them from Chinese «components» in Russia. The cost of a wreath for 1200 is 540 rubles. It is such wreaths and collects Nikolai in the ritual agency. For this they pay 35,000 per month.
His wife trades Chinese flowers in the shop leased on the cemetery, the total income from sales ranges from 25 thousand in the winter months to 1200 thousand in spring (in the parent), in the summer, net income does not exceed 120-150 thousand. 90% of all colors are Chinese and only 10% — the colors that Nikolai collected personally.
The peak of profits of masters-knitters of flowers came in the mid-2000s, when there was no compound of Chinese goods. The master worked around the round day, even in winter — by spring all the flowers were reserved from the sellers and shipped.
For the spring, all goods sold out, and the average monthly income was from 400 to 700 thousand rubles. Plus, the same amount gave trade in his shop. Today, you can only dream about such profits, but in any case,
Most masters flowers for ritual purposes does not collect. Someone left this sphere in general and with artificial flowers no longer «friendly», someone took up exclusively to the sale. The most experienced masters moved into an adjacent industry — the creation of flower compositions for offices, private companies and enterprises.