A THONGSBRIDGE company has a new collection of vases for sale.
But homeowners would be hard-pushed to fit giant sunflowers in them, let alone a display of regular-sized flowers.
For the vases are so big that they make even people look tiny in comparison – standing tall at a whopping 13ft.
The Chinese-made vases weigh two tons and require a forklift truck, crane and the strength of six men to shift them. They also come with a hefty price tag, costing £2,000 each.
But despite being seemingly impractical, they are flying off the shelves at Colour Range.
As well as being the star attraction for visitors to the company, which specialises in ornamental and architectural garden furnishings, the vases are in huge demand with businesses and millionaires all over the country.
Paul Skirrow, the company’s director, said: “They are very popular and of our latest batch we’ve got only one left.
“Four have gone to a local millionaire, who had two to stand on either side of his entrance and another two to stand by his pool! We’ve also had a lot of hotels and restaurants showing interest in the vases as well as a couple of footballers who want them for their homes.
“We’re expecting them to go pretty quickly again when we get a new delivery in from China soon.
“They are lovely to look at for the customers when they are walking around the site and they are proving quite an attraction – they go well with the huge cast iron lions we’ve got that are the size of a Transit van!”
So what on earth to you do with these massive vases? Paul has a few ideas. “I don’t think you could put flowers or plant up plants in them – you could stand in one if you wanted to!
“They could be used as something different to make an impact at weddings, or for parks – they’re the type of thing you would find at Beaumont Park.
“The whole idea of them is that they make a real statement and get attention.”