Startup container supplier business
I am considering a startup business in an affluent New England area to provide wholesale containers to landscape designers, architects, and interior designer etc. The plan is to have a display "yard" and storage at my own residence.(2 acres)
I currently live in a southern state and find there is a year-round demand for large pieces of quality clay and concrete, as well as statuary and fountains. I would also like to offer high end metalworks/wooden pergolas, arbors. It is not my intention to sell retail.
My concern is weatherizing containers-is it a problem and therefore cutting the demand? It seems like pieces that are "frost-proof"(limestone, granite, etc) are prohibitively expensive.
A friend in Connecticut who is a landscape designer says there is not a demand for containers. I looked around in her area and just didn't find any large pots/planters(36"H x 24"D or larger)Anyone out there have input?