Is a Homecoming Mum Worth It?

Updated: May 31

A few years ago, a dad was sent to pick up a mum from me. Before he stepped out my door, he turned to me and asked, “Is it worth it?” I thought he was asking about ME, asking if all of my effort was worth the sleepless nights and chaos that is mum season. I can be clueless at times, particularly after long nights during mum season. As soon as he pulled away, I realized he was asking if the mum was worth the price he’d paid for it. If he were standing in front of me now, I’d say “Yes! It is!” It’s so much more than just a flower. I also know that what I charge may seem high for a thing that is worn one day. I’d like to take a few moments to account for the cost and value of a mum.

It's more than a flower and some ribbon

A homecoming mum is more than a one day fashion statement, it’s part of the fleeting memories of growing up. I have heard many comments from former customers about their mums hanging on their wall as part of the décor and how it reminds them of happy times. I

know women my age and older that still have their mums, along with their wedding dresses. They keep their mums because they help recall memories of old friends and school spirit.

Value is in the wallet of the beholder

Firstly, I would argue that ordering a mum from me is less expensive than buying supplies at a

craft store. A “base mum” at a craft store is $75. Add to that one ticket item, sticker letters, trinkets, chains, decorative ribbon, etc. and a glue gun if you don’t already own one and you’re spending $100 to $150 by the time you walk out of the craft store. This does not even factor in your time, effort and burned fingers.