Bonsai can be a pretty expensive hobby if you want it to be. I don't have a lot of expendable income so I try to make it as inexpensive as possible. After all it all I do it for fun. I do however, want to present the bonsai in the best light possible. I do not want my bonsai to look shabby or unkempt.
A store my brother introduced me to last year is Daiso Japan. This store has tools to art supplies, snacks, to slippers and everything inbetween
The base price for almost everything in the store is $1.50 U.S. There are things that are more expensive however, these are marked as such. The section that I visit the most is the gardening section. My favorite products from that section are as following:
These pots are about 6 inches wide. They are made from terracotta and have a glaze/ The two shapes that I have seen are rectangular and oval. They tend to be colored on the cool side. Are these pots show worthy? Of course not. Would I use these as training pots? Oh heck yeah. I use terracotta pots for many things. Bonsai terracotta pots are great for training pots. Or when you want to give a bonsai away but do not want to give up the pot now you have a solution.
You can get three sizes of aluminum wire for for the standard Daiso price. I did not notice that my picture was just of two sizes. The sizes are 1mm, 3mm, and i believe 5mm. This is wire intended for use on plants. I have used it and found no difference to the stuff I buy at the bonsai nurseries. The only drawback is that sometimes it's in short supply.
I bought two different size sieves. A one for large particles and one for smaller ones to go through. These are good for sifting through hard soil materials to get the desired size for soil recipes.
This round beauty is the mesh that the japanese love to put in the holes in there pots. It is small and rigid. I find it easier to use than the softer white stuff. Also, Depending on the size of the pot I do not have to use wire to keep it in place.
They have an aisle with saki cups and teacups. These are very pretty and with a masonry bit can be transformed into pots. But that's a subject for a different post. Cheers.