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North Texas and Garland in particular is a great place for growing edibles the year round.

Here are a few plants that I’ve had great success with.  This list is a tiny, infinitesimal example of the possibility of growing green year round.

 1. Austrian Winter peas

Austrian Winter Peas--The ultimate "win-win" green for a North Texas garden--even if you don't like to garden in the Winter.  This lush plant makes a beautiful lush nitrogen-fixing cover crop that you can even eat.  The leaves are tasty in a salad or in a stir fry.  All you need to do is scatter some seeds and forget it.  If you want to eat some, that's fine too.  There will be plenty left to turn under in the spring.

(Pisum sativum) annual – These are a proven keeper for our North Texas area. They make an excellent cover crop to enhance the quality of the soil as they are nitrogen fixers and they meet one of my basic requirements for all plants—easy to grow.  I don’t like to fuss around with plants.   They are also known as field peas, one of the oldest domesticated crops, cultivated for at least 7,000 years.

Here in North Texas you can plant them anytime from mid-September up through the end of February.  Depending on the year they will die out in the spring (March or April).  They do not like the heat but are a GREAT plant for your garden for the winter the leaves and young stems are great in salad and some folks like to stir fry them.  I planted some seeds at the Garland Community Garden in mid December and they are thriving a month later.

 

2.  Cardoon

Cardoon at the Garland Community Garden.  I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person in Garland who eats cardoon.

(Cynara cardunculus) perennial We have been successfully growing cardoon down at the Garland Community Garden for over a year now.  Found in the wild along the Mediterranean, from Morocco and Portugal to Libya and Croatia, cardoon is a thistle that tastes like a bitter version of an artichoke with small, prickly flower heads. You can only purchase cardoon at high-end grocery stores.  Unlike an artichoke, you eat the stems, not the flower buds. The edible part looks like a celery stalk.  I like to eat the stalks raw. The stalks require some preparation even before eating raw.  The outer skin of the stalk must be removed and then the stalks soaked in water before consuming. Soak a day ahead covered in the refrigerator.  They can then be dipped like celery sticks into hummus.  A traditional Italian way is to dip them in anchovy paste.  I like cardoon because it is a perennial that looks good in the garden from October through May or June.  In the heat of the summer it fades away, only to return again in the fall. 

 

3. All kinds of Greens:

 

Turnips gathered from my garden this morning.

Mustard Greens, turnips, bok choy, kale, broccoli and arugula are some that I grow successfully in my yard as well as at the Garland Community Garden.  And of course there is rosemary—always beautiful green year-round plant for your garden. As far as root crops go, I have the best of luck with the smaller varieties.  With carrots, the shorter the length of the carrot, the better they do in our heavy clay soil—even if it has been amended.  Muscade and  Nantes Scarlet are two varieties of carrots that I’ve had great success with.

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Pigeon pea and pea pods from bush in a pot in my front yard.  I gathered them this morning.  As you can see, the pods are short and narrow, containing on average five small peas, about the size of a lentil.

SPECIAL NOTE ON Pigeon Pea-  (Cajanus cajan)

Although not totally winter hardy, the pigeon pea another lovely showy plant for your vegetable garden or patio from mid-April until the first killing frost in November. Since its domestication in the Indian subcontinent at least 3,500 years ago, its seeds have become a common food in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is consumed on a large scale mainly in south Asia and is a major source of protein for the population of the Indian subcontinent.  The pigeon pea is a lovely plant for your garden.

We have grown this extremely drought tolerant plant at the Garland Community Garden where they grew up as small trees/shrubs about 7 feet tall.  They make lovely flowers, loved by pollinators and last from June through the first killing frost.  In warmer parts of the world they are perennials, but here in North Texas they are annuals.  Although they can be grown in a large pot (one plant to a pot) and brought inside when temperatures drop to below 32 F. (I know because I did that in 2018 and 2019)

The peas in the pods from our species are brown and similar in size to a lentil; however other species also make green and yellow peas.  The plants are quite productive; however, it’s labor intensive to shell the peas as they are so small and grow no more than five small peas in their pods.

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Once again Loving Garland Green, stewards of the Garland Community Garden, are participating in Journey North’s international citizen science project with tulips to measure climate change across the globe. On January 5 at 4PM they planted 50 Red Emperor Tulip bulbs.  Garland is now officially on the Journey North's map as Jane Stroud, President Loving Garland Green recorded the planting of 50 Red Emperor bulbs at the Garland Community Garden on Journey North’s website. Hundreds of people across the Northern Hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in Test Gardens. They will record when and where tulips will emerge and bloom in their own gardens and across the globe.  The database of this information will in turn help scientists in better understanding the impact of climate change.

Tracking the Spring Season

The database of this information will in turn help scientists in better understanding the impact of climate change.  When citizen scientists report from their garden — planting, emergence, and bloom — the record appears on the Journey North Test Garden map. One garden at a time, tulips emerge as the map tracks the wave of spring across the Northern Hemisphere.  https://journeynorth.org/tulips

Opportunity For Learning

This citizen science project is also a great opportunity for learning for school children.  At least one local Garland elementary school, Parkcrest Elementary, is participating in this project at their school.  They are planting tulip bulbs in their school garden.  Along with the tulips there will be an associated curriculum and related lesson plans.  For example, students will dissect a tulip bulb to learn all about its inside story—the specialized plant storage structure that contains everything the plant needs to survive winter and grow in the spring. Members of Loving Garland Green are planning a Tulip event for students at the Garden as well.  This event will take place in mid-February—about the time tulips start peeking up through the earth.

A Few Interesting Facts About Tulips

Did you know that tulip petals are edible? They have an onion taste. It's hard to imagine, but people also made tulip bread and tulip wine. The Dutch are responsible for the breeding of today's tulips and are the leading exporters of the bulbs - around 6 billion bulbs annually.

A period known as "tulip mania" occurred in the1600’s in Holland. It is now regarded as the first economic bubble collapse. At its high point, bulbs were used as a form of currency.

Tulips are sweetly scented! And no wonder! The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love. Red tulips such as the emperor tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty.

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Photo from Carol Currie and Janell Jenkins, Board members of Garland Area Makerspace

Tree of Lanterns of Gratitude - Garland Community Garden, Garland, Texas

The Winter Solstice event hosted jointly by Loving Garland Green and the Garland Area Makerspace was a success.  Instead of stockings, lanterns (made from recycled soda cans) were hung with care at the Garland Community Garden.

In addition to adding lanterns to the tree, visitors took their photos and photos of their children in front of "Garden Wings",, a participatory art installation at the garden.  While we can't guarantee this will make them better gardeners in 2019, it will remind them that we often soar to new heights on wings of knowledge, experience and caring from others.

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You are invited to join members of Loving Garland Green and participate in the first Wings for Our Community event.  “Wings” was born as a fundraiser concept for the Garland Area Makerspace. Loving Garland Green, stewards of the Garland Community Garden, are supporting us in testing Wings.  Our idea is to put wings all over Garland. People can pose with the wings and donate money to help manifest a space for the Garland Area Makerspace.

As our concept broadens and becomes more community inclusive, it has occurred to us that any nonprofit in our community can also have their own wings.

Each pair of wings will be unique to the maker/artists, but they will all loosely follow a format of being 8 feet tall and with feathers for their outer edges.  The body of the wings will consist of related objects.  For example, Garden Wings, shown above has various representations of organic matter.  Soon we will have a pair of “Maker Wings.”  These wings will feature people and tools.

The idea behind "Wings" is remembering and recognizing all the wings we are given in the form of people and tools that enable us to soar to heights we might otherwise have never been able to.   At this event, each person who wants to will be given a lantern and an LED candle to put inside the lantern and attach to a structure in the garden. These lanterns are in remembrance and gratitude for people in our lives who have provided wings for us to soar.

There will also be markers at the event for those who want to write the names of these people on their lanterns.

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Note:  If it's rained more than an inch in the last 48 hours, park on Kingsbridge and walk down to the garden.

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WINGS IN THE GARDEN - a participatory art installation in the Garland Community Garden -- Do something out of your box, even if it feels silly. Many of us are stuck in belief systems that no longer serve our needs.

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 We've heard it all before:  "Take new paths.  Step out of your box.  Do things you've never done before. Talk to someone with a different worldview from the one you hold. Take the road less traveled, Read an author you never hear of. etc."  And it's still all very good advice.  When we surround ourselves with only those who agree with us, we limit the development of our intelligence and vision and our potential to fully develop as human beings.  Rigor mortis begins to spread in our brains and our thoughts become crippled as our inability to think in new ways deepens.

Johanna Arendt,, a political philosopher and theorist of the 20th century described deeply held ideas that we no longer question as "frozen thoughts" that blind us to any idea that does not fit into our world view.  We need to remember that a world view is a philosophical and not necessarily a real view of the world as it is.  We need to seriously examine our beliefs at least once a year.  We can do this by merely finishing these sentences again and again:  I believe that ________.  I believe this because___________(how did you come to have this belief in the first place? Really, where did it originate? With your parents, with a friend?  Force yourself to think of one exception to this belief. This is not true all of the time because...........  This belief serves me because as long as I believe this I can__________________

If you have trouble getting started, think of some emotionally charged topic for you.  For example I believe that all white people______ or  I believe that all black people______  i believe that all Republicans __________  I believe that all Democrats___________.

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There are other ways to jar oneself out of an ossified belief system that no longer serves you or the people around you.  Allow a few people with different world views into your life.  Have conversations with them.  Make a conscious effort to seek out exceptions to one of your deeply held beliefs.  

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When a nation has a leader who surrounds himself entirely with only those who agree with him (or who at least say they agree with him), then people get the “my way or the highway” leadership of a self-absorbed dictator.

Cases in point: Kim Jong-un doesn’t allow anyone to disagree with him; nor does Putin; nor did Franco; nor did Hitler.  Unfortunately our own President seems to follow their example as there is a long string of people he has appointed, only to fire when they disagree with him.

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“Those who called themselves patriots introduced that new species of national feeling which consists primarily in a complete whitewash of one's own people and a sweeping condemnation of all others.” -- Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Another name for this kind of “patriotic” thinking is Nationalism. If we are so busy glorifying our nation we may become blind to the part our nation's leadership and foreign policies of the past played in destroying another country and that perhaps reparations are owed.

For example, read the history of US military meddling in the politics of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. We are not innocent bystanders in the destabilization of these nations. Our leadership has been working overtime at it for 50 years up to and through today.  For example, Soto Cano Air Base (commonly known as Palmerola Air Base) is a Honduran military base 5 mi (8.0 km) to the south of Comayagua in Honduras. It houses between 500-600 U.S. troops and is also used by the Honduran Air Force academy.

What the USA has done in these Central American and South American nations is just another version of what we did to Mexico by destabilizing their corn market in the 1990’s with our heavily subsidized corn commodities and NAFTA trade agreement that drove 2 million Mexican farmers out of the market and into the maquiladoras and also illegally into the USA. Whose fault was that really?

And again people do not wake up one morning, put on their flip flops and decide to walk over a 1000 miles away from all they’ve ever known as home unless they are truly faced with what they believe to be a life/death choice. Think about it from a personal view. What would it take for you to pack up, leave your home and travel over 1000 miles practically barefoot to a place you’ve never seen before and perhaps don't even speak their language?

These people are at our gates because they feel they have no other alternative. If we slam the door in their faces, our nation takes one giant step backward from what it means to be human. This is not my idea of how Americans are supposed to act.  

Americans need to unfreeze their thoughts and open their hearts.  Our nation has a food sustainability index of 124% .  This translates that we have enough food to support 24% more than our current population.  In numbers, this is approximately 80 million more people. In addition, we need young immigrant workers to help support our aging population and declining birthrate.  We need to start thinking and turn off the automatic pilots of our false belief systems that are supported by cliches, campaign rhetoric and what in many cases amounts to hate speech.

Our best interests as a nation can indeed be tied to the best interests of the migrants at our gates in Tijuana.   

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Monarchs mating in the Garland Community Garden - October 8, 2018

Photo by Jane Stroud

According to information from the University of Minnesota, mating monarchs can remain together for 16 hours or longer, and it is only at the very end of this period that sperm are transferred.

The tiny beginning - Monarch egg on underside of native milkweed leaf. Only about four days later it will be a caterpillar.- Garland Community Garden  -  September 26 - Photo by Liz Berry

Females lay their eggs most often on the underside of the leaf where the caterpillars  when they hatch cannot be seen by flying birds and insects from above.   A female Monarch will lay up to 500 eggs--one at a time. The egg is translucent oval-shaped and tiny.  Compare the size of the egg to the thumbnail of the person holding it.   

The total time frame for one butterfly’s life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks…egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar’s life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 – 6 weeks.  Monarch butterflies may take as many as five generations to make it from Mexico to southern Canada and back again.  The last generation of Monarchs each year that migrates to Mexico live up to five months.  They are the ones who make the return trip to the USA and Canada and these are the ones who make the first generation of the new year.

However, the oldest monarch we know of is  Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.  Born on April 26,1926 Elizabeth Windsor is the oldest monarch in history, at age of 92.  She took the crown on June 2, 1953 when she was 27.   :)

 

Monarch Caterpillar - Rescued from the Garland Community Garden - September 20, 2018 

Caterpillar in the photo above is in its fifth instar.  The intervals between molts are called "instars".  After this one has eaten his final full of milkweed leaves, he will crawl to the underside of the lid above him, assume a "J" position and begin to transform into a pupa.  The total time for being a caterpillar is about 14 days.

Now the Caterpillar has morphed into beautiful green pupa.
Photo courtesy Jane Stroud

It will take the caterpillar about 10 days inside the pupa to transform itself in a beautiful Monarch butterfly.

Tagged female monarch, ready for release. - photo by Liz Berry
Charlie's Garden -Perspective I

Tagged female monarch, ready for release. - photo by Liz Berry
Charlie's Garden -Perspective II

Tagging and Rescue

Members of Loving Garland Green rescue caterpillars from the Garland Community Garden and also from our own gardens at home.  We put them in well-ventilated plastic containers and then tag and release them when they mature (eclose) into Monarch butterflies. In the wild less than 5% complete the life cycle from egg to butterfly.  When rescued and allowed to develop in a protected environment, 95% are able to complete their lifecycle.

Our nonprofit organization also tags monarch butterflies in the wild as they pass through our North Texas area on their way to the Mexican highlands.  Information on these tags assists researchers from Monarch Watch in learning more about the Monarch.  In the past 26 years over 1.5 million monarchs have been tagged.

 
(Note:  in the photo above, tags for seven Monarchs were already used.)

People who see a tagged butterfly dead or alive are requested to contact Monarch Watch and report the sighting. Ideally the butterfly is netted alive and the tag code recorded before releasing the butterfly.  Even if the Monarch is not alive, please call and report that as well.

First Line:  Email address for Monarch Watch.
Second Line:  Name of Organization 
Third line: telephone number
Fourth line:  a unique alphanumeric code identifying the monarch. 

There will be only one code for each monarch tagged.  The people tagging have record sheets where they record the code to identify the butterfly, date it was tagged; sex as F or M; whether it was reared or tagged in the wild; City, State and Zip.  When they have completed their tagging efforts (usually by the end of October) They send this information to the researchers at the University of Kansas.

 Come Visit the Garland Community Garden and You can be a Monarch too!

Get a friend to take your photo as a monarch.

 

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More lessons for my friends on getting the most out of your favorite Charity Yard Sale:

It is definitely worth it to take a few days beforehand and use the Internet to assess the value of your donations.  With access to the Internet, you don’t have to be a professional dealer to at least get a ballpark figure regarding the value of items that have been donated.

As an example, I have pulled out and listed special items I found that have a total value of $1,030.  I doubt that we would be able to earn any more than $300 from this list at a yard sale.  We likely will not get the full $1,030 from this listing but I fully expect at least $800.

Of course Loving Garland Green has many more great items we will be offering at our yard sale on October 6—all with the dirt-cheap value that is typical of expectations of yard sale shoppers.  We’ve reserved Craig’s List for advertising only the special items.

 

TIPs FOR LISTING ON CRAIGS LIST

Craig’s List only allows one posting per category every 48 hours.  Thus you need to group your items before listing.  Write the copy for each item and determine its price.  Use your cell phone to take a photo.  Then determine what category you want the item to go in.  Once you have all your items written up, photos taken and category designated then go to Craig’s list to upload as “owner”.  Creating an account is easy and free for owners.

Note:  The Bavarian teapot and the Oxford china were listings I created before I was aware of the rule that owners can only post once to a category every 48 hours.

The others are examples of how to list multiple items for one post in a category.  For the price, I usually post the sum total for all items listed.  Then in the introduction to my copy I say:  “If you get here first and you want all these items, you can have them for $OOO.  Otherwise, they are individually priced along with their descriptions as follows:

 

Posted in Category:  Household

GREAT TABLE LINENS $75

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/hsh/d/great-table-linens-just-in/6710216758.html

 

GREAT DINNERWARE AND MORE - $240

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/hsh/d/great-dinnerware-and-more/6711958787.html

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Posted in Category Antique   

OXFORD BONE CHINA SET - $200 (posted before I knew better)

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/hsh/d/oxford-bone-china-division-of/6710232243.html

 

ROYAL BAVARIAN CHOCOLATE/COFFEE TEAPOT $30 (posted before I knew better)

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/atq/d/royal-bavarian-chocolate/6710254304.html

 

MANY GREAT ANTIQUES FOR YOU - $335 (after I learned my lesson)

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/atq/d/many-great-antiques-for-you/6711899653.html

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Category Collectibles (after I learned my lesson)

CHARMING COLLECTIBLES FOR YOU - $10

https://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/clt/d/charming-collectibles-for-you/6711910951.html

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As promised, I’m adding more items today to our growing list of pre-event items for sale for our upcoming October 6 Loving Garland Green Yard Sale at 269 Bellwood Drive, Garland, Texas.

Remember, if you want to purchase any of these items:  Text 972-571-4497 to see if they are still available.  If they are you can bring your cash and drive over at our set appointment time to pick them up.

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Dessert and Coffee in these Lovely Dishes - Set of 8 like new for $10

Unusual combination of pressed/etched glass -  Bowl 4.5 diameter 3 inches deep

Coffee Cup 2.5 inches diameter and 6.5 inches high (holds a full cup).  Imagine finishing off a great meal with bread pudding or ice cream and coffee served up in these pretty dishes! The bowls are a perfect serving size.

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Two Lovely Cardinal plates and one cardinal trivet  $10

You may have to wrestle with me over these.  They are so beautiful.  The plates look like a gentle, yet vivid watercolor.  These St. Nicholas Square plates are 9 inches in diameter.  To assess the value and arrive at a fair price, I researched and found one of them for sale on EBay for $12.50.  The 8 inch diameter trivet is from Sonoma and we all know how expensive they are.  Imagine a quiche or a winter sandwich eaten with that special someone off this cardinal plate.  You could pair the two of them together and use them as lovely serving dishes for some special holiday cookies.  All three pieces in like new condition.

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Matryoshka Doll plates (Russian nesting dolls) –
Brand new never used  $10 – Four plates 8.5 inches diameter

Great gift—all you have to do is put a bow on the box!

The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin from a design by Sergey Malyutin, who was a folk crafts painter at Abramtsevo.  Traditionally the outer layer is a woman, dressed in a sarafan,   a long and shapeless traditional Russian peasant jumper dress.  The figures inside may be of either gender; the smallest, innermost doll is typically a baby turned from a single piece of wood.  This set of Russian Doll plates is from World Market and still has the price tag of $24.99 on the bottom of the box.

Leave the price tag on it (but you didn't hear that from me).  My mother used to do that.  She was a great bargain hunter.  I remember one Christmas she sent me and my boys a giant box (about four feet high and five feet long).  We could smell it even before we brought it into the house.  She had been to a real fire sale and purchased a lot of stuff.  You know there is always that dilemma surrounding gift-giving:  Do I ask them what they want or do I get them what I think they need?

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Still more to come . . .

Later today I’ll post more.  For now I’ll leave you with information on one more item just to show you we have more than dinnerware and linens for sale.

 

Sunbeam Mixmaster 12 Speed Mixer 2 Bowls Beaters 1970 Harvest Gold  $50

Yes we have one of these vintage mixmasters for sale.  Charlie and I just tried it out this morning and it works great!  In fact I need sometone to buy this fast before he does.

Here is what you get:

1. the Sunbeam Mixmaster with12 speeds you can select depending upon what you are mixing

2.  Two sets of beaters (one for regular mixing and one for blending and mixing doughs)

3.  Two vintage Fire King bowls made in the USA (one is 9.5 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep and the other bowl is 6.5 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep)

Note:  These two bowls have value in and of themselves.  Fire-King was originally produced in the 1940s for everyday use, rather than display. It was often sold in bags of flour as a promotional item or was given away at gas stations. Fire-King could also be purchased at local grocery and hardware stores. Several varieties of Fire King dishes were made; nesting bowls, dessert bowls, glass beverage containers, casserole dishes, mugs and more. The vintage nesting bowls, produced by the Anchor Hocking Company, are one of the most sought after collectible dishes of this type.

4. Electrical cord.

We don’t have the instruction booklet that came with this mixer about 48 years ago (mice food perhaps) but if you don’t know how to operate it, you have no business in the kitchen. 

If you are thinking that $50 is steep, go to “Bonanza everything but the ordinary”.  You can purchase one of these from them for $140.24.  A new electic mixer of this quality would cost even more.

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Loving Garland Green is having our year-end fundraising Yard Sale! 
SATURDAY OCTOBER 6

9 AM TO 3PM 269 Bellwood Drive Garland, Texas 75040

Hope to see you there AND you can buy stuff now--ahead of the sale.

We all know that yard sales are places where items are sold at huge bargains—pennies to the actual dollar value.  Since folks have donated such great stuff this year, we’ve decided to aim our profit margins at “quarters to the dollar” value before the yard sale.

The following are a few of the items we’ve listed so far on Craig’s List. 

If you see something you want to buy, call or text 972-571-4497.  If it’s not sold we can arrange for you to come by and purchase it before the sale.  We’ll update this site throughout the week as new things are added and others are sold.  Already we have sold three items for a total of $340.

Note:  We don’t mail. Our customers must call the number above and make arrangements to pick up.  In rare cases we might deliver locally.

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This is only the tip of the iceberg of our offerings.  I’ll post more tomorrow on the Loving Garland Green site and probably Monday too so keep coming back. All the proceeds from our sale go to support Loving Garland Green, a local nonprofit organization and the official stewards of the Garland Community Garden.

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 Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware

We have several selections of Pfaltzgraff dinnerware for sale.  All sets are in like new condition.  You can see photos of these dishes at the Pfaltzgraff website and also compare prices while you are there.

  • 12 place settings in like new condition of their Christmas Heirloom Dinnerware for $100
  • Four 10-inch dinner plates in their Folk Art design for $20
  • Four10-inch Dinner plates in Napoli design $10
  • Two 10-inch dinner plates in their Yorktowne design $5
  • Four 8-inch dessert plates from their Holiday Spice collection $5

 
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 Vintage, Antiques, Collectibles and the Unusual

Excellent Condition - Whether you use them to make chocolate candies or as decorative art, these two pieces are lovely all by themselves as little works of art.  Sorry to say but we don’t have any details on their history.  Today most molds for candy are made from silicone.  However research on the Internet revealed a tin 8-inch vintage similar bunny chocolate mold for sale for $134

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Antique Tin Tray $20

A touch of Americana - A very very old handmade (8 x 9 inches) tin tray - It’s still in such lovely sturdy shape that it could still be used to carry things but I think it would be better served as a piece of art hung on the wall.  Someone made this years and years ago.  To me I would guess it was made during the Great Depression. The design was made by punching holes in the tin—likely with a hammer and nail.  You can have it for $20 if you are the first to call.  Who knows?  Perhaps it’s older than I think and George Washington made this. You can tell people that if you want to but you didn't hear that advice from me!

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Little Cat Ceramic Tea Pot – The top of the chair lifts off and the pot holds exactly one cup so it is functional.  If you have a friend who drinks tea and loves cats, this is the perfect gift because they are almost sure to not have one and most cat lovers like all cat things.  $10.  Perfect condition.  No nicks or chips.

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The Turkey Deviled Egg Ceramic Holder

This is another piece that makes me smile—a great conversation piece for your Thanksgiving table perhaps.  You can put 12 whole boiled eggs around the turkey or six deviled eggs cut in half.  The turkey is the lid to a little bowl in the center.  I don’t know what you put in the little bowl as my family never dipped their eggs, boiled or deviled into any kind of a sauce.  An edge of the lid has been mended, but very well as I didn’t notice the first time I examined this piece.  It’s yours for $5.

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 Antique Royal Bavarian chocolate/coffee/ teapot - $20

 

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MOLDED CLEAR GLASS and CRYSTAL PLATE Sets

 

Set of four fun Fish plates – like new condition   $10 - Perfect for Sushi or sandwich plates.  11 x 8 inches - Mint condition.  Not scratched.  

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Set of six beautiful 10- inch crystal dinner plates $15  Tree motif These plates are works of art.  Isn’t it lovely!  You deserve these plates.  Mint condition.  Not scratched.  We also have four 7.5-inch dessert/salad plates in the same pattern for $10.

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Set of 24 exquisite molded glass dessert plates 7.5 inches Abstract Floral Design

Notice how the design of the petals extends beyond the edge of the plate.  I especially like these because of the little lip on the edge making it the ideal plate for cake and ice cream thus ending the dilemma of serving cake and ice cream in a bowl or on a plate where guest will get ice cream on your sofa or chairs.  Sold in sets of 12.  Each set is $10. Mint condition, not scratched

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Nothing shouts elegance like a Texas-sized pair of crystal salt and pepper shakers with sterling silver tops. (6.5 inches high with a 3-inch diameter base)  Purchase this pair and make a statement on your holiday table this year.  Only $10

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The City of Garland has a heart and its central location is our downtown square.

Peter Kageyama has written much on the topic of the emotional attachment to the place where one lives [For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live are two of his books].  He reasons that when people love and appreciate something, they tend to take better care of it. He is right, we do.  About five years ago Peter was the featured speaker at one of our City summits where he made quite an impression on me—so much so that I made sure we put the word “love” in the name of our group when we founded “Loving Garland Green,” the official caretakers of our Garland Community Garden.

I was thinking about love of where I live when I went downtown last night to the MillHouse Pizzeria to listen to live music for free.  Some cities don’t have an identifiable heart. These cities tend to have an edgy unsettled feeling about them—like a large piece of machinery with gears grinding on in perpetual motion absent of human warmth. 

Garland, however, has a heart to come to, a central gathering place for the residents of our city and that is our downtown square, a giant welcoming space for many events that bring people together for many purposes formal and informal—from simply providing fun at our outdoor concerts, providing a space for impromptu jam sessions of local musicians, or an expansive outdoor theater for watching movies on the green. The heart of Garland also serves as the center for our local entrepreneurs to sell their wares at monthly and twice monthly events such as our Flea and MarketPlace. 

Merchants around the square also contribute to the giving spirit of our downtown community heart.  We have Cary Hodson owner of the Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery and Chris Ewing of the MillHouse who feature stages for local musicians to do what they love best. We have Rosalind's, a beautiful cozy coffee house and eatery with comfortable couches and chairs in addition to its wooden tables and chairs where people can come and use their WiFi.

Speaking of Heart, I felt a lot of it from the musicians and the audience at the MillHouse last night

Continuing in the spirit of giving local musicians a stage and an audience, the MillHouse had their second presentation of its Thursday night Back Porch Series sponsored by Texas Select Radio and Shaun Outen, a musician and great singer himself. 

When Charlie and I got there Duffee was just finishing his set.  What we heard sounded great.  Those there last night also had the opportunity to listen to Reece Norris a sixteen-year-old talent from Terrell, Texas.  Reece has a wonderful and unexpected voice coming from such a young person and his stage presence is very good.  He is already marketing himself well as you can see if you visit his Facebook.  I would be very surprised if Reece doesn’t make it to Nashville—he has the talent, the audience finesse, and in a couple of years he’ll have the heart throb factor. 

Darren Rozell, former mayor of Forney, Texas played and sang some lovely tunes for the audience. He has a saying on his Twitter site that reflects his talent and outpouring of music as well:  “Music is what feelings sound like.”  We also got to hear a little of Shaun Outen’s extreme talent last night.  He sang a trio with Reece and Darren—very nice.

Photos from the Back Porch Series (Garlands answer to the Grand Ole Opry)– Texas Select Radio at the MillHouse in Garland, Texas - September 27, 2018

Shaun Outen, Texas Select Radio                                  Darren Rozell, former mayor of Forney, Texas.

Reece Norris                                                                            Duffee