A crossroads of makers, artists and re-purposers

 Come meet the makers and repurpose creators in the Garland area!  They gather on the downtown square three out of four Saturdays each month.  Twice a month on the first and third Saturdays it’s our MarketPlace and then the second Saturday of the month we have our flea market.  The Garland Urban Flea Market will be featured on the second Saturday in October, November and December yet in 2017.

Like our MarketPlace, our Urban Flea Market event also features the live music of local musicians.  On Saturday, we had the pleasure of hearing the beautiful voice of Randon Stevenson.   Randon bills himself as a guitar tech, vocal coach and one-man band.  You can find him online at and www.facebookcom/randonstevensonmusic .  You can find him live by stopping in at the downtown Garland Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery.  He and Intrinsic are definitely worth the trip to historic downtown Garland.  His voice is wonderful.


Randon Stevenson entertains visitors at the downtown Garland Flea Market – Saturday September 9, 2017


 Picker's Paradise 


Trudy Jackson from Picker’s Paradise – Garland Flea Market – September 9, 2017

Picker’s Paradise is a local downtown Garland Estates Liquidation Company.  They have a huge store on 915 Main Street that is filled with beautiful and interesting items.  Charlie and I spent over an hour in their store on Saturday.  Unlike many stores selling used goods, their store is clean and as well organized as any Dillards.   Visit Trudy’s website at  or contact her at   Charlie purchased an antique plate from Trudy when we visited the Picker's Paradise booth.


 Black Sheep Craftworks

Stephanie Dibble of Black Sheep Craftworks poses with one of her creations—a Tyrannosaurus Rex with glasses and a mustache – Garland Urban Flea Market 9/9/2017

Stephanie Dibble, owner Black Sheep Craftworks located right here in Garland Texas, is highly skilled in metal fabrication, art and more. The work displayed at her booth was both imaginative and well executed.  If we are able to launch a Garland Makerspace, we might be able to get Stephanie to share some of her knowledge and skills with people.  However, like many experienced and established artisans, she will continue to do her work at her shop.

Contact Information for Stephanie:



RockInk Tattoo Studio


Lucas Cervellini with some of his artwork

Lucas Cervellini from Rockink Tattoo Studio was at the downtown Garland Flea Market “tattooing” the corner of 6th and State streets with chalk.  If you would like more permanent artwork, visit his studio at 316 Main Street in Garland.


Callahan Clutter


Chelsea Callahan from Callahan Clutter – Garland Flea Market – Saturday Sept

Lovely vintage treasures were displayed all over Chelsea’s booth.  To see more, visit her at  

Contact her at


The Sassy Pearl Girl


Jill Newsom’s booth at the Garland Urban Flea Market – September 9, 2017

Jill has lovely selections of her handmade earrings.  I supported Charlie in his habit of purchasing Christmas gifts all year long and picked out two pairs of unique earrings made from beach glass. 


Handcrafted beach glass earrings from The Sassy Pearl Girl


Etsy @ thesassypearlgirl

Jill Newsom 214-727-0808


Garland Good Samaritans


Pam and Mike from Garland Good Samaritans – Garland Urban Flea Market 9/9/2017

Our good pals from the Garland Good Samaritans were there along with their mascot/logo you see sitting on the table.  Pam Swendig, director of the Garland Good Samaritans is a rock-painting-artist-maniac.  I don’t believe anyone loves paining rocks better than Pam.  They had their booth set to encourage visitors to become makers too and paint rocks themselves.  In addition, for a suggested donation, you could take a rock already painted home with you.


A rock we purchased from the Garland Good Samaritans that we plan to give to Jermel Stevenson, Garland Parks and Recreation Director,


Cowgirl Cuties Broke-in-Boots


Lisa Gillham Cowgirl Cuties – Urban Flea Market – Garland Texas 9/9/2017

No one can re-purpose boots like a Texan!  I thought I had seen just about every use to be made from worn-out boots until I stopped by Cowgirl Cuties Broke-in-Boots.

You can see more at


Whiski Designs


India Hearne Whiskidesigns – Hand lettering and Graphic Design

India’s messages are not typical. You can visit more of her work at Etsy Shop: WhiskiDesigns;  Instagram: @WhiskiDesigns and on Facebook: WhiskiDesigns.


A few of the WhiskiDesigns – My favorite is “I can’t make everybody happy. I’m not a taco.”


 Butterfly Kate Company


Butterfly Kate – Amanda Smith Owner with some of her handcrafted wood covered journals - Home Décor Art from Garland Texas

Amanda, like many of the artists at the Urban Flea Market was donating a portion of her profits for the day to the victims of Harvey.  Amanda was donating half of all her sales.

Contact Information for Amanda:


Xpressions by Shanna G


Shanna G Innovations – Xpressions by Shanna G – Garland Urban Flea Market 9/9/2017

Purses, purses and more purses!  Shanna makes them all.  They are colorful and beautiful.  Visit her Etsy shop to see what I mean.

Shanna’s Contact Information:


The Sewing Box


Arleen Tamburro, Owner (front/right). In the photo on the right we see a necktie that has been re-purposed as a fancy collar.

Contact information:

Arleen Tamburro



Dowd’s Vintage and Antique Tools


Lynn Dowd of Dowd’s Vintage and Antique Tools

Mr. Dowd is a local Garland resident who has a huge selection of hand tools for the craftsman and collectors.  He buys, sells and trades.

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 Jane’s Garden Stones 


Just a few of Jane’s inscribed concrete stones are shown here.  Visit her website for more.

The letters are impressed down into the concrete—not printed on top.  Great messages and excellent work!  I would like to have about 10 different ones for the Garland Community Garden.

Contact Information:

Jane Brinkley Owner


On my next visit to the Garland Urban Flea Market, perhaps I'll be able to provide more detail about some of the other great maker/artisans.  I'll close with these two sock monkeys seen at the Garland Urban Flea Market yesterday as nothing says "re-purposed" quite as well as these two.



Please remember Loving Garland Green, a local Garland nonprofit. We are the official stewards of the Garland Community Garden and do a lot of work with our local school children.


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