Post last updated: August 13th, 2018
I find myself shopping more and more on what I call the “secondary market,” i.e., not at retail. Flea markets, garage sales and now Craigslist. There are two reasons for this: I have limited funds and I see no reason to enrich the 1%. Following the Crash of ’08, I was replaced by two part-timers with no benefits. In addition to all the jobs being shipped overseas despite high unemployment, more and more working Americans are being reduced to part-time work. The most recent news of this came November 5, 2012, when Yahoo reported the Health Law was spurring employers to downgrade workers to part-time work to avoid having to provide health insurance. In the good old days, employers shared the wealth. Now the one percent want it all.
On Craigslist, under Farm+Garden, I found other gardeners selling plants out of their back yard at reasonable prices. This was just too good to be true for an addict. I gave Poppie each address where I was going and off I went into the Wonderland of Craigslist shopping.
My first stop was 12 miles away in a neighborhood known for its historic homes. Some of those homes are so old the window glass is wavy. I went to buy a male and female hardy kiwi vine. My previous adventure with a kiwi vine was a bust. This backyard gardener was a former graphic designer who now works as a self-supporting artist. Some of her art is in public buildings. I kid you not, I stood in her back yard for two hours talking and taking notes as she talked. For one thing, she introduced me to another gourd I was unfamiliar with — the canteen gourd. I came home with the hardy kiwi vine, a banana tree, a small but well-shaped bromeliad, a sansevieria, some cuttings of other plants (including an exotic begonia I drooled over), and some seeds.
The next day, I drove 10 miles in a different direction in search of hardy bromeliads. This backyard gardener was downsizing her plant collection to make it easier for her husband to mow. I came home with two kinds of bromeliad (the red spotted ones need some TLC), a succulent, and a camellia cutting that may or may not make it.
I was very pleased with my Craigslist shopping expedition and the wealth of information I learned from both of these women. Here are some of my goodies: