When we decided to host the Fair Trade Fair, we had no idea what to expect. Maybe three people will come. Who knows! It's kind of exciting when your expectations are blown right out of the water. I think it's safe to say we were overwhelmed by how supportive our community, friends, and church have been of this whole "shopping with purpose" idea. Our venue was incredible. Greta, the owner of The Frame Gallery in downtown Bryan allowed us to crash her place for two days straight. It was fun hanging out with her all weekend. We sold items from The Batik Boutique, Come Together Trading, Serrv, Global Mamas, and The Apparent Project.
There were moments when the place was packed. It was borderline crazy. Who knew people would be so excited about fairly made products. I was hoping a shopping fight would break out, but alas - people remained mostly civil.
It was a lot of fun seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We had the best volunteers. They were all extremely helpful and made the weekend feel like a long party.
And then there is Lisa. This is what it looks like to gorge yourself on fair trade products. I think this should be her Halloween costume next year.
The best part of this story? We sold almost $10,000 worth of fair trade products during the Fair Trade Fair. It was indeed a celebration of creativity, art, skill, and empowerment for people around the world who are working hard to break the cycle of poverty for their families. This is what a hand-up instead of a hand-out looks like. It was the perfect way to start the holiday season.
Long-live the Fair Trade Fair! And long live justice, peace, and goodwill towards all men (and women) this Christmas!
If you see something you like in these photos or the photos here or here, let me know. I'll tell you where you can order them.