We all buy cute things to decorate our house and most of us wear jewelry and accessories. Even more of us use purses and bags to carry around diapers, Ipads or your necessities for work. Have you ever thought about who makes those things? Usually it's groups of people (including children) who are being under-paid, in undesirable working conditions, with no benefits, no breaks, no adequate bathrooms, and bosses who demand long hours and are unable or willing to care for their workers as individuals with basic needs.
(*those that are not officially fair-trade certified still follow fair-trade guidelines; their groups are just too small and unable to pay the fees enabling them to have the certification)
|Artisans in Haiti from the Apparent Project|
|One of our artisans in Uganda|
|Esther is one of our artisans in India.|
|Our group in Costa Rica is happy to work with Trades of Hope. Our large orders|
enable them to hire more women and create amazing change in the slums where they are located.
So what does one of my Trades of Hope trunk shows look like?
I bring a couple of "trunks" full of the items made by our artisans and I display them creatively in your home or wherever you have decided to host. I have done shows in both. I love being in people's homes, but it is also really fun and easier for the hostess to be at a neighborhood coffee shop (where they do all the dishes, make the coffee, serve the wine and provide the treats.)
We wait for all of your friends to arrive, and then after everyone is settled in with their drinks we begin. I just basically share my heart, educate about the global issues going on that are negatively impacting so many women around the world, suggest tangible ways we can help, and encourage everyone to take part in one way, shape or form. We have amazing discussions, share experiences, and ask questions. Sometimes we cry. Sometimes we pray. Sometimes hard questions are asked and hard answers are given.
Sometimes hearts are broken, but they are quickly encouraged. This is not a pity party to make you feel bad for being a privileged American. This is an opportunity for you to become aware, and for you and your friends to help be a light where there is so much darkness.
Then we refill our drinks, enjoy some snacks and everyone shops. Most of our items are under $50 so even those of us on a tight budget are able to leave with something special. One of my favorite pairs of earrings is just $20.
|Earrings range from about $18 to $32.|
|Some items are available to purchase at the trunk show, |
other items are shipped to your home for a flat rate of $4.95
|Bright and colorful bags, clutches, purses and even a child's sized turtle backpack|
|One of our best sellers, this necklace is from Haiti and is a beautiful collection|
of hand-made beads; some are made of clay, some are made of CEREAL BOXES!
|Not a "jewelry person"? Bracelets are a great and easy way to ease into wearing accessories.|
|And some times we sneak cute pictures of our cute friends |
wearing their cute new stuff:)
If you want more info or would like to place an order online
you can check out my website here.
If you have any questions, want to book a party
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[all photos not sourced were graciously shot and shared by Sarah Hardie Photography]