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Shop with a guilt-free conscience at our Alternative Gift Fair on Nov. 4

Nov. 4 – All Vendors, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Nov. 18 – Mini Fair (not all vendors), 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The purpose of the Alternative Gift Fair is to support artists around the world who lack resources to market and receive fair prices for their beautiful work. At the same time, we have the opportunity to purchase their beautiful hand crafted items as Christmas gifts for others and/or for our own families. Please take a look at the PWOW bulletin board for representative examples of the items being offered from the following fair trade businesses:

  • Friends of San Juan de Fuente represents the amazing ceramic artists of Nicaragua. Member Alison Gist has worked with this group for years. The colors and designs of their artists are varied and stunning.
  • Mayan Hands (new this year) represents artists using traditional looms to weave scarves, table runners, colorful luggage tags, lanyards, purses, and a variety of items from recycled materials. They also represent artists who design and create amazing and useful pine needle and raffia baskets in a variety of types, sizes and colors in designs named after the designing artist.
  • Women of the Cloud Forest represents artists from Nicaragua who use recycled car parts to make aluminum sculptures, jewelry, crosses and angels and artists who make ceramic luminaries and jewelry. Last year the luminaries were primarily Advent related – Holy Family, Flight to Egypt, and Wise Men. What is NEW &    EXCITING this year are “mini” luminaries that include the Advent-themed scenes but also flowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, turtles, frogs, angels and geometric patterns. The smaller sizes are more affordable and beautiful and it will be easier for the light to shine through them. Remember the beautiful, brightly colored balsa wood earrings and ornaments? There are also some NEW adorable designs. It also represents artists who make jewelry from items found in nature.
  • SERV represents a large number of artists whose work includes ceramics from the West Bank, baskets, jewelry, hand-knit items, and more.
  • Holy Land represents many artists who create a variety of olive wood items. We have a limited number of crosses and other items.
  • Fair Trade Chocolates/Coffees/Teas/Olive Oil will be sold at the regularly scheduled Sundays on Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9 rather than at the Alternative Gift Fairs. If you would like to place a special holiday order for any of these Equal Exchange items, please contact Lynne Stevenson at the sales events or via email (lstevenson249@gmail.com). Thank you!

PRE-SALE OPTIONS: We have wholesale relationships with Mayan Hands, Women of the Cloud, and SERV, but will not have all of their products on the days of our Fair because they are too many. As to Women of the Cloud and Mayan Hands, we have to pay for the items up front and cannot return them. So we invite you to look at the websites for each of these fair trade businesses to select the specific luminary, balsa wood earrings, ornaments, ceramics etc. that you would like and we can place the order for you. We can assist in the process by making a laptop available to review the complete offerings.

Due to the significant emphasis on directly supporting the craftspeople, credit cards won’t be accepted. Cash or check only.

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