Lawrence Fair Trade Holiday Market
- Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Lawrence Fair Trade will be celebrating a landmark with its 20th annual Fair Trade Holiday Market this November and December! Since 1991, this event has consistently expanded, becoming one of Lawrence’s favorite places to find a growing array of unique holiday gifts whose purchase supports disadvantaged artisans here and around the world. The Fair Trade Holiday Market will feature fairly traded handcrafts, apparel, chocolate, dry goods, toys, and much more.Vendors at the sale this year include Equal Exchange, A Greater Gift, Ten Thousand Villages, Women’s Bean Project and local businesses such as Two Hands Worldshop, First Weavers and Silver Condor Jewelry. The market will also feature crafts from Lawrence’s sister city El Pappaturro in El Salvador. Donations can be given in a person’s name as an alternative gift to organizations such as Heifer Project and Oxfam Unwrapped. The high quality crafts, textiles and clothing sold at the sale are handmade by artisans from 35 countries around the world, including underprivileged parts of the U.S. Fair Trade is an alternative to conventional trade that takes measures to ensure products are produced in safe and healthy working conditions and that artisans maintain control of their businesses through cooperatives. Artisan cooperatives often choose to devote a large percentage of their profits to community development projects including schools, hospitals and other important infrastructure. Fair Trade also takes steps to establish sustainable methods of production. This innovative triple bottom line approach respects People, Planet and Profit as opposed to conventional trade where profit alone rules but often fails to provide incentive to respect the people producing goods and the planet providing the resources. November 25th & 26th, and December 3rd, from 10 am to 5 pm, local massage therapists will offer chair massages on the main level of the ECM, for a small donation to benefit Elevate Africa. Local organizations will also offer tasty treats on the weekends to raise funds for their causes.