Archive for Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fair Trade Holiday Market opens Nov. 27 in Lawrence

November 12, 2009


Beginning later this month, Lawrence’s annual Fair Trade Holiday Market will return to Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

The market offers a place for area residents to find unique holiday gifts and help support disadvantaged artisans here and around the world.

The market’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 3.

The market will feature a selection of handcrafted art, crafts, home decor, jewelry, clothing, personal accessories, toys and games. This year Lawrence Fair Trade is also playing host to several events and educational activities.

During the first two days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., chair massages, freshly baked chapatti and crepes are offered for donations to benefit Comfort the Children International. During the same time, adults will staff The Kids Corner to guide children through arts and craft activities while parents shop.

From 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Lawrence Fair Trade will screen films about international trade and the fair trade movement.

For more information send an e-mail to Alicia Erickson at or call 785-969-3482.


alerixon 8 years, 1 month ago

There is frequently confusion about two different uses of the term fair trade. Toe, I believe you are referring to the fair trade term that is used in conjunction with government involvement in trade.

This Fair Trade is quite different. It is a consumer driven movement that seeks to treat artisans and producers with human dignity and respect. Fair Trade products ensure that the artisan is paid a fair wage, has safe and equal working conditions and that there is no forced labor, among others. Consumers who purchase Fair Trade products cast an important vote with their dollars, making a statement that believe in extending the rights and safety we enjoy in our workplace to everyone around the world.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 1 month ago

Well, Marion, if you look at the "crap," and then buy it even though it is "crap," then the artisan or producer will get paid. It's not rocket science. (I'm sure you've sold plenty of crap in your day, so I don't see why you should need this explanation.)

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