Tuxedo Historical Society hosts holiday fair trade gifts bazaar from Dec. 3 through Dec. 11

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:19

Tuxedo —The Tuxedo Historical Society, in cooperation with SERRV International and other suppliers, will be hosting a sale of fairly traded crafts and foods from around the world at its headquarters at 7 Hospital Road in Tuxedo from Saturday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event provides an opportunity to find an unusual gift without the trek to New York City or paying shipping costs to order online. Each gift gives four times over: First, the recipient will enjoy a unique hand-produced item; second, each purchase provides direct income to crafters and farmers; third, purchases support the work of SERRV International; and fourth, a percentage of each purchase helps to support Tuxedo Historical Society projects. All of the items are “fairly traded,” meaning that the producers receive a living wage for their work. Fair trade is not about charity but rather about empowering producers to develop their own sustainable businesses. Behind each item is the story of the farmer or crafter who produced it: From cocoa growers in Ghana to a women’s food cooperative in Israel, to potters in Haiti, knitters in Nepal, a kitchen coop in Chicago and a recycling center in Binghamton, N.Y The sale will feature a vast array of items from around the world, including organic chocolates, coffees, teas, olive oil and other foods; jewelry, silk scarves, baskets, handbags, knit wear, toys, handmade soaps and paper, tableware and pottery. Items are in all price ranges from $1 to $99. In addition to the international items, the sale will also feature a table of Tuxedo-related gifts and publications. For information about the sale contact THS at 351-2926 or tuxedohistory@gmail.com. Also visit www.serrv.org to learn about SERRV’s work and some of the artisans and products.