Arms Open for Fair Trade

Two fair-trade holiday markets embrace new possibilities in gift-giving.

Two fair-trade holiday markets embrace new possibilities in gift-giving.

In general, we might cast a side-eye on holiday bazaars held as early as the second week of November. But two promising events this week get a pass because they’re selling for a good cause. And also, the wares are really neat.

The Gifts of Hope Holiday Fair Featuring Ten Thousand Villages is a two-day affair, November 7 and 8, held at St. James Episcopal Church (766 N. Main St., Hendersonville).

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade retailer of artisan gifts and accessories from across the world. Other participating nonprofits are Blue Ridge Humane Society, Durgapur Sponsor-a-Child Program, Heifer Project International, Hendersonville Rescue Mission, La Capilla de Santa Maria, Our Little Roses in Honduras, and St. Paul’s Tabernacle AME Zion Church.

 10am-5pm on Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday. www.stjamesepiscopal.diocesewnc.org

In a similar vein, on November 8, Grace Lutheran Church (1245 6th Avenue West) will sponsor its own “Fair Trade Christmas Gift Market.” The Hendersonville parish offers gift items made by artisans from a diverse assortment of developing regions, and will simultaneously host a Gift Tribute Card Ministry to benefit local orgs.

November 8, 9am-12pm. 828-693-4890.

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