OUR CRAFT CORNER IS NOW OPEN!
We celebrated our fifth anniversary by opening a fair trade craft corner! A week of celebration ended with wonderful world music from the Hyde Park Neighborhood Chicago Children's Choir, and, of course, cake!
The beads, fabric, yarn and paper we have found for the crafters among you are extraordinary - and many folks are telling us the prices are more than reasonable! We also offer classes, so if you've always wanted to learn to knit, crochet or make jewelry, here is your chance.
You can call the store (773-966-5269) to learn about dates and times, and to sign up.
Making something with your own two hands is satisfying, a reasonable way to create unique gifts for the holidays, and a great way to relax! Stop by soon to see our new craft corner!
We are always on the lookout for new and interesting items and are very aware of events in our world. It is one of the reasons we have a fair trade store. We know that even a small order can make a difference in the lives of our Fair Trade artisans, and we do our best to help make the world better by finding new resources for our customers to choose from.
Here at The Fair Trader, we are always excited when a new shipment comes in, because everything we carry is one-of-a-kind. Opening a box of new products is like traveling to a different part of the world, and meeting the artisans who create the wonderful items we offer our customers. All our goods are hand-made, with a great sense of design (and often whimsy), that just makes us smile!
This month, we have the Envirosax® Reusable Bags. Chic, inexpensive and compact, Envirosax® carry the message of re-use to a world ready for a brighter ecological future. Tested for strength and safety. Super strong, holds 44lbs. Fully washable - won't fade. Super convenient and water-resistant. Fashionable and fun - a great gift idea! Solution to one-use plastic bags. Check back here often for updates on new items, and thank you for making The Fair Trader your resource for "Shopping That Makes A Difference!"
Some of our favorite items are textiles, and the wonderful ways our fair trade artisans find to use them. The picture to the left shows three of our happy customers (honest, the picture was unsolicited!) in shirts and tops from Ghana, India and Nepal. Whether they are hand-batiked, block-printed with natural dyes and centuries old patterns, or hand-woven, the textiles we receive from around the world are wonderful examples of the best of cultural traditions - all in contemporary styles!
1623 E 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: (773) 966-5269
Mon-Fri: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm