Alternative Market Fair Trade Sale, Trinity UMC, Memphis, TN
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019
Trinity United Methodist Church
1738 Galloway, Memphis, TN
Nov. 1 (4-7 pm); Nov. 2 (9-5); Nov. 3 (noon to 3 pm)
FAIR TRADE SHOPPING IN MIDTOWN MEMPHIS
How we spend our money does make a difference. Shopping Fair Trade means buying crafts, clothing and foods that are made in accordance with these principles:
· Form honest relationships—workers are partners.
· Create opportunity—help craftspeople produce things that appeal to US market.
· Promote community investment—schools, sources of clean water, medical clinics.
· Expand market access through long term relationships with craftspeople/farmers.
· Pay fairly and promptly.
· Respect the rights of women and children.
· Promote safe working conditions.
· Promote sustainability—for example, products made from recycled materials.
· Operate in a climate of mutual respect.
In Memphis, there are not a lot of places to shop fair trade. On Nov. 1-3, Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting of our 20th annual Alternative Market. On Friday, Nov. 1 (4-7 pm), Saturday, Nov. 2 (9-5 pm), and Sunday, Nov. 3 (noon to 3 pm), the church at 1738 Galloway in Memphis will host the Market, featuring handcrafted home décor and gifts made by fairly paid artisans in more than 30 countries.
Shoppers will be able to get gifts that celebrate all the special times when we want to give something unique and fairly traded. All proceeds go back to the Ten Thousand Villages store in Nashville for their fair trade work. This event is not a fund-raiser for the church. Rather, it is a ministry to the craftspeople and to the shoppers. Church members help volunteers from the store in Nashville, serving as temporary shopkeepers, unpacking the merchandise, arranging it for sale, assisting shoppers, and then repacking unsold crafts after the sale.
Why does Trinity United Methodist Church host this market each year?
· We demonstrate concern for and respect for craftspeople/small farmers.
· We get unique items.
· We give those who make/grow the items a way to support their families, not charity.
· We promote peace.
· We make a small dent in the question of immigration, making it possible for some craftspeople and small farmers to remain at home, rather than being forced to disrupt their lives by traveling thousands of miles to an uncertain future in another country.
The Market will be in the Worship Center/Fellowship Hall of the church, two blocks west of the Memphis Zoo, at 1738 Galloway. Jewelry from India, textiles and pottery from Vietnam, musical instruments from Africa, Nativity sets from many Third World nations, toys from the Phillipines, handcrafts from Guatemala, home and garden items, Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate, and many other treasures are among the unique items offered for sale.
Ten Thousand Villages is the largest fair trade retailer in North America. A nonprofit organization, Ten Thousand Villages approaches retail business in a different way: they create an international marketplace where the well-being of suppliers in Africa, Asia and Latin America is just as important as that of their North American customers. Ten Thousand Villages offers fair prices to artisans for their work (mostly done in coops run by the artisans), enabling them to provide for their basic needs and plan for their future. They provide up-front funds and product development advice where it is needed.