Alternative Market, Trinity UMC, Memphis, TN
Friday, November 9, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

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19th Annual

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9 (5-7 pm) | Saturday, Nov. 10 (9 am-5 pm) | and Sunday, Nov. 11 (noon to 3 pm)

WHERE: Fellowship Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1738 Galloway, Memphis, TN (two blocks west of the Memphis Zoo)

WHAT: Handcrafted home décor and gifts made by fairly paid artisans in more than 30 countries:
  • Jewelry from India
  • Textiles and pottery from Vietnam
  • Musical instruments from Africa
  • Nativity sets from many Third World nations
  • Toys from the Phillipines
  • Home and garden items
  • Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate
  • Many other treasures
Ten Thousand Villages is the largest fair trade retailer in North America. A nonprofit organization, it approaches retail business in a different way -- by creating 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, 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.

WHY: Trininty United Methodist Church began this event years ago with a desire to celebrate Christmas in a more faith-filled manner, by providing a place for neighbors to shop fair trade. As time has passed, we’ve expanded to celebrating all times when we want to give a gift that is unique and fairly traded. 

All proceeds go back to the Ten Thousand Villages store in Nashville  to support their fair trade work.This event is not a fund-raiser for the church. Rather, it is a ministry to the craftspeople and to shoppers.

Church members serve as temporary shopkeepers. They unpack the merchandise, arranging it for sale, assist shoppers, and 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.
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.
MORE INFORMATION: Kay Jordan (901) 274-6895