Delmar Fair Trade Market celebrates a decade of ‘joyful, ethical shopping’

BETHLEHEM — “Imagine that through the simple act of buying a gift, you can change lives for the better in impoverished communities around the world,” says a notice announcing the 10th Annual Black Friday Fair Trade Market. “And imagine doing that on the busiest shopping day of the year, yet in a joyful, festive atmosphere with abundant smiles and dazzling displays of goods.”

The two-day event will be run on Nov. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Delmar Presbyterian Church at 585 Delaware Ave. in Delmar.

Multiple vendors will offer an array of handmade treasures as varied as the communities where they're produced. Shoppers will find jewelry, handbags, scarves, apparel, chocolate, baskets, holiday decorations, toys, home décor items, and more.

The fair-trade movement is a sustainable business model that ensures fair compensation, safe workplaces, gender equality, and market opportunities for artisans and producers. “These hallmarks stand in sharp contrast to the exploitative labor practices that often occur in the developing world where workers make most of the world’s mass-produced goods,” says the announcement. “Brighter futures are possible when families can afford to send their children to school; when health care is within reach; and communities are empowered to work together on environmental, social and economic development projects that improve life for all.” 

The community response to this annual event has led to the establishing of more Fair Trade Markets around the Capital District. The Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo will be held at Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following weekend, the St. Kateri Fair Trade Market will be open Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1801 Union St. in Schenectady.

The Black Friday Fair Trade Market will feature a treasure hunt and bead-making project for children.  Snacks, lunch and Fair Trade coffee will be available. Admission is free and parking is ample.

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