This was the third year for The Fair Trade Show in Toronto and my second year in attendance. As Emily and I first entered, I realized I forgot our tickets but because the staff were so nice they just let us in. A good reflection of the fair trade world.
The products there ranged from baskets to clothing, soaps and sports wear. Textiles from Mexico, Guatemala, Turkey, Nepal and India caught our attention many times. We listened to stories about the work being done in these countries, discovered new products and struggled to not buy everything.
There was a lot that stood out to us. Emily tried on beautiful leather boots from Stray & Wander and cotton scarves from Pokoloko and bought campfire scented candles from Woven by Wander, all while learning more about what fair trade really is all about.
For me it was a great way to stay connected with my fellow fair traders. To mention a few Big Village, Sweet Leaf Bath, Casa Relief, Little By Little, Talis, Fair Trade Canada, Fair Trade Toronto, African Bronze Honey, Pure Art and Equifruit. Some of my other highlights would be experiencing virtual reality for the first time as I followed a young girl around her village and home life, discovering baskets made out of telephone wires from Fair Grass and chatting with the manager of the Cedar Basket Gift Shop, an extension of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.
The rest of our day we spent walking around Kensington market in the rain and checked out the remodelled Ten Thousand Villages on Bloor street, the possible future look for all Ten Thousand Village stores.
Be sure to check it out next year!