Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo to re­turn

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sarato­gian staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The 2019 Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo is invit­ing area res­i­dents to join the fight against world­wide poverty while hol­i­day shop­ping this sea­son.

The sixth an­nual event, hosted by New Life Fel­low­ship Church and The Bos­nian Hand­craft Pro­ject, is sched­uled for 3 to 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 7 on the sec­ond floor of the Saratoga Springs City Cen­ter, lo­cated at 522 Broad­way in Saratoga Springs. Ad­mis­sion is free. “The Fair-Trade Mar­ket Expo is an easy way for the com­mu­nity to skip the crowded malls for a day and lend a hand up to ar­ti­sans in the de­vel­op­ing world, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to earn an hon­or­able liv­ing for them­selves and sup­port their fam­i­lies,” a press re­lease from event or­ga­niz­ers said. “Ev­ery­thing on sale at the mar­ket has been made un­der fair trade con­di­tions, mean­ing the ar­ti­sans and pro­duc­ers re­ceived fair compensati­on for their la­bor, en­joyed safe work­places, and cre­ated their goods us­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prac­tices.”

This year’s mar­ket will fea­ture 18 ven­dors and projects in­clud­ing sev­eral with roots in Saratoga Springs. They in­clude Mango Tree Im­ports, The Bos­nian Hand­craft Pro­ject, AOET Uganda, The Giv­ing Cir­cle with Sum­mit Cloth­ing, Saratoga Cho­co­late Company, Es­sen­tials Health So­lu­tions, Beau­ti­ful Things, and Ev­ery Bas­ket Counts.

Some of the unique prod­ucts that shop­pers will see are hand­crafted jew­elry, African mar­ket bas­kets, chil­dren’s char­ac­ter hats, silk scarves, toys and ta­ble linens as well as hand­made quilts from Viet­nam, bas­kets and hand­bags from Africa and Asia, slip­pers and jew­elry from Bos­nia, es­sen­tial oils and much more.

“If you are look­ing for that per­fect one of a kind gift this is your op­por­tu­nity,” the re­lease said. “Be part of the FairTrade move­ment that is an ef­fort to stop the ex­ploita­tive la­bor prac­tices around the world. Shop with purpose this sea­son while pur­chas­ing beau­ti­fully made mer­chan­dise for your loved ones.”

Live mu­sic is be­ing pro­vided by lo­cal mu­si­cians, and there will be a free scav­enger hunt all day with prizes for kids.

The 2019 Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo is one of four Cap­i­tal Re­gion Fair Trade Mar­kets sched­uled this sea­son. Other will be held in Al­bany, Sch­enec­tady and Del­mar.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at www.face­book.com/FairTrade­mar­ket­saratoga.

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A shop­per ad­mires the wide va­ri­ety of goods avail­able at the 2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo.

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Bas­kets from Gu­atemala are dis­trib­uted by the Al­bany-based non­profit, Mayan Hands at the 2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Mar­ket Expo.

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