The Good News Festival Holiday Marketplace is Good News! Good News for fair trade farmers, Good News for minority-owned businesses, Good News for social justice organizations, Good News for fair trade artisans, and Good News for YOU – shoppers looking for that very special Christmas gift that does good for the world!
On Saturday, December 10, come to the Town and Country Resort for the Good News Festival (thegoodnewsfestival.com), and take in the Holiday Marketplace at the same time–open for sales from 11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Find Fair Trade chocolate, coffee, tea, cocoa, nuts, dates, and olive oil. Buy Guatemalan, Haitian, and Mexican apparel, accessories, and crafts; African and Asian bags, jewelry, and accessories; candles and home décor made by local artisans; and books, including titles by some of our Festival speakers. With live music adding to the festive atmosphere of the marketplace, this is the place to enjoy time with friends or family while waiting for the Festival’s main attraction to begin.
With vendors like Malia Designs, The Guatemala Project, Blue Butterfly Soap, Trinity ToyMakers, Serenity Designs, St. Paul’s Cathedral Fair-Trade, and more, this holiday marketplace is an opportunity to shop for Christmas and support those in need.
Malia Designs is a fairtrade handbags and accessories brand that combines lively design, the use of recycled materials, and affordable price points. Malia Designs’ products are handcrafted in Cambodia, and every purchase helps to fight human trafficking.
The Guatemala Project strives to serve indigenous Mayan people living in the highlands of Guatemala. Mission teams travel to install healthier, fuel-efficient, wood-burning stoves in residents’ homes, and work on various construction projects for schools, homes, and clinics. The Project also supports local artisans by bringing their crafts to southern California to sell at local churches, which helps finance the purchase of stoves and construction materials. The Guatemala Project also has an active scholarship program. During the Pandemic, the project has provided food to more than four hundred families every month. sdguatemalaproject.org
Blue Butterfly Soap is a woman-founded business creating handmade natural products, such as soap bars, body creams, natural deodorants, candles, lip balms, and bath salts. Blue Butterfly Soap is dedicated to providing safe, exciting products to our customers inspired by nature and art.
Trinity ToyMakers is a volunteer group from Trinity Episcopal Church, Escondido. In operation for 20 years, Trinity ToyMakers makes around 500 toys each year to give to children who might not have a Christmas gift otherwise. We distribute our toys through Interfaith Community Services, Ronald McDonald, Salvation Army, and several other agencies. Each year we offer toys to our congregation for their children and grandchildren and ask for a donation to take care of our expenses. The price of lumber has gone up considerably, so we need to generate additional income to cover our costs. Trinity ToyMakers will offer a few toys to the Good News Festival attendees for sale. Trinity ToyMakers toys are well-made heirloom toys beautifully handcrafted by members of our church with care and love.
Serenity Designs showcases a collection of handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and intentionally curated goods that are meant to inspire and empower you on your life journey. Serenity Designs is a Latina-owned business owned and operated by San Diego native, Karla Chávez. This small business has been featured in SDVoyager Magazine and CanvasRebel Magazine.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Fair-Trade Congregation–committed to justice, paying a fair price to farmers growing cacao, coffee, tea, olives, dates, and nuts. Enjoy Equal Exchange fair trade chocolate bars, cocoas, teas, coffees, Palestinian olive oil and dates, and cashews. Fair prices and no child labor are hallmarks of fair trade. These products are delicious and make great presents and stocking stuffers. Premade gift baskets are easy hostess gifts for the holidays.
Take in the wonderful workshops at the Good News Festival and do all your holiday shopping in one place – what a deal! See you on December 10th.
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One reply to “Good News Festival Holiday Marketplace”
Chris, this was a spot-on summary of the « good news » in a world filled with mass-produced items. Thank you for the personal profiles of those who will be at the Marketplace.
Let’s keep this message spread throughout the parish churches. I hope this Markrtplace News will be placed on each parish’ website so no one misses the opportunities!