Meet Bambootique’s Newest Artisans

Meet Mon Saman. She is a 23-year old widow and mother of a 2-year old little girl. She was born in Ou Taki village, a

Location of Bat Tam Bang, Cambodia. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battambang_Province

small rural village in Bat Tam Bang province in north-western Cambodia. Life in this part of Cambodia is hard, with most of the population surviving on subsistence agriculture. Mon carries the responsibility of raising her small daughter on her own. With only a 6th grade education, she found an opportunity for stability when she was accepted into a weavers’ cooperative in 2006. In this co-op Mon received intensive training in the traditional skill of loom weaving. She now has regular work with her co-op to weave beautiful silk and cotton textiles.

The textiles Mon and her fellow weavers make are used in the production of a number of items, including Bambootique’s newest line of natural-dye scarves. These are our highest-quality, softest scarves we’ve ever carried. The silk is hand-dyed with 100% natural dyes made from local plants so there are no chemicals used. They’re so silky soft and lightweight, perfect for spring.

See a sneak preview below and the full collection here.

Declaring Spring

Hammered Hoop Pewter Earrings, $19

Yes, spring is officially here. OK, maybe not by the calendar but judging by how beautifully sunny it is outside today and the daffodils springing up in my front yard, I am declaring it spring in Portland.

Regardless of the weather or season wherever you are, the first of Bambootique’s spring lines are now here and available for both retail and wholesale customers. We have beautiful new styles of recycled pewter jewelry from Honduras (made from soda cans) and a fun and flirty new style of bamboo clutch purse from Thailand.  Stay tuned for gorgeous new spring scarves from Cambodia coming in about a month too.

Show Your Stripes Bamboo Clutch, $36

Gota Tear Drop Earrings $19

Caracol Pewter Earrings, $19

Just In – Fair Trade Heart Earrings For Valentine’s Day

Check out our brand new Have A Heart earrings, just in from our jewelry cooperative in Honduras.  The earrings are part of our collection of pewter jewelry, with the pewter being made from recycled soda cans collected and processed by Lencan (indigenous) artisans. These earrings are just $19/ pair and are in a very limited supply, so grab them soon if you want to give them for Valentine’s Day. They are of course fair trade and, being from recycled materials, are eco-friendly to boot.

Bambootique Now At Ten Thousand Villages

Bambootique is thrilled to announce that Portland’s Ten Thousand Villages store just added our products to the store’s great array of fair trade products!  Ten Thousand Villages gorgeous store is located in the Pearl district at 938 NW Everett Street. They have an incredible selection of high-quality, high-end fair trade goods like housewares, rugs, furniture and of course personal accessories like Bambootique’s.  If you’re in Portland and doing some last minute Christmas shopping this weekend, make Ten Thousand Villages your shopping destination!

Two Ways To Shop Bambootique With No Shipping Costs

We’re now officially in the holiday shopping season and you may be starting to cross some names off your Christmas shopping list.  You can still make Bambootique part of your holiday gifts without paying a cent in shipping costs, at least through December 14th. Use coupon code lipship at checkout and you won’t pay any shipping costs for orders over $25. You’ll also get a free holiday lipbalm to boot! This offer runs out December 14th.

If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area I also welcome shoppers to make appointments to swing by my home, either to browse or to pick up an emailed order. Sometimes it’s nice to see a product in person before choosing so you’re welcome to email a wishlist, come by and look it all over, and take home what you like. Please call (503-781-3244)  or email (beth@shopbambootique.com) at least 24 hours in advance to arrange an appointment.  I’m available most afternoons and many evenings, as well as some Saturday mornings. A hot mug of tea will welcome you as well as Christmas music and no shopping crowds! Little ones are welcome to accompany you too and play with Grace while you shop.

Here’s to a peaceful Christmas season focused on family, friends and Christ, the true reason for this season.

Oscar Albert Multi-Trunk Holiday Trunk Show THIS Wednesday!

Join Bambootique this Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at the fabulous wine bar and bistro, Oscar Albert, for an evening of holiday festivities and shopping!

Where: Oscar Albert Wine Bar and Bistro, 4847 SE Division, Portland, Oregon

When: Dec. 2, 2009, 5:30-8pm

Other vendors include:

Missionary Chocolates – Woman owned, delicious!

Apolloni Winery – Delightful wines made in Oregon

Global Sistergoods – Woman owned, Fair Trade Importers

Flavour Pals – Scone mixes, woman owned

Muddy Waters – Can you say “chocolate facial”?

I hope to see you there!

Trunk Show A Success For Fair Trade, For Haiti

Bambootique’s Holiday Trunk Show ended a week ago today and I’m still walking on clouds!  Thanks to the more than 70 of you who attended, shopped, snacked, chatted about fair trade and just let me get caught up on your lives. For the first time ever the trunk show was also a fundraiser and, together, we raised more than $1200 for Haiti Foundation of Hope’s community health program! Each of you who shopped can be proud that not only did each purchase support women artisans around the world, but you also contributed to improved health in a remote, rural part of northern Haiti.  Thank you!

I also want to thank each member of my fantastic trunk show crew: My mom Nancy for baking great cookies and helping with Grace; my mother-in-law Florence for helping me tag piles of product;  and to my fabulous girlfriends who helped me with prep and staffed the weekend (Karin, Katie, Jill, Heidi, Megan, Lorie, Mary Lee, Kristin, Hanna, Connie and Bethany).  Thanks also to my wonderful husband Steve for doing all the heavy lifting and being my Guy Friday when things got overwhelming.

I also had some great contributors of fair trade samples from other like-minded companies including Kalahari Tea, Strictly Organic coffee, Numi tea, Divine Chocolate and World Pulse magazine. Thanks for providing great free treats for all our guests!  They were much enjoyed, I can assure you.

Did you miss the trunk show? Stay tuned this week for new posts with a few great ways you can still shop Bambootique in the Portland area in plenty of time for Christmas. And of course there’s always online at www.shopbambootique.com, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s never a line or a long search for a parking space either!

Who Will You Cross Off Your List This Weekend?

nov-056I hate to rub it in but I already have a closet full of Christmas gifts. We tend to keep the holidays pretty simple, buying small gifts that will last and have meaning. I shop throughout the year for our family and close friends, otherwise I’m a stress case come December.

You too can have a more relaxed December by getting some of your holiday shopping out of the way this weekend. Bambootique’s Fair Trade Holiday Trunk Show is THIS Saturday and Sunday at my home in Tualatin.  I’ve got hundreds of items to choose from, many brand new to Bambootique, including the addition of home decor items this year like placemats, coasters, trivets, and candle holders.  Other new items include scarves and handbags from India (the really cool kind with little mirrors!), beautiful Uganda beaded jewelry made from recycled paper (you’d never know it was paper), handmade Christmas cards and ornaments from Haiti, India, Honduras, Thailand and Cambodia, light cotton scarves from Guatemala, mosaic candle holders from South Africa, woven baskets from Rwanda, soaps from Zambia, hexagonal candles from Guatemala, new styles of bamboo purses and handmade stationery from Thailand, and even more.

So come, bring your friends, and make a big dent in that Christmas list. Not only will you be more relaxed come December but you’ll feel great about gifts that give back to artisans. On top of that 10% of all sales this weekend go to one of my favorite non-profits, Haiti Foundation of Hope.

What: 2 days of fabulous fair trade shopping for everyone on your list!

When: Saturday November 14th 10am-4pm
Sunday November 15th 1-5pm

Where: 17552 SW Shasta Trail, Tualatin, OR
(Bambootique owner Beth Sethi’s home)

  • Bring your friends!
  • Huge clearance section
  • Complimentary cookies and hot drinks
  • Play area for little ones while you shop
  • Free take-home samples of coffee, tea, chocolate and more!
  • 10% of all sales donated to Haiti Foundation of Hope

Questions? Contact me at beth@shopbambootique.com or 503-781-3244

Find Bambootique In Even More Stores

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Bambootique’s wholesale program just keeps growing! I’m delighted that the following shops are now carrying my fair trade products. If one is in your area be sure to stop in to get your Bambootique fix.

Lucias Imports
523 East High St.
Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 389-9337

One World Shop
19321 Detroit Rd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
(440) 333-770

Mercy Corps Action Center
28 SW 1st St.
Portland, OR 97204

Giraffe
174th and Vashon Hwy.
Vashon Island, WA 98070
(206) 463-1372

Liave
1205 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 364-0748

Ella Mon
5404 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA  98107
(206) 297-2800

Tenfold Fair Trade
181A Potomac Street.
Harpers Ferry, WV 24524

Thanks to all our wholesale partners!  For a full list of stores carrying Bambootique products click here

Holiday Trunk Show Three Weeks Away – And You’re Invited!

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What: Bambootique’s 4th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Trunk Show

Two full days of fabulous fair trade shopping!

When: Saturday November 14th 10am-4pm
Sunday November 15th 1-5pm

Where: 17552 SW Shasta Trail, Tualatin, Oregon (Bambootique owner Beth Sethi’s home), 503-781-3244
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Who: You and all your closest friends, family and neighbors. Bring your girlfriends along to introduce them to everything you love about fair trade!

Messenger BagWhat: Two days of holiday shopping that makes a world of difference! This year’s trunk show features products from India, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, South Africa and more! Bambootique’s fair trade selection includes handbags, candles, scarves, skincare products, jewelry and handmade paper products, all made by women artisans in the developing world.  We’ll also have a fabulous selection of Christmas ornaments and nativities from Haiti, Afghanistan, Thailand and Peru.

Stuffed LlamasWe’ll have a fun play area to keep little ones busy while moms shop.

Other features of the show include fair trade freebies such as take-home samples of Strictly Organic Coffee, Kalahari tea and copies of The Conscious Consumer for every attendee. Plus don’t miss our incredible Clearance section, homemade chocolate chip cookies, fresh fair trade coffees and teas, and great music!

Haiti Foundation of HopeThis year Bambootique is thrilled to partner with Haiti Foundation of Hope to support their community health program in Terre Blanche, Haiti. 10% of all sales from the trunk show will be donated to HFH. There will also be a selection of Haitian arts and crafts of which 100% of sales will support HFH’s excellent work.

This event is open to the public so please come and bring your friends!

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