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, 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 or 503-781-3244

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


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!



Merry Christmas From Snowed-In Oregon


I really, really love snow. Snow makes the world seem magically Narnian, quiet and beautiful. It creates an other-worldly appearance to everything and is so peaceful. But snow has its drawbacks and today I’m an expert in that area.

We’ve been snowed in our home just outside Portland for the better part of 10 days now, and it’s beginning to wear on us. We have over a foot and a half in our driveway and street right now (the picture above was taken when we only had a few inches). Portland seems to have no snowplows so, beyond the major freeways, the roads are slick and full of drifts. Thankfully we have four-wheel drive on our Outback so we’ve been able to get to the grocery store when needed. All our planned Christmas parties were canceled though and we haven’t had church for two weeks. I admit to some major grumpiness, mostly directed at my husband. So in an effort to get myself in more of the Christmas spirit, I’ve decided to list why I’m THANKFUL for being snowed-in. Here goes:

  1. Being forced to slow down. The usual hustle-and-bustle of Christmas time has been replaced with family time. Lots of family time.
  2. Planned gatherings replaced with impromptu ones. We had a spontaneous Christmas potluck with our neighbors last weekend when the snow started. We all brought what we had on hand and enjoyed an evening of laughter and stories. This afternoon we’ll walk two houses down so Grace can play with her little friend Braylon and us moms can catch up.
  3. Snowshoeing! Yesterday we dug out our snowshoes and trekked to the grocery store more than a mile away. Many pedestrians in sneakers were quite envious.
  4. Potty-training. It wasn’t really on our radar yet but, with all this time stuck inside, we decided to give it a try. 22-month old Grace pooped in the potty for the first time today. That’s a reason to celebrate!
  5. A reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. The first Christmas wasn’t comfortable or convenient. It was messy, probably cold and definitely uncomfortable. Mary had Baby Jesus in a barn. My inconveniences and boredom are nothing compared to what she and Joseph endured. I vow right here and now to stop complaining and to focus instead on the gift of being warm, comfortable and with the people I love most in the world.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!


Grace is mystified by all the white stuff everywhere