CLINTON — The Fair Trade Shop at Stone Presbyterian Church, 8 S. Park Row, is encouraging local residents to keep the shop’s fair trade items in mind this spring when sprucing up your yards and gardens.
The shop’s Geo Gourd Birdhouse from Peru is made using mates burilados (gourd burning) traditions passed down through generations to create this unique birdhouse, colored by hand in the natural dyes and flames. Also featured is the Patina watering can from India, which is handmade from partially recycled iron sheets. The watering can has both functional and vintage-inspired decorative appeal. It is cut and welded by hand, then stamped and finished in antiqued teal and gold tones. These and several other unique handcrafted items from 38 different countries are available at the church’s Fair Trade Shop.
Purchasing fair trade items ensures artisans and small farmers fair wages and healthy working conditions, providing dignity, sustainable development and hope to marginalized people. Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday and second Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market on the Village Green every Thursday, starting June 3.
Some items are still on sale for 25 percent off. Face masks are required. For more information, visit the website at https://buildingstonesshoppe.square.site or www.facebook.com/buildingstonesfairtradeshoppe.