September Elm in Nashville, Indiana was a bustling little shop. The flurry of activity outside of the shop caught my eye. This was a busy place.
I was so surprised to see that this Brown County shop carried nothing but fabulous fair trade items. Wall to wall, ceiling to floor. Everything inside is handmade.
September Elm in Nashville, Indiana
What is fair trade and why is it important? In some parts of the world, there really aren’t opportunities to better yourself or to improve the life of your family.
So, organizations work with local artisans. These women may make baskets, jewelry, or pottery. They may craft clothing or decorative accents.
No matter what they may do, they get a chance to be more, and to find a new sense of self worth and independence. At September Elm, there are tables laden with handcrafted goods from around the world. It’s incredible to see the workmanship and variety of items.
Fair Trade Shop in Nashville, Indiana
An entire section of scarves caught my eye! Beautifully done, the fabrics were soft and appealing. I could have purchased one of each of these. I loved all of the prints.
The fabrics inside of September Elm were incredible. There’s no wearing cookie cutter clothing and accessories when you shop here, that is for sure.
I enjoy knowing that items found here aren’t just going into some fat cat’s wallet and going toward the purchase of yet another vacation home or for the purchase of a private plane or a yacht or some other extravagant item while their employees can barely survive on minimum wage.
In many cases, the profits from these fair trade items are going to a family that will be able to put running water in their home or send a girl to school. It’s a hand-up that they would otherwise not be able to find. It’s helping people improve their lives for the generations to come. I love that.
That is only a part of what makes September Elm special. The items here are truly wonderful and very well made. Everything felt sturdy and well-crafted. There was no skimping on any of the items I picked through.
Fair trade items included clothing and key chains, wall art and mirrors, handbags and purses, necklaces and rings, jugs and jars, coffee, and serving ware. Yes, I even missed a few! I love the pottery here. Plus, there were some owl things so you know I’m all about that.
When you have a gift, it is better to share it! That’s exactly what fair trade shops like September Elm let these international artisans do: share their talents with the world.
If you are interested in other “hand-up” kind of opportunities, please take a look at Heifer.org, Charity: Water, and Kiva, a loan program I learned about from Indiana author Mari Barnes that truly sounds awesome.
Helping Others Help Themselves
Head to September Elm in Nashville, Indiana for a marvelous selection of fair trade items in a charming shop. Located downtown, you’ll find it easily. The hard part will be deciding on what to bring home.
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