Consuming with Conscience: Buy Gifts for a Better World

photo1_anikal_giftsbetterworldIt’s November, which means most stores are already playing Christmas music, bestowing upon us that oh-so-joyful sense of panic as we contemplate all our future purchases. Do you want to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and the chance to support a worthy cause to boot? Look no further than the Gifts for a Better World (GFBW) closing sale happening this weekend, Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For 27 years this nonprofit has been giving the Corvallis community an opportunity to buy ethically sourced items made in Guatemala, Nepal, India, Africa, and Russia—just to name a few—with peace of mind. All merchandise is purchased from fair trade cottage industries that ensure both the safety and equitable compensation of their employees. According to GFBW coordinator Sue Tappeiner, these fair trade organizations also “empower low-income artisans and farmers to better their conditions, promote economic and social justice, and support stability.”

Not only has GFBW helped on a global level, this completely volunteer-run group has helped fellow local nonprofits—including South Corvallis Food Bank, Jackson Street Youth Services, and many other community outreach programs—by donating close to $65,000 since 2003. Tappeiner went on to say that “hundreds of volunteers have donated enthusiasm, energy, skills, and time to make GFBW a much appreciated local shopping opportunity.”

So, if you’re struggling with what to buy your friends and family this holiday season, or if you just want to fill your own home with high-quality goods made by artisans from around the world, stop by 2315 NW Kings Boulevard in the Timberhill Shopping Center this weekend. You’ll find ornaments, instruments, scarves, bags, jewelry, tableware, and more, all for 25 to 50 percent off. Prices will range mostly between $4 and $30, and each purchase makes a global impact.

By Anika Lautenbach

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