Get Inspired: Four Ways To Host A Successful Fair Trade Holiday Bazaar

It’s Holiday Bazaar time! Make it unforgettable by offering Fair Trade foods and gifts that make a difference in communities around the world – from coffee and chocolate to handmade crafts and jewelry. We have everything you need to get started and keeping going strong included in our free Holiday Bazaar Toolkit, available on our web store. For now, here’s some inspiration to get you thinking about your amazing Fair Trade holiday sale.

1.    Your sale table is the star. Make it shine! Use a colorful tablecloth to make it festive and eye-catching. Organize products neatly and use display racks to help create space and make it easier for customers to browse. Display table signs and educational materials to draw people in and generate interest in what you’re offering.

2.    It’s all about the samples. Everybody loves the chance to try something delicious, and odds are good that they’ll want to buy more once they have a taste! Some of our favorite tried-and-true snacks:

3. Get creative and make it unique. Decorations and personal touches make any gift or display so much more fun. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from others – this is a great way to get more folks involved and let their creativity shine.

  • Assemble bite-sized chocolate minis in gift bags using your favorite stickers, ribbons and bags or start with our Minis Packaging Kits and add your own special touches.
  • Decorate our plain paper tin-tie bags with markers, colored pencils, stickers and glitter glue, then fill them with beans from bulk coffee bags. This is a great activity for both kids and adults!
  • Design your own gift baskets with decorations from a craft store and fill them with Equal Exchange goodies. Perfect for a gift that’s good to go.

4. Share the mission. You know that Fair Trade is important for our global community, and now is a great time to tell your own community why it matters. The meaning behind the products you sell will really set your holiday bazaar apart from the rest – so don’t be afraid to talk about it!

  • Tell folks about your congregation’s Small Farmer Fund with our partnership brochures.
  • Sign up for the Red Cherry Challenge and engage your whole community in making a measurable difference. As a participant, 10 cents for every pound of coffee you buy will go to the Red Cherry Fund. And, you’ll get lots of promotional resources to help spread the word.
  • Check out our variety of educational resources, including hands-on activities, presentations and talking points to help you have fun, inspiring conversations about Fair Trade.

These are just a few of the many tips, tricks and ideas we have for your successful Fair Trade holiday bazaar. For more inspiration and resources, order this year’s Holiday Bazaar Toolkit. Order yours today!
Enjoy the spirit of the season, and thank you for bringing the best of small farmers to your community.

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