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New stock coming soon

by Andrew Williams | February 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

We had a very productive trip to the "Spring Fair" show in Birmingham this week - thousands of suppliers and it was really heartening to see so many fair trade products for sale. We will have lots of exciting new stock soon, so keep checking back to find out more! Among our forthcoming new lines are...


 - An incredible selection of summery womenswear which will be perfect for holidays and festivals.

 - Some gorgeous scarves - great from Spring onwards and practical all year round. 

 - Stylish jewellery lines sourced from a new fair trade supplier in Africa. 

 - More of our ever popular bamboo range. 

 - Incredible jewellery and bags from a fair trade project in the Philippines. 


We'll have all of the details on these great new lines soon! Don't forget we offer free UK shipping on all orders over £40. 

Tagged: 2014, apparel, fair trade, fairtrade, spring, spring fair

Fair trade trade fair

by Andrew Williams | February 03, 2014 | 0 Comments

It's a bit of a tongue-twister, but we're taking a short break from fair trade tomorrow to go to a trade fair - Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The start of the year is a great opportunity to look back at what has tickled our customers' fancy over the past twelve months, and think about which styles and designs may be hot for 2014. 

We're hoping to see some new suppliers who may have interesting new products for the shop, and to catch up with some of our existing partners. Wherever possible we will source products directly from the artists or cooperatives which produce them, but our UK-based suppliers play a hugely important role in making fair trade products accessible to a home-grown audience.

We hope to have the results of our latest expedition online soon - keep checking back for some fantastic new lines in 2014. 

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Fair trade in 2014

by Andrew Williams | January 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

We're back in the shop after an incredible trip to Cuba. A really remarkable place, and without adding to the cliches, a "land of contradictions." The country seemed to be teetering on a see-saw balanced between left and right. Friends we've spoken to who have visited previously tell us it has changed a huge amount over the past decade, and I've no doubt the next ten years will see that change continue. At its heart though the story of the revolutionary struggle was quite remarkable to see played out in reality. 

Now that we're getting back into the swing of things we have big plans for 2014. We want to increase the diverse range of products we're stocking to reach as many potential customers as possible. We hope to grow our online audience so that customers outside of Hay can still join in the fun - if there is anyone you can recommend us to we would really appreciate it!

We are also planning an exciting event for the spring - Hay Green Fair, a celebration of all that's great about green Britain. We'll have inspiring speakers, great stalls, activities and fun for all the family. More news on that soon. 

Thanks for choosing to shop fair trade in 2014 - you are making a real difference. 

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Coming soon...

by Andrew Williams | January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

It's a bit chilly at the moment up at Hay Castle, so don't forget we currently have up to a third off all our knitwear. There may be snow on the way so stay warm out there! We're taking the opportunity during the quieter weeks at the start of the year to look for loads more interesting and unusual items to stock in time for Spring. We've already got some really beautiful new mango wood pieces which we'll have up on the website soon. Also on the way we have...

...more incredible jewellery from Cambodia, as well as more of our ever popular Elephant Cement accessories;
...more stock from our friends in Mexico - rugs, mirrors, and our spooky yet stylish black clay skulls!
...more clothes including a range of womenswear which will be perfect for the summer;
...Nepalese arts and crafts including some incredible copper pieces;
...some kids toys and playthings to keep our younger ethical superheroes contented. 

We hope to add all of these items online as soon as we get them. And we'll have more offers and discounts for customers, so if you haven't signed up to our mailing list yet, why not join us? Or if you're more socially minded you can like us on Facebook at

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