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Opening Times

by Ruth Hayden | November 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Now open on Sundays up to Christmas!


Monday 11am-4pm

Tuesday 11 am-4pm

Wednesday 11am-4pm if open (best to check)

Thursday  10am-4pm

Friday 11am-4pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12-3 pm


Bottle top earrings

by Ruth Hayden | July 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

Back in stock, lovely colourful bottle top earrings .made by Bertha Lekgothle from Chaneng province in South Africa. All the old favourites plus some pretty new ones. Helping to clean up the village one bottle top at a time!


Eighteen Rabbit -the Great Fair Trade Giveaway and Beyond.

by Ruth Hayden | July 24, 2021 | 0 Comments


Hello from Ruth, Szilvia and Layla!

For those of you who read the previous blog, we are the incredibly privileged staff who were gifted Eighteen Rabbit by previous owners Andrew Williams and Louise Davies in a rare and awesomely generous gesture. To say we are lost for words doesn't actually describe our excitement and gratitude (although it does explain why I have taken so long to write this!)

One of our main aims in taking on this new and uncharted venture is to Pay it Forward  and in doing so to help support and promote Fair Trade principles and raise awareness about our suppliers, their stories,countries and way of life. I also think it's important to keep Fair trade going in terms of selling beautiful items gifts and homewares in a physical shop, to keep another shop open on the street in Hay on Wye and  also I hope it is a fitting  gesture of gratitude to Andrew and Louise who are happily not so very far away and can be relied upon for genuinely good advice!!

 To Andrew and Louise and all our customers, quite simply,Thank you!

We aim to keep Eighteen Rabbit as  beautiful as it was with Andrew and Louise-as customers your input and suggestions are very important to us so if there are any particular products which interest you or you would like to see back in stock please let us know. 

We hope to see you soon in Hay on Wye.

The Great Fair Trade Giveaway

by Andrew Williams | June 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

We have some big news to share with you! And while it's tinged with sadness, we hope you'll agree it's also a positive step. Read on to find out more...

In early 2021, Eighteen Rabbit co-founders Louise Davies and Andrew Williams faced an uncomfortable decision. Having been closed for much of the previous year due to Covid, their six-year lease was coming to an end. The situation was further complicated by the fact that neither Andrew nor Louise were working full-time in the shop. On a day-to-day basis the shop was run by three dedicated and reliable staff members, Ruth, Szilvia and Layla. Should they sign a new lease, or accept that they had reached the end of the road?

It was while thinking about the future of the three part-time staff that the germ of an idea began to emerge. Andrew and Louise no longer relied on the income from the shop. But the fair trade projects around the world had never needed more support. So why not simply give the shop to their staff?

What started as an off-the-cuff remark has become a reality. Led by new shop manager Ruth Hayden, the shop will continue to trade under the Eighteen Rabbit banner for the foreseeable future. Over the past four months, Andrew and Ruth have undertaken a comprehensive handover programme, with introductions to key suppliers, analysing buying patterns and looking at administrative elements such as payroll and banking. Ruth has signed a new lease with the landlord, and as of 6th July, the shop will be hers.

Co-founder Andrew Williams commented, “This might seem on the face of it to be a bit mad. We had the shop commercially valued a couple of years ago and the figure quoted was £65k, although of course Covid has changed the retail landscape. It seemed a great fit for us though – and very much in keeping with the ethical ethos we have had along with the shop.”

Eighteen Rabbit co-founder Louise Davies added, “The main priority for us was ensuring that we could continue to support the incredible fair trade projects around the world. Our customers love the products and knowing they will still have an opportunity to buy them in Hay is fantastic news.”

New shop manager, and now owner, Ruth Hayden said, “I am really excited about this new chapter for Eighteen Rabbit! It has been a steep learning curve, but I'm committed to continuing and developing this meaningful and important retail business. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone during what we hope will be a busy summer in Hay.”

Back into Lockdown and Looking Ahead

by Andrew Williams | October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

It's been a crazy year for everyone, and there's no sense that we're on the way towards a better 2021 just yet - but we are not down-hearted! We wanted to share some of the reasons why we feel hopeful about Wales being in lockdown and the shop being closed in Hay-on-Wye...

1. Hopefully, this short, sharp lockdown will help to suppress the virus and give us a fighting chance of celebrating Christmas with some sense of normality. 

2. At least in Wales we are all in it together. It has been a patchwork of approaches up to now, which makes it very confusing for anyone to follow the rules. At least for the next two weeks, we all know what we're supposed to do (in theory!). 

3. We are still open online, and continuing to process orders as normal. It may take us slightly longer - hence why we've suspended our first-class shipping option - but we will get your items to you as quickly as we can! We really appreciate the support. 

4. We are a lot better off than many other parts of the world. We know from speaking to our partners and artisans across the world that Covid19 has hit everyone extremely hard. Here in the UK we do have basic protections, and we are lucky enough to have socially-conscious people across the country who are looking out for people worse off than themselves (here's to you, Marcus). So let's count our blessings :)

5. Everyone connected to the shop has kept fit and well so far, which we know makes us very lucky. We are thinking of you all, around the country and around the world, and hope that you and your loved ones stay safe.

We are here to help if you have questions about any stock items or things you'd like to see us stocking in the run up to Christmas. We'll be back open in Hay before you know it - take care until then!