Christmas shoppers hunting for ethically-sourced gifts have plenty of choice at Just One World, held Nov. 12-13.
Previously known as Just Christmas, organizers changed the name to more accurately reflect the ethical and global market. The location has also changed. Alberta Avenue Community League hosted the event for the past 10 years, but now the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association is hosting the volunteer-run market.
Just One World organizer Kristi Anderson said the market creates a space for advocacy organizations to raise awareness surrounding the importance of ethical goods. Anderson explained the vendors are not-for-profits and charities that collaborate with communities in various countries to support social welfare and justice.
“They often will have a relationship with the artisans and are generally directly traded,” she said.
Anderson said close to 30 vendors are expected this year to sell ethically-traded goods and wares from around the globe including, “a group from Tibet that brings in gorgeous hand-knotted wool carpets and amazing tapestries from another in South America.”
She added, “We have all kinds of household goods like tablecloths, napkins, aprons, textiles with fabulous patterns and personal items, like jewellery, clothing, sweaters and mittens.”
Beyond the cultural holiday curios, shoppers can also buy food. Given their new location in the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association building, shoppers can expect to choose from authentic minestrone, cinnamon buns and coffee.
Various local groups will be playing music throughout. De Menor A Mayor, a Latin group, will be there as well as some choirs and singer/songwriters.
Entry is by donation and parking is free. For transit users, the Stadium LRT station is only a block away.
“It’s such a fun, festive gathering. I love the feeling of togetherness and working on a common goal—everyone is always excited to see the new items!”
Local Craft Sales
Just One World
Sat, Nov. 12, 10 am – 4 pm
Sun, Nov. 13, 10 am – 3 pm
Ital-Canadian Seniors Association
9111 110 Ave
Edmonton Potters’ Sale
Sat, Nov. 19, 10 am – 3 pm
9210 118 Ave
Carrot Christmas Arts Bazaar
Fri, Dec. 9, 7-9 pm
Sat, Dec. 10, 10 am – 4 pm
The Carrot Coffeehouse
9351 118 Ave