Michelle Fraser from Port Alberni

Craft Bazaar returns for 13th year

The Fiesta World Craft Bazaar comes to Port Alberni on Saturday, Nov. 8.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, the 13th annual World Craft Bazaar is coming to Port Alberni.

Originally started 23 years ago in Courtenay by David Talbot, the craft bazaar has spread all across Vancouver Island, from Campbell River to Duncan to Port Alberni.

Mayba, who was a social worker before retiring last year, said that he was  motivated by a desire to “give artisans from the developing world an opportunity to come out on a level playing field” rather than having their goods sold at big box stores that would  take a larger cut of the  profits.

“It gives something back to the community where it was made,” said Mayba, adding that fair trade goods are “the gift that gives twice.”

He’s hoping that the craft bazaar will not only give people a chance to stock up on Christmas presents early but also “get people thinking about the disparities and inequalities between Third World countries and us.”

The personal connection is made possible by the vendors, including 10,000 Villages, Barefoot Books Ambassadors and Mystic Lotus Imports, who visit the artisans’ communities in order to negotiate a fair price for their crafts.

While the 1,000 attendees coming to the one-day event make it more popular than ever, Mayba and his wife Diane are hoping to take a back seat in organizing the World Craft Bazaar for next year.

Mayba welcomes any feedback from volunteers willing to step up and help organize the 2015 event.

The World Craft Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 8, at the Echo Centre. Entertainment is provided and the PAGO grannies will cater the event.



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