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Nativities

Two of the nativities I found at the thrift store today!  Score!!!

Two of the nativities I found at the thrift store today! Score!!!

Tis the season!  I love placing my nativities each year.  I place one on the buffet in the dining room…this is one I’ve had for a number of years.  The other nativity is one my late mother-in-law used to display each year in her home.  I place that one in the living room on a sofa table.  Both mean so much to me.

This is the nativity from Sojourns in Birmingham - that I bought for my daughter for her first married Christmas!

This is the nativity from Sojourns in Birmingham – that I bought for my daughter for her first married Christmas!

I have several other smaller nativities that I’ve bought over the years.  I found several at Sojourns, A Fair Trade Store, in Birmingham, Alabama.  I always love the things that my friend, Melissa Kendrick, has at her store!  This year I found a beautiful musical nativity in wood that plays silent night when you turn the star.  I gave this one to my newly married daughter to set beside her first tree.

I love the look of this nativity I found today...so special!

I love the look of this nativity I found today…so special!

Today I was Christmas shopping and since it’s Wednesday, I decided to pop into my neighborhood Salvation Army Thrift Store to see what I could find.  Wow!  First of all, Wednesdays at special discount days and since it’s the Christmas season, they are doing even more to bring people into the store.  All Christmas items were 50% off and everything else in the store was 25% off.  I got there early – around 10:30 – as I was heading to the mall to make a few final Christmas purchases.  Wow…I couldn’t believe all the things I found today!  In particular, two nativities…

The first one I found was made of wood and has middle eastern faces – with dark hair and skin.  I loved it the moment I saw it…  I bought it for $1.  Since historians agree that Jesus was of middle eastern descent, this nativity makes perfect sense.  I also love the rustic feel of the whole scene.

Peruvian nativity that also has a place for a votive candle in the back.

Peruvian nativity that also has a place for a votive candle in the back.

Next, I spotted a Peruvian nativity that has a place for a votive in the back.  Now, I have a few Peruvian Christmas items and this just fits in perfectly with the rest.  I got this was for $1.50.

I’d say I did pretty well with my Christmas thrift store shopping today, wouldn’t you?

Sojourns Fair Trade Store

IMG_0007This afternoon I stopped by Sojourns Fair Trade Store in downtown Birmingham.  This place is such a treasure!  I mean,  I seriously never leave this store without dropping a chunk of change but I just can’t resist all the beautiful things!  From jewelry and clothing to lovely pieces of art from all over the world…if you are looking for unique gifts, this is the place!

When I arrived, Melissa Kendrick, my friend and owner, was busy getting new clothing merchandise ready to display for sale.  She greeted me with a big hug and began telling me about the clothing and a pop-up shop she is preparing to open in Montgomery.  I still remember the first time I met Melissa.  It was at her first location just down the street from her current location – 2017 Third Avenue North.  I went in at the recommendation of two friends who worked nearby and immediately fell in love with the place!  I remember having the nicest conversation with Melissa and thinking how wonderful to have a store like this in Birmingham!

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Sojourns was the first wholly fair trade store in Alabama.  They offer unique items produced under fair trade standards from 57 countries.  For more about what fair trade is, visit the Fair Trade Federation website.  A sign in the store shares that fair trade wages are designed to provide fair compensation based on the true cost of production and are not based on any developed world wage standards.  Fair wages are determined by a number of factors including the amount of time, skill and effort involved in production, living wages where products are made, the purchasing power in a community or area and other costs of living in the local context.

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Over the years I’ve purchased quite a number of items for my home and as gifts.  A few years ago, I took my daughters with me and I was oohing and aahing over a wooden salad bowl set and they surprised me with it for Christmas!  I was recently in the store with my mother and bought quite a few Day of the Dead items to add to my growing collection.  I have a collection nativity retablos too.  Today I was looking for a few more nativities and there were quite a few from all over the world.  It was hard to decide!

One of the Day of the Dead items I bought recently at Sojourns.

One of the Day of the Dead items I bought recently at Sojourns.

Melissa told me today that she wants to maintain a Day of the Dead section in her store as well as a Christmas section too.  She is expecting quite a few large shipments just in time for Christmas.  If you are looking for something different and something that you can feel good about purchasing, stop by Sojourns and take a look around.  I guarantee that you won’t leave the store without an item or two!  Here are a few photos of the store from my recent visits in a slide show.  Seriously…go visit Melissa at Sojourns soon!

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