This is a non-sponsored post – I wrote it because I love the idea and cause behind Redemption Market.
Today I’m excited to introduce you all to Redemption Market, an online boutique that focuses on fair-trade accessories and home goods. Rhonda LaBatt founded Redemption Market in 2013, and has since partnered with several organizations that provide employment opportunities and support services to individuals in need around the world.
I don’t know about you, but I love shopping. However, in a world of fast-fashion, questionable labor practices, and sweatshop controversies, I find it increasingly difficult to be a responsible shopper.
I love shops like Redemption Market because I know my money is going to a cause that I believe in.
Another thing that astounds me is how affordable everything on Redemption Market is. How many of you have walked out of a trendy, boho-style store feeling dejected by prices way out of your budget? (I’m totally not referring to my unhealthy relationship with Anthropologie here).
Redemption Market offers those on-trend, boho-style accessories at a price point that just about anyone could afford. Best of all, you don’t have to compromise on quality.
Rhonda couldn’t have said it better:
Redemption Market is an ethical fashion boutique where every purchase supports a cause! We offer stunning handbags, jewelry and home decor that is both fashion-forward and affordable. Our main focus is working with women rescued from trafficking, and making life better around the world. We all want to buy pretty things, so why not help someone out at the same time? Win win!
Continue to read an interview by Ms. LaBatt about her marvelous company:
What was your inspiration for creating this type of shop?
This business began two years ago when we saw the need to bring these beautiful products that were being made to market in the U.S. We began working with a group from Cambodia that offers a rehabilitation program to women rescued off the street, and now have grown to partner with over a dozen different groups!
What type of items will shoppers find at Redemption Market?
Redemption Market focuses on one of a kind type items sourced from around the world. We carry traditional block-printed handbags from India, hand-carved wooden dishes from Kenya, and woven blankets from Mexico and Turkey. There are items made in the U.S, too, for a local touch. Everything is natural, organic, and sustainable.
How do you find the items that you carry on your website? What are the stories behind them?
Dealing directly with the artisans, and not having to work through distributors and “middle men,” we have the benefit of hearing the stories and seeing the faces. When Redemption Market places an order with a group, the artisans are already being paid fair wages. This is the beauty of Social Enterprise, because it also gives us the ability to offer high quality products at a lower cost to the customer. Yay!
Who is your customer?
Our customer is the woman who wants to purchase long-lasting high quality products. She cares about craftsmanship and detail. She chooses items that are unique and attention-getting.
How did you come up with the name?
We started our business in response to a plea from a group of women in Cambodia, who having been rescued from sex-trafficking, were now looking for a place to sell the handbags they made in their rehabilitation program. We now work with twelve distinct groups, but in every case, there is a situation of great darkness or sadness, whether it be trafficking, modern-day slavery, dirty water, or poverty. Our goal is to take what was intended for evil and turn it around for good. “Redemption Market” is the place where the sadness is redeemed for happiness and the darkness redeemed for light.
Do you have any items that are personal favorites in your shop?
Yes! The struggle is to always remember that these items are for sale, and that I can’t just keep everything for myself! My personal favorites are the leather handbags from JOYN and the Sak Saum freedom t-shirts.
How can people get involved?
Our online shop is always open at redemptionmarket.com. If you are in the Phoenix area, visit our pop-up shop at the Phoenix Public Market on Saturday mornings. Please help us grow by sharing with a friend!
I started my business alone as a woman, and as a mom of teenagers. I want to encourage other women and other moms not to fear being entrepreneurs and small business owners! Take one step at a time, and before you know it, you will have an amazing business that is helping people around the world!
What is your favorite item in Redemption Market’s shop?
I’m loving the knit baby rattles – you know I put a couple of them on my registry! Let me know what your faves are in the comments!