Seeds to Sew International, Inc., a Hopewell-based non-profit and a member of the Fair Trade Federation, moved to 16 Seminary Ave in Hopewell, into the space previously known as the Sticks and Stones Toy Shop. And, on every “First Friday” of the month, Seeds to Sew will have extended hours and an open house to introduce the “pop-up” shop for the month, featuring products from other “do-good” organizations.
“We’re SEW excited to announce that after two amazing years, we’re ready to say goodbye to our little shop down the alley off of Seminary Avenue and move to the bigger space in the front of the building,” said Ellyn Ito, Seeds to Sew founder and executive director.
The Seeds to Sew team just returned from a service trip to Kenya, where they visited with seamstresses and artisans, bringing back lots of new inventory. “In addition to our regular and ever-growing line of products, we thought it would be interesting to try something different,” shared Ito. “Each month, we will give other organizations who work directly with artisans a platform to showcase a sampling of their product line, while simultaneously offering our loyal customers something new to look forward to.”
On every “First Friday” of the month, along with extended hours, Seeds to Sew will introduce a featured “pop up” shop of the month. The featured organization for May is Silk, Wool and Bijoux, a wholesale company based in Philadelphia that works with artisans in Vietnam and Turkey. A selection of their silver-plated, unique hand-crocheted jewelry, jewelry made of water buffalo horn, as well as cotton scarves and towels, will be available for purchase.
Seeds to Sew International is a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of women and girls in disadvantaged communities through education and job skills training. Women and girls participating in Seeds to Sew programs in rural Kenya made all products that they sell – all proceeds benefit the artisans directly.
- Enkiteng bags (eco-friendly reusable gift wrapping bags)
- Enkisoma jewelry (traditional Maasai beaded jewelry)
- Githomo crafts (Unique crafts made of banana tree bark and other natural materials)
By purchasing items at Seeds to Sew International, you are supporting small, women owned and run businesses that allow these women to buy food, pay school fees and provide for their family.
Seeds to Sew products are sold in the United State at the Seeds to Sew store at 16 Seminary Avenue in Hopewell, NJ, on their website (www.seedstosew.org), and through various resellers such as Ebb, Friends Salon, and T. Johnson Design in Hopewell; Pennington Quality Market, Chance on Main, and The Watershed Gift Shop, in Pennington; My Fair Trade Lady in Haddon Heights, NJ; and African Endeavor in New Hope, PA.