Marlborough-based business The India Shop is throwing open its warehouse doors to the public this weekend for a pre-Christmas sale of fairly traded gifts, furniture, rugs and soft furnishings.
The warehouse, at Honey Street, near Pewsey, holds hundreds of pieces of hand-made Indian furniture, each one unique and made out of reclaimed timber, or wood from sustainable sources, alongside a large range of gifts, rugs, cushions, throws and covers.
The sale supports The India Shop’s fair trade commitment to rural employment across India through championing traditional crafts and skills. The company’s products have three main qualities: Handmade, fair trade and well-made.
Over the last 24 years The India Shop, which also sells on-line at www.theindiashop.co.uk and from its three shops in Marlborough, Salisbury and Wantage has built an economic lifeline for artisans in metalwork, jewellery, cotton and leather as well as furniture.
Over the two-day sale, visitors can wonder around the three warehouses where Indian furniture, rugs and soft furnishings are displayed. They can also purchase discounted end-of-line gift bargains ideal for Christmas in a themed Indian Christmas Market.
Company director Anne Wyles, said: “We trade with family firms and co-operatives across Indian and it’s essential to maintain the flow of goods out of Indian and into Europe to aid continuous employment. A twice-yearly sale of large goods at Honey Street helps – and customers benefit from warehouse prices and access to a wide range of stock.”
All Indian workers involved in making and packing India Shop products are treated with respect and paid fair wages. No child is exploited and goods and production techniques are environmentally friendly.
Paying artisans fair wages encourages the production of higher quality products, a fact which is, in The India Shop’s view, fundamental to any business.
The trade arm of The India Shop, New Overseas Traders, supplies hundreds of independent retailers across the country.
The warehouse sale will be held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16. The postcode of the warehouse is SN9 5PS.