About Global Fayre

Like Fair Trade itself, Global Fayre’s story is always developing.

David and Cheri Crump founded Global Fayre as a Fair Trade retailer based in  Springfield, Missouri with the mission of developing the awareness and acceptance of Fair Trade in Southwest Missouri through direct and online sales, and through outreach activities to the local community. Being green was also important to us; we focused on products that made from recycled, reused or sustainable materials and tried to recycle or reuse as much as we could for ourselves.

Global Fayre started with a season at a local farmers market (on Commercial Street in Springfield) before opening a full store in December 2007 (at 324 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO). The online store followed soon afterwards. Despite opening right at the start of the recession, and being in an area where awareness of fair trade was very low, we were really happy with the initial performance of the store. We were especially pleased with the number of invitations we received to talk to various groups in the community. For several schools in the area, fair trade talks have now become part of their regular curriculum.

However, after running the store for nearly 4 years, we had to accept that the challenge of running it and raising our family was proving too much for us. We also wanted to spend some time back in the UK with David’s family. So in May 2011 we took the difficult step of closing down the store.

We moved to the UK in August 2011, with David once again working with his brother at Vipa Designs Ltd (you can read more about that here). A core part of David’s role at Vipa is to help them take a leading position in the newly created fair trade gold market in the UK. In January 2012, Vipa was uniquely granted a license by FLO and the Fairtrade Foundation to import, trade and manufacture fair trade gold, and also to make and distribute their own fair trade gold jewellery. The launch of Vipa’s first range of fairtrade jewellery is scheduled for the late Spring of 2012.

Cheri, David and their girls have made their home now in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, UK. Melton Mowbray is a fair trade town, and it has been great to find many fair trade vendors in a relatively small market town.

What’s next for Global Fayre? Now that we are settled, we are keen to make a contribution to our local community as well as the global one. Aside from David’s involvement with Vipa, our fair trade plans include a re-launch of Global Fayre’s online store, planned for late summer 2012.

In the meantime, we’ll continue highlighting fair trade issues here and on our facebook page – so keep in touch, and PLEASE keep supporting Fair Trade!


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cathy  |  September 14, 2009 at 11:26

    I have been trying to get hold of one of these bolgatanga hats from Ghana as advertised on your site for ages. I dont drive so cant get to your store. I am based in Plymouth, Devon UK. Is it not possible for you to post me one? If so can you give me the price inc. p&p and maybe I can order one over the phone??

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    • 2. globalfayre  |  September 14, 2009 at 16:15

      Cathy
      You are more than welcome to purchase a hat at our online store – check out http://www.globalfayre.com
      If you have a particular color/size in mind that you don’t see, just email or call – we’re here to help!

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  • 3. Kim  |  November 19, 2009 at 19:01

    What hours are you open?

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    • 4. globalfayre  |  November 19, 2009 at 19:06

      Kim

      We open every day at 10am.
      Closing time is as follows:
      Mon to Wed – 6pm
      Thu to Sat – 7pm
      Sun – 2 pm (likely to be extended soon).

      Current opening hours are always posted on our main website
      http://www.globalfayre.com

      Reply
  • 5. Tess  |  June 1, 2011 at 21:18

    I was wondering, do you hire employees or are any workers volunteers? If you do happen to hire, how can one get a job at your establishment?

    Thanks!
    Tess

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    • 6. globalfayre  |  June 2, 2011 at 10:57

      Hi Tess
      We’ve actually just closed the physical store – but thank you for asking. If you are keen to work within fair trade, you might ask at Anna Sophia’s on S Glenstone, or 5#Apparel on South Avenue – they are both fair trade advocates.

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  • 7. rebecca  |  September 24, 2011 at 16:40

    I was wondering if you could tell me about the soup you used to carry in the store. My sister used to buy it every fall. It was a bag of dried beans and seasonings. Do you remember the name/brand or could you tell me where I might find it.

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  • 8. Christopher Karow  |  November 29, 2011 at 14:18

    My name is Christopher Karow and I am President of Guancasco. We’re a start up fair trade business based in Sunrise, FL that helps the personal development of artisans in Honduras by offering their products under Fair Trade Principles. I appreciate you taking a moment of your time to read this email, I will make it brief.
    Guancasco is offering a wide line of hand made products that range from handbags to pottery and are all made by Honduran artisans. Our attached newsletter illustrates some of these products and also shows the Guancasco mission in Honduras. Wholesale accounts get 50% off our retail prices. One of our artisan groups has made a customized sample for your business, and we are eager to ship it to you along with our wholesale catalog if you wish to receive it. Please reply to this email and let us know if you wish to receive your personalized sample. You can also visit http://www.guancasco.com to learn our entire story. Thanks again for your time and for being a part of the Fair Trade movement.

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  • 9. Noah Chinyanga  |  June 24, 2012 at 06:12

    I do supply Baskets from the Binga area of Zimbabwe. I can get them and ship them to you.

    My responsibility is to my community and long have they worked so hard and found no reward. I want to help them establish a reliable market.

    Please contact me through email for further discussion around this.

    Reply

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