Mercy Market

This weekend our parish held a St. Josephine Bakhita’s Mercy Market in our parish hall. All products sold were handcrafted by non-exploited laborers and all the proceeds will go to help those who are trying to escape wage and labor slavery. I had not heard of St. Josephine Bakhita until recently. She was born in Sudan in 1869. She was enslaved and was beaten multiple times a day. Even though she was bought and sold five times in the slave market, she found hope in God knowing He loved her. What a wonderful role model of our awesome faith!

The concept of shopping mainly ethical shops and small (local) businesses has been heavy on my heart lately for several reasons, so when I heard our parish was having the Mercy Market I was super excited. I did not know what to expect as I walked into our parish hall. Honestly I was hopeful there would be at least one item I liked enough to buy to support this wonderful cause. 

I’m not sure why I was concerned to find only one item because I bought four items, my mom bought one item but we could have easily bought more.  There were many wonderful, unique, handmade products. Everything from gorgeous baskets and dresses to Christmas ornaments and yummy fair trade chocolate. The most shocking thing was how reasonably priced the items were. For expample, a 100% silk scarf was only $12, which is very comparable to ones sold on Amazon.

I ended up buying two scarves, a swing dress for me, and a knitted winter headband for me. My mom bought the girls gorgeous handmade star Christmas ornaments. The ornaments and winter headband came from this shop. We kept looking at the earnings but didn’t buy any. Oh and the beautiful baskets, how I wish I needed one or two or three.

The swing dress I bought came from byTavi, a boutique that sells only fair trade items. I wanted to buy all their dresses, cardigans, purses, and skirts! They were all adorable and so reasonably priced! Each handmade item came with a little tag that said who made it. I’ve read about the boutique and it is truly something special. This boutique in general makes me want to buy all of my family’s clothes from shops like this one.

What are your favorite ethical shops? Bonus if they sell little girls dresses (size 3T & up) that can be worn for Christmas mass. 

I’ll end by linking up with Rosie with what we wore to mass. The scarf Madilyn is wearing came from byTavi and it matches just about everything in her closet. Also, please notice Genevieve’s shoes. The girls both got new tennis shoes this weekend and she insisted on wearing them to mass. That was one fight we were not about to battle.

***Not a sponsored post, just items that I found and love. 

Faithful servant striving for a humble heart


  1. Love love love that your parish held a market like that! It’s so hard to find affordable, ethically-made goods… Especially for kids!! I hope you got a lot of good suggestions – definitely share your findings!

  2. You all look adorable! I’ve also been saddened that ethical usually means expensive. On the one hand, we’ve gotten used to cheap things because they are often made unethically. On the other hand, we can only pay more when we have more to spend, and things like children and good educations cost money. It’s a careful discernment process!

    1. Thank you! Yes! Such a careful discernment process. My husband and I have talked about buying our clothes (not the girls) and gifts from ethical shops (or USA made).

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