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Vendor Spotlight: TagBags

19 Nov

TagBags are handbags made from recycled South African license plates and inner tubes. There are seven different designs, all named for a woman in the township of Kayamandi South Africa who is making a difference in her community of 25,000 people living together in a one square mile area.

The idea behind TagBags is simple – the more bags that are sold, the more jobs that are created. The more jobs that are created, the more lives that are changed. The owners of TagsBags are often asked why they don’t have the bags manufactured in China or Mexico, where it could be done less expensively. But to that they say, “The point is that we actually WANT them to be made in South Africa because we WANT to create jobs.” TagBag is just as much about MAKING the purses as it is about SELLING them. The dream is to have TagBag Purse Plants all over the world, creating jobs in impoverished areas as they manufacture amazing purses made from recycled materials.

Vendor Spotlight: 118 Degrees & Avanti Cafe

19 Nov

Not only will the owners of both 118 Degrees and Avanti Cafe be leading cooking demos during The Inspired Buyer (check the Activities page for their schedule), but each restaurant will also be selling their delectable goodies during the event. Perfect for an individual present or an addition to a gift basket, Avanti Cafe specializes in an array of handmade food items, such as hot sauces, jams, marinades, spreads, and butters – all made from fresh, local, and mostly organic produce. Yum!

While both restaurants, focus on healthy, vegetarian dishes, 118 Degrees’ specialty is raw cuisine, a.k.a living food that has not been cooked above 118 Degrees. Maintaining the foods essential nutrients and enzymes, you have to taste owner, Jenny Rosses delicious recipes to truly understand how great raw food can be. At The Inspired Buyer she’ll be selling an assortment of her pre-made goodies, including Chipotle Ranch Wraps, Kale Salads, Tames, Tacos, Macadamia Macaroons, and more.

With the Seabirds gourmet food truck also parked at the event throughout the day, I think we got your hungry belly covered!

Vendor Spotlight: Kauzbots

18 Nov

Kauzbots are plush toy robots with a heart for changing the world, one cause at a time. There are 10 different handcrafted, colorful and lovable Kauzbots robots, each 18″ tall.  10% of the retail price is donated to a non-profit focused on a cause close to each robots heart.

Behind the lovable Kauzbots are a team of friends who are passionate about inspiring kids and adults to make a difference in the world, and they are committed to social movement through implementing creative ideas. They are convinced that together we can make an impact upon some of the greatest social issues around the world. It is from this passion that the Kauzbots company was born and started producing plush toys and apparel.

Vendor Spotlight: Mariposa Designs

18 Nov

Throughout history, and across cultures, jewelry has been an integral part of the human experience. We’ve been adorning our bodies with raw materials . Such as grass woven necklaces with shells.  Jewelry is more than an accessory; it’s a religious token, a treasured family heirloom passed down from mother to daughter, a glittering status symbol, a currency, a memento, a talisman, an expression of love. Ultimately, jewelry is an expression of self.

Angelica Mariposa, owner of Mariposa Designs began learning the several facets of silver smithing and jewelry design in high school. She became fascinated with the art, and soon after turned her love into a business. Today Angelica loves to see people adorn themselves, it inspires her. Most of all, however, she is inspired by her two son’s and her very creative husband. Angelica has a small studio in her home in Los Angeles.

Vendor Spotlight: Raven + Lily

17 Nov
Raven + Lily is a non-profit studio dedicated to empowering marginalized women through design partnerships and micro-enterprise opportunities. Raven + Lily supports women’s empowerment programs that comply with fair trade standards and provides design focused micro-enterprise training.  Proceeds from all products help create jobs for more women and also contribute to community development.


Vendor Spotlight: Sustainable Kids Brand

16 Nov

Sustainable Kids is an eco-friendly, globally responsible brand with an edge. The company embodies kids of the future who want to do right by the earth, feel good about what they’re wearing and not sacrifice an ounce of style. Sustainable Kids allows kids to make positive choices about their personal attire and let others know they mean business. The collection is for boys and girls, ages 2-14. All dyes are GOTS-certified. The collection is manufactured entirely in the USA and uses only organic cottons, recycled yarns and hemp blends. Screen printing inks are lead and phthalate- free. Even its labels and hangtags are made from recycled materials.

The company’s core belief is that “Every effort, no matter how small, achieves positive change.” They encourage kids to act on their innate love for the earth by making positive lifestyle choices and by helping others in need. Kids can practice their global awareness through the company’s Gift-that-Gives-Back program that allows kids to make simple donations to their school program in Haiti.

Vendor Spotlight: Crow’s Cloth

16 Nov

Crow’s Cloth is a unique clothing and accessories line, hand made, piece by piece at home in owner, Doriandra Smith’s, dangerously cluttered sewing room. Her quality fabrics come from industry cast offs, discontinued materials, roll ends – basically the best detritus of the huge and often wasteful world of textiles. For 13 years, her work has been creeping across the world into numerous art galleries, retail venues and music events such as Lolapalooza and Peter Gabriel’s, World of Music and Dance.