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Fair trade means the producers of the goods get a fair whack for their work. Which gives one a warm glow. Plus the goods in this shop are so quirky and so much fun - and not expensive.
I bought a new bag from here made of a fish food sack from Vietnam - but I also really liked the bags made of fruit juice cartons and the plainer, more serious bags made by Indian ex-prostitutes.
Some practical clothes, skirts, trousers etc, coffee and other edibles, some great shoes (my next purchase). Oh and jewelry and toys - oh and lots of stuff.
The staff are pleasant, and there are always new goods coming in. Wonderful new surprises. So far my favourite shop in Belgrave.
What to pay: My bag cost $38. The shoes I want cost $60.
Updated Jul 1, 2009
It's not special, it is just a supermarket. But it does have a very good busking spot.
We have those new fangled trolleys you have to put a coin in to free from the chain.
So you collect your trolley - bustle past the busker. When you come out he is still there but you don't have to make eye contact, you are walking away.
But then you have to return your trolley and you make eye contact and you have a coin in your hand from the trolley return.
You don't have to scramble for change in your purse, you have had a fair stretch of time to wonder why a guy would need to torture his accordian in public like that, and he sees you have a coin in your hand.
Never been there when there hasn't been a busker hopefully assailing your eardrums.
Written Dec 18, 2008