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Shop for a cause

Give to charity and get some holiday shopping done!

Jenn Scott September 19th, 2012

I do love a good cause.

 When that good cause incorporates shopping, I’m nearly euphoric.

Someone with a similar sentiment must have started WorldFest Market, hosted by World Neighbors, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit working to increase quality of living for people all over the globe, particularly those in poverty-stricken locales.

World Neighbors doesn’t just send food or money, however; it gets acquainted with the culture and the people, then teaches trades that will help ensure sustainability.

Saturday’s ninth annual WorldFest features fair-trade items from countries worldwide. It’s an excellent opportunity to get some of your Christmas shopping done (it’s never too early to start) by purchasing gifts like scarves, jewelry, decorations for the home, kitchen goods, holiday-themed items, coffee and foods.

Each item has been handmade by a skilled artisan who has learned a particular trade through World Neighbors educational classes. All sales go to the artists, as well as World Neighbors programs that support education and training to help develop long-lasting solutions to problems people face all over the globe.

WorldFest is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the OKC Public Farmers Market, 311 S. Klein, and tickets are $7. For more information, call 418-0406 or visit

If you can’t make it out Saturday but still want to shop for a cause, you’re in luck: Shop Good (3 N.W. Ninth; 702-0517) operates on a similar mantra.

While Shop Good isn’t a nonprofit, it orders and sells items that generally support the greater good.

For example, purchase a pair of Warby Parker frames, and the place will give a pair to a person in need. Two for the price of one! You also can pick up scarves and hats that have been knit by impoverished artisans, and a portion of the proceeds goes back to them.

Along the same lines of supporting economies and artists, why not keep it hyperlocal? Nestled in the Plaza District are some shops to feel really good about.

Bad Granny’s Bazaar (1759 N.W. 16th; 528-4585) is a local treasure full of, well, treasures. Here you’ll find unique and hip secondhand clothing, shoes and vinyl. The place is jam-packed with accessories, and the only way to get a fair scope is to see for yourself.

At Collected Thread (1705 N.W. 17th; 557-1141), also in the Plaza, you’ll find handmade items, some featuring local artists.

If you’re going to shop, why not make it a worthwhile investment that also will help others? Let’s shop, OKC!

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