Interested in Representing Fair Trade?
Fair Do’s offers a popular sale or return service. Representatives of Fair Do’s can select stock to sell on their own stalls, on behalf of Fair Do’s. These stalls might be in a church, school, workplace or community centre. They might be regular events, or for a special occasion such as a fair. Any stock that is not sold is returned to Fair Do’s.
This is a great way of spreading the word about fair trade. Many of our representatives have had wonderful feedback from people who return again and again to purchase their coffee, cereal, handmade cards or whatever else has been chosen for the stall.
If you are interested in becoming a representative, we’d love to hear from you! There are no specific time commitments – it is up to you how often you hold a stall and you can begin as small as you like. Give us a call or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can download the Sale or Return contract here. Print it off, sign it, and bring it to the shop to get started straight away! We look forward to seeing you soon.
You can also download a Welsh version of the contract here.
One great way of showcasing fairtrade clothing is to hold a fashion show. In the past, Fair Do’s have lent out many items of clothing for fashion shows in schools, churches, universities, WI and more. These have always been popular events so if you fancy getting creative and organising a fun-filled evening to promote fair trade, get in touch! You can also borrow jewellery, scarves, bags and many other accessories to complement outfits and to sell at your event.
Here’s what some of our current reps have to say about their experience:
“We are passionate about trade justice and wanted to do something in our own community to help promote it. Our church already had a fair trade stall but we felt that stalls can sometimes be inefficient and might not provide the specific items people were after.
We came up with the idea of asking members of the congregation to subscribe to buying a basket of set goods each month. Over time, people began to customise their selections and we now have a list of around 45 items that can be ordered. Customers have come and gone but we currently have around 18 regulars who between them spend around £200 a month. Thanks to Fair Do’s, we don’t even need to hold stock at our house as we can collect from the shop on a Saturday and return any surplus on a Tuesday.”
Ian and Deb Lewis; St Mark’s Church, Gabalfa
“The Fair Do’s sale or return service has worked brilliantly for our school’s needs. We currently use around £1000 worth of tea and coffee a year; the large catering size tubs provided by Fair Do’s are perfect for our staff room, governors’ meetings, concerts, and any other events or visits held at the school. We also order chocolate and other snacks for stalls before Christmas and during Fairtrade Fortnight. What makes it even easier is that we can order everything over the phone and Fair Do’s invoice the school.”
Jo Perry, Head of RE at St Teilo’s CW High School, Cardiff – a fairtrade school