Friday, 17 December 2010

10 Small World Shopping Hours left!

At 4p.m. on Thursday 23 December the Small World volunteers  shut up shop for the festive break.

This means, you only have a short space of time to buy any last minute gifts, groceries or wrapping paper.

If you are looking for alternatives to traditional gift wrap, we have gorgeous recycled wrapping paper and Indian newspaper bags.

We are open:
Saturday 18th 10-12
Tuesday 21st 10 - 12 & 2-4
Thursday 23rd 10-12 & 2-4

Thank you for your continued support and customer during 2010.  It really is very much appreciated by all the volunteers, and makes such a difference to the fair trade producers in the developing world.

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

We re-open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday 11th January.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Gift ideas that won't break the bank

Christmas is only three weeks away -have you started your shopping yet?  No matter now organised you are, it is always wise to keep a few handy presents in reserve. 

Do you need small items for your children's classmates?  We have beautiful handcrafted friendship bracelets for just 40p.

Are you looking for a present for the teacher?  How about a twist on the "apple for the teacher" idea - a beautiful apple-shaped acacia wood bowl  - only £4!

Men are notoriously tricky to buy for but we have some seriously cool gifts including wallets made from recycled tyres, handcrafted journals and a range of hot and spicy sauces.
Is your workplace doing a 'Secret Santa'?  It's not easy to buy something for someone you don't know terribly well.  Why not opt for a practical item?  We have some tried and tested gifts such as kitchen utensils or glassware?

One of the nicest parts of the festive season is visting friends and family.  Sometimes invitations come out of the blue - that's when you need our Belgian chocolates - the perfect hostess gift.

The Small World has lots of small price tag items, most under £10.  There are far too many to show here so do pop in and have a look for yourself.

If you are stumped for ideas, we also sell gift vouchers!

Friday, 3 December 2010

We are still open!

Despite the snow, most of our volunteers are managing to get to the shop. 

If the sign is ON, we are IN - pop in and stock up on fair trade groceries, homewares, gifts and goodies.  You might want to phone first - 01875 813992.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

CANCELLED: Mulled Wine + Mince Pies

Sorry folks, but owing to the adverse weather, we have decided to cancel the Christmas event planned for Friday 3rd December.

Dependent of volunteer availability we aim to be open as usual Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-12 and 2-4 and Saturday 10-12. 
If you need to check our opening hours, please call 01875 813992.

Stay warm (we can recommend Traidcraft's Hot Chocolate!), stay safe!

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Can East Lothian become a Fair Trade County?

We certainly hope so!

Jacqui Leslie from the Economic Development Division of East Lothian Council is busy using social networking as a way of introducing fair trade to the folk of East Lothian.  With Longniddry leading the way as a Fair Trade Village and North Berwick having an active Fair Trade community, we are confident that other towns will follow.

 If you are an avid Facebooker, why not check out Fair Trade East Lothian.

The Small World uses Twitter (@sw9a) and you can add us as a friend on East Lothian Buzz.  Don't forget to sign up for newsletters (you can do this at the top of this blog).

2 hours to spare?

We currently have an urgent need for volunteers for the following shifts:
Tuesday 2-4
Friday 10-12
and Saturday 10-12

Pop into the shop and have a chat if you think you can help.

Remember we always need volunteers to help run the Small World, both in the shop and behind the scenes.  So, whether your area of interest is making up orders, displaying the stock attractively, or developing the business, your assistance will be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Christmas Evening

We’re Having a Christmas Open Evening!

Join us for mulled wine and mince pies and perhaps do a little Christmas shopping...

6 - 8.30 p.m. Friday, December 3rd 2010

9A Orchard Crescent, Prestonpans, EH32 9JJ


Monday, 8 November 2010


A few of the volunteers from The Small World went to Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh for a Malawi trade event.

We arrived in time to hear former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell launch the event (which marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Co-operation Agreement between Scotland and Malawi - you can sign the pledge to support the friendship between our two countries here).

Catherine, Christopher, Gail, Jan Rosemary and Sandra had a look around the marketplace with a view to sourcing new products for the shop.  

We are constantly looking to extend our range of fair trade crafts and are always happy when we find something unusual.

We especially liked the Dedza range of pottery and the intricate woodcarvings from the Mua Mission Cooperative (available from Just Trading Scotland from whom we buy our chutney, sauces and pickles).

Fellow fair traders Richard and Barbara from Earth Matters in North Berwick were there too.  Over a cuppa we had a chat about the trials and tribulations of independent retailers and "The East Lothian Question" (i.e. When will we become a fair trade county?).

It was a pleasant diversion and we will of course let you know as soon as we take delivery of new stock.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Make A Difference Day: 30th October 2010

Time flies by in the Small World.  Volunteers enjoy a blether while they make up orders and fill shelves.  It's easy to forget that we this thing we call voluntary 'work' does make a difference.

Each beautiful handcrafted item we sell has a story and makes a difference to someone:

Every Batsiranai doll sold from our wee shop in Prestonpans, has a twin in Zimbabwe, where it was made.  When you buy one of these handmade dolls, you keep one and its twin is given to a needy child from a family affected by HIV/AIDS. The dolls are made by the Batsiranai Mothers Group whose own children have special needs and are often shunned by Zimbabwean society.

The Goonj notepads are made from office waste paper (i.e. documents which have been printed on one side and plain on the other).  It is great gift for a Nosey Parker as you never know what you will find on the reverse!

By purchasing one of our carved wooden birds, you can Make a Difference to the Wichi Indians whose way of life is threatened by the relentless advance of 'civilisation'.

Volunteers are always needed in the Prestonpans shop.  If you would like to join our happy band of men and women, please call into the shop.

And if volunteering doesn't suit, please remember that 
hoosing Fair Trade really, really does Make a Difference.