BAGS, BABIES & BEYOND
Can a group of talented handcrafters use their passion and skills to raise funds for a cause? You bet we can.
It started as an idea in 2005 before the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was even established. A small group of talented women began by selling handmade purses and bags at local markets and sending the proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In 2006, they held their first stand alone sale - a sell out event.
In 2008, the first BAG, BABIES & BEYOND was held in its current venue, Marda Loop Communities Association, and the rest is a success story. The BB&B sale, held each October, is UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ largest single fund raising event. Handcrafters work all year long with guidance and support from a Handcrafts Committee. Throughout the year, workshops and demos are held, feedback is provided for what sells well and raw materials or kits are provided for many items. While some of the raw material for workshops and kits comes from local business supporters, most comes from the highly successful FABRIC & YARN SALE. There is a synergy that makes both events vital to the overall success of UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ fundraising efforts.
At BB&B customers find member-created, high-quality, handcrafted items for the individual from head to toe, from Baby Lily to Grandpa Joe plus gift items for hostesses and best friends and items for the home.
• Our famous felted, quilted and cloth purses and bags
• Book bags
• Babies’ and children's items - sweaters, slippers, toys, wall hangings
• Sweaters and vests for adults and teens
• Shawls and shawl pins
• Accessories - hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, socks, slippers, jewelry
• Household items - placemats, cozies, runners, Christmas ornaments, aprons
• Every year sees something new in our product lines
When the doors open, shoppers make a bee line for their favourite section and we try our best to keep it looking good and easy to find. During the sale, Members, identified by their UJAMAA GRANDMAS logo-emblazoned aprons, provide assistance to shoppers, model items, keep displays, props and signs in order and restock as the sale progresses. History of Fundraising Results - Gross proceeds:
2006 - First stand alone sale: $6000
2007 – $12,000
2008 - First UJAMAA GRANDMAS BB&B sale at Marda Loop. Numbers to come
2009 - $22,900
2010 - $27,900
2011 - $33,800
2012 - $34,500
2013 - $40,000
2014 - $50,500
2015 - $44,600
2016 - $48,500
2017 BB&B will be on October 20 and 21. Watch HOME
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