Fair Treasure Box: January 2014

January 10, 2014

I received my first Fair Treasure box in the mail yesterday!   This is a monthly subscription and one can expect to receive 2 to 3 handcrafted items in every box valuing at least $35.  The contents in the box are made by artisans from all over the world, and Fair Treasure only includes items made by those who are receiving a fair wage.  That way the workers are able to better themselves, help their families, and save some money.  In the box, there were two cards that "introduced" me to the artisans that made my items.  I thought this was a nice touch and that it made it more personal. 

This subscription box costs $35 per box if you pay on a month-to-month basis, and that includes shipping.  If you buy the three month plan, it costs $95 which can save you 10%.  My sister was super generous and got me the three month subscription for Christmas, so I'll be sharing what I receive for the next three months with you.  :)

The contents:

* Cubist Earrings

* Eva Hand painted Mug

This time both items in the box were made in India, but Fair Treasure has included items from Kenya, Haiti, and El Salvador in the past, just to name a few.

Tara Projects World Finds Cubist Earrings:  These earrings are probably not something that I would have picked out for myself, but I still like them and think that they are well made.  The reason why I wouldn't have picked these is because I do have sensitive ears and wearing bulky earrings tend to bother me after a few hours because they become painful.  I thought that these earrings were going to be heavy since they are bigger than most earrings that I typically wear, but when I picked them up they were much lighter than I expected.  I'm going to try them out tonight and hope that all goes well because I'm up for a change.  I don't own anything quite like these in my current jewelry collection.   

Nkuku Eva Hand Painted Mug:  I absolutely LOVE this mug!!  My boyfriend chipped my favorite mug that I bought in France, so getting a mug like this was perfect timing for me.  It's made out of tin so it is safe to drink out of.  It is hand painted, so you can't put it in the dishwasher, but I'm okay with that because the bird and leaf design is so beautiful I wouldn't want to chance it coming off.  The mug also happens to be in my favorite color, red! 

What I like about this subscription service:

*The items were packed well and the earrings were in cute packaging.
*The information cards showed me how the artisans were benefiting from this purchase.
* I love jewelry, and while jewelry doesn't come in every single box, it has been in a lot of the past boxes.
* I have a weakness for handcrafted goods from around the world and cannot readily find them in shops around where I live.

Now, $35 is kind of pricey for a subscription service compared to the other ones I've signed up for.  I understand that the money goes to a good cause, so I'm not complaining about that, but I don't think I would be able to afford to keep this an active subscription all year long.  I can see myself continuing to ask for this as a gift, though!  My sister told me she likes it when I ask for a subscription box because she says she is bad at buying gifts for people and this makes it easier for her.

What do you think about this month's Fair Treasure box?
8 comments on "Fair Treasure Box: January 2014"
  1. I think that's super cute!! I agree, the cost is a bit pricey, but how cool!

  2. What a lovely idea. I agree it's a bit pricey. I adore that mug though!

    Louisa - My Family & Abruzzo

    1. I know--they have them in different colors, so I was glad I got the red one.

  3. I think for the price they could have included a bit more but I think the earrings will look wonderful on you!


    1. Aw, thanks! Luckily I have a lot of black in my wardrobe because I think they will go well with some of black tops.

  4. I'm glad you like the mug and are trying out the earrings. They don't tell you how many items are in each box, so I was a little surprised about only 2. At least the money goes for a good cause. I'm curious to see Box 2 and 3. :D

    1. I'm also curious about Box 2 and 3, but box one was a hit.