Croctoberfest is this Saturday, October 7, and we can’t wait! Not only will it be a fun night out at the zoo, but it also supports crocodilian conservation; a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Crocodilian Advisory Group. And in the spirit of giving, we decided to offer a Croctoberfest special event coupon!
Upon admission to the event, each guest will be handed a special coupon for 25% off one item from our fine and fair trade jewelry collections!*
These collections include MUCH of our unique jewelry selection, and we hope you’ll take advantage of this limited-time special offer.
So come to Croctoberfest and be prepared to spend a few minutes browsing in the Natural Selections Gift Shop! (And keep in mind, it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping…)
For more information on Croctoberfest, click here.
*Only coupons printed and distributed by Reptiland can be redeemed. No photocopies or reproductions accepted. Coupon valid only during Croctoberfest event (Oct. 7, 2017 from 7-10pm).
Sick of giving the same old flowers and candy to your special someone? Why not give from the heart with these Valentine’s Day gifts that give back?
We carry countless fair trade items from around the world, but we think the Brass Images line is especially exquisite, making it a great gift for Valentine’s Day (or any occasion…like a Tuesday).
Based in South Africa, Brass Images produces handcrafted brass and copper jewelry. Artisans apply high heat to these metals to produce ruby red copper and antiqued brass finishes without the use of paints or dyes. Gemstone accents add a colorful touch to the beautiful ethnic designs. These pieces have a unique yet polished look that can be dressed up or down and are sure to make a statement this Valentine’s day–because nothing says, “I Love You” like gorgeous jewelry that supports artisans in South Africa!
Note: the beautiful metal leaf sculpture featured in these photos is also for sale!
We strive to fill the Natural Selections Gift Shop with fun, educational items for children, while at the same time providing high-quality, unique gifts for adults. One of the product lines we’re proud to carry is Zulugrass. A member of the Fair Trade Federation, Zulugrass offers beautiful handmade beaded jewelry, and purchasing it supports the very women that make it! Read how it all started, then come to the Natural Selections Gift Shop to check Zulugrass out for yourself!
Leading a traditionally pastoral lifestyle, the Maasai people of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya and Tanzania herd cattle and live off the land. Despite modernization and change happening around them, the Maasai continue to keep their culture and traditions alive, adorning themselves with colorful clothing and ornaments.
After a terrible drought devastated the area and killed their cattle, essentially destroying their livelihood, the Maasai men were forced to drive the few remaining cattle miles away in search of better grazing, while the women were left (ill-equipped) to feed, clothe, and support their families.
Philip and Katy Leakey live among the Maasai, and decided they had to do something to help their neighbors get through the hard times that lie ahead. By utilizing the natural resources around them and the skilled beadwork of the Maasai women, the Leakeys came up with an idea…and Zulugrass was born!
Zulugrass jewelry is made from tall, native grass that is dried, cut into beads, dyed in over 200 colors, and strung onto durable elastic. The Leakeys added the touch of Czech glass beads for a more contemporary look with a bit of sparkle. The strands can be worn as necklaces, bracelets, anklets, chokers, and even belts!
Women began harvesting blades of grass one at a time for the unique handmade jewelry. Word spread of the opportunity that Zulugrass presented, allowing women the flexibility to bring their babies and toddlers to work and earn money for each piece of jewelry they made. Soon, women were walking as far as 2 hours each way to take advantage of this!
Zulugrass continues to grow, and now over 1,400 Maasai women are making Zulugrass, using their skills to support their families while maintaining the integrity of their traditional lifestyle.
Zulugrass is a fair trade product that supports the local economy of the Maasai people in Kenya. For more information on Zulugrass jewelry and other fair trade products they make, visit www.leakeycollection.com.