This weekend Raj and I popped along to our local Homesense, a treasure trove of beautiful homewares, to pick out a few new bits and bobs for the house. I was invited specifically to check out the new baskets on sale as part of the community initiative that TK Maxx and Homesense (they’re the same company) run.
These beautifully handmade baskets are made by remote communities in Western Uganda with the Rwenzori Trading Company . All using local materials and traditional weaving techniques. The collection is part of an initiative to help families increase their incomes so they can afford to send their kids to school. For instance, the sale of two baskets will be enough to send one child to school for a term in Uganda.
“TK Maxx and Homesense have been working in Uganda since 2008 enabling more than 10,000 children in 12 communities to go to school. Since the sustainable trade project started in 2011, there has been a 40% increase in children finishing primary school education.”
The unique Uganda homeware pieces are available from both TK Maxx and Homesense stores nationwide and online.
One of my fave things about Homesense is that every time you visit there is something new in there. You get to have a good rummage to find some unique treasures for your home. I find the pricing excellent and they have some unique quality finds that you only come across once in a while. It’s great for homewares that a bit of personality to your home.
“Homesense operates an exciting ‘off-price’ concept which offers unique and branded homeware always up to 60% less.”
We picked up a few treasures on this trip. Raj picked out some large crystal candle holders that were at least half the price I have seen elsewhere. They will go beautifully on our sideboard in the living room.
I picked up a couple of new scented candles for the autumn/winter season. My candle collection is getting ridiculously large now!
And I also bought one of the Rwenzori Trading Company Ugandan baskets for my office. There’s something rather satisfying about knowing you are making a difference with your purchases. We get gorgeous quality handmade homewares, and a child is getting an education. That’s worth every penny!
Shopping for a good cause, what better excuse is there?!