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SIFE holds gift fair on campus after Thanksgiving

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SIFE Fair Trade Friday gift fair Nov. 25-26
SIFE Fair Trade Friday gift fair Nov. 25-26

Fair Trade Friday, the North Central College Students In Free Enterprise’s (SIFE) fourth annual alternative gift fair, will be open after Thanksgiving Nov. 25 and 26 and in time for the holiday shopping season.

Convenient shopping hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, at the red brick house at 116 S. Brainard St.—home of North Central’s faculty offices for anthropology, sociology and the Division of Human Thought and Behavior. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

Open to the public, the fair will feature direct trade products, including handwoven goods and handcrafted wood and ceramics from Guatemala, wood products and journals from Costa Rica, handmade jewelry made by Hopi on an Indian reservation in Arizona, handmade kitchen utensils made from fallen trees in Guatemala and much more. And, of course, chocolates and SIFE’s Conscious Bean coffee—imported from the highlands of Guatemala and produced in a socially conscious way—will be available for purchase, too.

SIFE has developed relationships with all the products’ producers and artisans who are striving to become economically sustainable and protective of the environment.
The products available for sale at Fair Trade Friday are part of a SIFE project that focuses on operating a socially conscious, direct trade business called NCC’s Best. NCC’s Best was created in 2004 by North Central College’s SIFE students, who run all aspects of the business from researching to importing to marketing. The focus of the company is to help artisans, growers and producers in these partnering countries receive a fair market price for their goods and to lead by example in socially conscious business practices and products.

For more information about Fair Trade Friday, contact Jerry Thalmann, associate professor of accounting and co-faculty advisor for SIFE, at To learn more about NCC’s Best, visit