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Published August 24th 2015
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Today is a momentous day as it is the very first time in my fifty odd years where I feel very confident about using the word serendipity.
If you find good things without looking for them, serendipity — unexpected good luck — has brought them to you.
Picture this: you've been busy in the garden repotting plants for spring. There is dirt under your nails and between your toes. There are splotches of mud on your shirt and the face is devoid of make-up. That's when it happens. Your supply of fertiliser for the plants runs out and you race off to the closest hardware shop looking like a newly excavated root vegetable.
Instead of heading into the hardware my attention is diverted to an interesting shop that has previously gone unnoticed. Perch and Pantry.
What a discovery!
Perch and Pantry is a home decor and giftware shop with a difference. It is sourced with both a social and environmental conscious. That means that they try to support designers who maintain a social conscience when producing their goods. In essence, it means that when we spend money in this store we are contributing to the world around us.
Perch and Pantry also supports the Living Hope Programme (Watoto Child Care Ministries) which revolves around restoring hope to HIV and single women in Northern Uganda. These women are given a small loan of sorts to commence a craft project which in turn will assist them regain dignity and financial independence by selling their wares.
Have a look at these beautiful necklaces made by some of these women from old magazines and newspapers.
There are just so many quirky items in this store and owner/operator Michelle is only too happy to share their stories. It is well worth a look for this reason alone.
But you know what? It gets better.
Perch and Pantry deliver Eco Workshops utilising salvaged materials from Recycled Garbage.
Earlier in the year Perch and Pantry ran a Macrame Workshop and early next month they are teaching how to make Woven Coil Bowls. This Workshop has been filled but I would recommend that you keep checking the Perch and Pantry Facebook page for new Workshop updates and prices.
Not only are these Workshops informative and fun, but a donation from each fee goes to Opportunity International Australia , lifting Mothers out of poverty through small business loans. Empowering Women through Craft is this organisation's mission statement.
Perch and Pantry is situated Shop 1AC/33 Shore Street West, Cleveland . Parking is extensive.
Store times are Mon – Fri 9am – 5 pm and Sat 9am – 2pm.
Michelle can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and would love to see you in person. Be prepared for a chat though – she is passionate about her business.
Serendipity does not come from Latin or Greek, but rather was created by a British nobleman in the mid 1700s from an ancient Persian fairy tale. The meaning of the word, good luck in finding valuable things unintentionally, refers to the fairy tale characters who were always making discoveries through chance.
Wouldn't it be great if our third world problems had a fairy tale ending?
Thanks for an amazing review & sharing my story!
You have really managed to capture my passion for all things good :)
There are still limited places for 3rd September workshop if anyone is interested....just email.
Look forward to meeting again, Michelle.