Friday, July 8, 2011

A Snake in a Basket

Take care that you buy handcrafted items at festivals because you really like them, and not because of any claims the hawker makes. Here's a fine fellow who sold baskets to me and my friends at a local festival. He said that his family made them on a small island near Savannah.

We Love Our Baskets!
We each had great fun choosing just the right basket, and the price was right at between $30-$50. We love our baskets, no matter where they were made. Later that afternoon we went to a quilt show and a vendor there was selling the same baskets at the same price points, but she had not removed the "Made in Ghana" tags. Needless to say, we were not amused with our "Savannah" basket salesman's behavior.

Later that day, we returned to the festival and paid our fella a little visit. I told him that he had lovely baskets at a great price, and we would have purchased them even had he told us they were made in Ghana. I implored him to "change his ways" and tell the truth from then on. The next day we paid him another visit and he was jolly and jovial and assured us that he was no longer misrepresenting the baskets. The ladies in the neighboring booth who were selling handcrafted Christian-themed items smiled and nodded their heads to back up his claim.

Honesty is always the best policy.

With love from me to you...

1 comment:

FarmgirlDeb said...

Amen to that! Honesty is indeed always the best policy. I so respect that you and your friends were kind enough to share your thoughts with him!