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About GlobalMarketplace

Sales 1,200
On Etsy since 2013

How Global Marketplace began!

Gary Bond and his wife Jan Merrill started the company that would one day become Global Marketplace after organizing several fund-raisers selling gift packages of coffee from theThanksgiving Coffee Company. The Thanksgiving Coffee Company works with small coffee growers in Central America. Gary and Jan heard about Thanksgiving Coffee at a Democratic Party event, where the organizer took orders for the coffee and shipped the coffee later. When a fund-raiser for the Peace Center in Palo Alto, California, came up, Gary and Jan bought $500 of Thanksgiving Coffee up front, and sold the 1-pound gift bags at a Holiday Fair in December, 1987. All the coffee sold in two days, and the idea of retailing items over the counter was born.

In December, 1990, Gary and Jan organized a fund-raiser at their church, and sold Thanksgiving Coffee, crafts from Pueblo-to-People, and Earth Care notecards and gift wrap made from recycled paper. Many customers told them how much they appreciated the idea that their purchases were helping not only the church, but the craftspeople in Central America and the environment.

It was after this fund-raiser that Gary realized there was enough consumer demand for socially-responsible products for him to build a retail business. To test this idea, Gary rented a space at the largest local flea market in April, 1991, and successfully sold crafts and recycled paper products. The retail business was launched! Gary and Jan did more flea markets and special events in 1991 and finished the year with a Holiday store within the local Sears department store. This proved so successful that in March, 1992, Gary registered the name Global Village (now know as Global Marketplace) and opened a small retail store in Los Altos, California. After Gary realized the store was in the wrong location for walk-by traffic, he moved the business to a popular shopping center, Vallco Fashion Park in Cupertino, California, for the Holiday season in 1993.

In April 1994, Gary hired staff from local colleges and opened a full-time cart at Vallco. In April, 1996, Gary and Carol Horner opened a 1000-square foot retail store (Global Village) there. The store did very well until the decline of the shopping center reduced the foot traffic so much that sales declined sharply. The store was closed in December 1998. After a small trial of a cart at Valley Fair Shopping Center, Gary realized the Web was where the future of retailing crafts was and after closing the cart upgraded the online catalog and went online in the Spring of 1999. By the end of 1999 online sales were so good that the decision was made to make this the new home of Global Marketplace.

The main reason Gary, Jan, and Carol are retailing crafts is to help artists, their families, and villagers in developing nations make a better living. They have learned that it takes more than just retailing the crafts for this to happen. It takes changes in consumer, business, and government policy to really raise people above the poverty line. For this reason they announced in 1999 the creation of Global Marketplace, a non-profit corporation. In this way they can better build support for for these policy changes.

Shop members

  • Jan Merrill, Gary Bond


    We sell fair trade beads, buttons, jewelry and crafts at local fairs and on the web.

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Last updated on May 10, 2022
Welcome to our Online Store. We have Fair Trade beads, fabric and craft supplies from developing nations all over the world. We ship FREE in the USA to all addresses including APO/FPO's & PO Boxes. We are located in Rocklin, California.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
A full refund will be given for any reason within 30 days of purchase.
All orders must be prepaid via a major credit card or PayPal at the time of purchase.
We ship First Class via the US Post Office every day but Sunday. Most items will arrive in the US in 3-4 working days.
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GlobalMarketplace is considered a professional seller (known as a trader) in the EU. What's this?